Downtown Edmonton may not look like much now, but by the time the Oilers hit the ice for the 2016/2017 inaugural season at Rogers Place Edmonton's downtown core will have almost 2 billion dollars worth of new developments. That kind of large scale building means our city will never look the same again. But the arena is only one of many large projects to be going up in the downtown core in the coming years.
JW Marriott and Legends Residences will occupy the Ice District Hotel; a 54-storey building made up of 22 floors of hotel space and condo/residential space above the hotel. It will include 356 rooms and suites, more than 25,000 square feet of meeting and conference space and a 10,000 square foot ballroom. Featuring a spa and dining room from Oliver and Bonacini, the JW Marriott promises to bring a new level of luxury to Edmonton.
In 2018 Stantec's new home will stand in the centre of Edmonton's bustling Ice District. With the architecture and engineering handled by professionals fro across Stantec, At 62 storeys, it will be the tallest structure in the city, changing Edmonton's image forever.
A major entertainment tenant in the new Ice District comes from a joint Venture announced by Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Ltd. The $32 million Gateway Casino will be located in the 125,000 square foot building adjacent to Rogers Place, on the northwest corner of 104 Avenue and 102 St. The name for this new entertainment venue, The Grand Villa.
The facility will feature live, upscale dining and a gaming floor twice the size of the one currently in the Baccarat Casino. Planners say this Casino will be much more of an entertaining space. "A place where people can go, have a good time, and if you want to gamble you can do that too."
With the Royal Alberta Museum on the move to heart of Edmonton's Ice District beginning this year, when it opens it will be the largest museum in Western Canada. New natural and human history wings will tell Alberta's incredible archeological and cultural stories; boasting double the exhibition space, creating more opportunities for visitors to interact with the museum and each other.
It's so hard to follow all of these great projects, and it is even harder to imagine what Edmonton will look like when it is all done. For information on all of the current downtown projects (approved and proposed), check out the graphic below. And watch for more posts on the excitement of what is the future of Edmonton.