In support of citizens concerns and objections to building another multi -level 90 unit building on Sturgeon Road in Braeside, replacing 3-4 beautiful houses and a big part of the park to the east. The proposed swap of property, the height of the building, the method of construction on below water table soils, the increase traffic coming onto Sturgeon, the displacement of trees along the Red Willow Park walks, and the general sight line along the river will forever be destroyed. As well, for those wanting to walk and talk in solitude, respite and privacy, will be displaced forever.
People in Braeside have had a lot taken from them over the years and now will have to put up with: a large building on the river; increased traffic with 80 units and 80 plus vehicles coming and going from beneath the building a single entrance out onto Sturgeon Road. I would imagine another traffic light will be necessary once the building is completed. For the planned entrance will be aligned with Beacon Cr. Lots of fun ahead, eh?
The representatives of the "unknown" developer (Greg MacKenzie & Associates Consulting Ltd. email@example.com), who cannot be found online because the dot com name goes to the Highlands Community League in Edmonton. The organization and backers for the project appear to be a mystery at every search. The representatives who appeared at the location were not very informative, nor did they seem well versed in potential problems with building in such a location.
So my opinion is that those presenting the scant model of the building and property were front men for whoever is behind the development. From where is the money coming? Who is really behind the development? How did they get this far without a word from anyone? How can "one" person buy out three beautiful large homes and properties along the river apply for tearing down these homes, get approval from the city to pursue this kind of development without someone knowing? Or, without the city ensuring that whoever is developing the land, can in fact follow through with the financing and expertise to build in such a location?
We have had several buildings in St. Albert fall short and lay unfinished, or, vacant for years. Examples: Medical Office building next to Socrates Restaurant, Tenor Condos just down the street from where the above building on Sturgeon is located, and the condos in old down town St. Albert next to the St. Albert Trail near the Clock Tower. All were started. Never checked out by the city and all failed miserably. Landrex took over the Tenor development and saved the city another unfinished monster on the river. The builders of the Medical structure next to Socrates still lays empty, and the one downtown took nearly ten years before someone took over that one.
Will, or, can the city guarantee that the same thing will not happen again with mysterious financial backers? Will the city protect the trees and designated park land along the river? Or, is it a double speak on the "Cultivating Life," "Greening City?" Where is the integrity? Will the city allow this kind of development along the Sturgeon to continue and change the nature (Cultivating Life, the Garden City, the River City), of St. Albert, spoiling the natural and peaceful nature walks of its citizens?
I would ask all readers and friends of readers: Is this what the people of St. Albert, no matter where you live here in the city, want going forward? Is it worth having their Council and its Administration approve this kind of robbery of land and landscape in order to justify their need for tax money? Get mad. It may happen to your neighbourhood some day too. We are all St. Albertans. We should be a collaborate family against this kind of development. Or, in a few years, we have none of the enjoyment of a river valley.