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Media advisory: Rossdale Regeneration to release report & recommendations, Thursday, July 4, 11:30 am

3 Jul

Edmonton- Rossdale Regeneration is a diverse group of Edmontonians who have come together to advocate for the protection and preservation of the Rossdale Power Plant as an important part of our city’s architectural history. The group has developed a report and recommendations on the Rossdale Power Plant, which will be made public at a media event on Thursday, July 4, 2013.

The Rossdale Power Plant is currently owned by Epcor. It is subject to a provincial historic designation which prevents the plant’s demolition. Alberta Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk commented recently that she intends to honour the provincial heritage designation which protects the building. Rossdale Regeneration envisions a creative and innovative repurposing of the Rossdale Power Plant which would allow it to thrive as an architectural and cultural centerpiece of a vibrant river valley district.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, July 4, 2013

Time: 11:30 AM – Noon

Location: Rossdale Community League Hall, 10135 – 96 Ave. Edmonton

Program: Rossdale Regeneration spokespeople former City Councillor Michael Phair and Edmonton’s Historian Laureate Shirley Lowe will outline Rossdale Regeneration’s recommendations for the Rossdale Power Plant and take questions from the media.

Rossdale Regeneration is scheduled to present its report and recommendations to the Executive Committee of Edmonton City Council on Monday, July 8, 2013. The meeting will take place in public.

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact: Michael Phair, 780-426-1516,

Old Strathcona Foundation’s position on Rossdale

3 Jul

The Old Strathcona Foundation is writing to express our concern over the proposed de-registration of Edmonton’s Rossdale Power Plant… It is an iconic feature in the heart of our river valley and deserves to be restored and re-purposed…

Please consider the wonderful potential of this site for our future generations. A Provincial Historic Site is permitted to be altered for a number of valid reasons if such actions do not disturb or destroy the significant heritage fabric of the site. This could become a vibrant and viable space that celebrates the heritage of this area from the time of settlement to the birth of industry in our city.

At the very least, this is an important issue to Edmontonians and should be deserving of more public consultation before any internal decisions are made.

This letter was copied to Edmonton’s City Council and to Alberta’s Minister of Culture, to which Minister Klimchuk replied.

Old Strathcona Foundation’s Core Values

  • Stewardship: acts as steward of the historic area of Old Strathcona, its assets, its historical stories
  • Community: engaged in the Strathcona and area community
  • Collaboration: Old Strathcona Foundation is a leader with others such as the local community partners, businesses, governments and other heritage organizations in the pursuit of its mission
  • Service: provides local heritage knowledge with effective programs for preservation and revitalization of the Strathcona heritage area

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