Master Planning

Location:

Edmonton, AB

Timeline:

2017 - Ongoing

Status:

In Progress

Size:

+/- 4,251,000 sq/ft

ICE District Phase 2 will complete the development vision surrounding Rogers Place. Phase 2 will occupy over 13 acres of land directly north and east of the arena.

The ambition of ICE District Phase 1 was to firmly integrate Rogers Place into downtown Edmonton. By landing the arena front door in a new urban plaza, and then lining that plaza on all sides with commercial, office, and residential above, Phase 1 seamlessly connects Rogers Place into both the existing central business district and the growing residential and commercial warehouse district.

The ambition of ICE District Phase 2 is to integrate the arena into the educational district to the west, the residential neighborhoods to the north, and the commercial district to the east of the arena. Given the current isolated state of both the housing and commercial stock north of the arena, Phase 2 is in many ways even more ambitious than Phase 1.

Phase 2 takes a similar strategy to Phase 1 in creating value and organizing development. Phase 2 will be anchored by creating a large park or back yard to the arena, much like the plaza to the south creates the front yard. But unlike the hard, urban plaza of Phase 1, this park will be a natural and green park, and will combine the existing city MacEwan LRT Park and approximately 1 acre of private development land for a total park area of almost 80,000 square feet. In addition, the Park will include a large community anchor building for the likes of community markets, a restaurant and community offices. Like the plaza in Phase 1, it is this park that will serve as an anchor and to create value for over 4 million square feet of surrounding commercial development.

The district’s flavor will be that of an inner city residential neighborhood in both scale and proportion compared to its more central business district Phase 1 neighbour. When built out, Phase 2 will have approximately 3,000 residences, 800,000 square feet of office, over 200,000 square feet of retail, and at least one hotel, all housed in 12 towers and one historic building. Included will be almost 4,000 parking stalls, mostly below grade.

Edmonton has no larger development. When completed, Phase 2 itself will house over 4,500 residents, with restaurants, retail and office space, all anchored by a LRT station, a large park and community building. In providing a home for approximately one in five downtown residents, ICE District Phase 2 will form a new nexus of residential development and act as a catalyst for the continuing regeneration of Central McDougall, McCauley, Boyle, and Riverdale communities.