Archive | August, 2013

Mayoral Candidates Weigh In on Power Plant’s Future

30 Aug

As election campaigns begin to gain momentum heading into the fall, mayoral candidates Karen Leibovici and Don Iveson have posted statements regarding the future of the Rossdale Power Plant on their websites.

Councillor Leibovici sees the power plant as “an anchor for a whole new place for Edmontonians to gather,” continuing the tradition that the site has held for thousands of years. For now, she agrees that city council need a bit of “breathing space” to make the best decision.

Click here for Karen Leibovici’s full statement.

After taking a tour of the buildings, Councillor Iveson admits that “rising to this challenge will require real creativity.” Of course, creativity may take time, and it will require help from a number of stakeholders.

Click here for Don Iveson’s full statement.

Executive Committee Results

21 Aug

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On Monday, the Executive Committee of Edmonton City Council received a report by Rossdale Regeneration and the results are encouraging!

The committee unanimously passed a motion with five parts — two of which address Rossdale ReGeneration’s major concerns:

1. That the city act to preserve the Rossdale Powerplant in a way to ensure structural stability while future plans are being considered.

2. To consider repurposing the plant through consultation with interested parties and an eye towards creativity and sustainability.

Here are some responses from the media: 

Edmonton Journal

CBC News

CTV News

Metro

Rossdale Regeneration community group to make its case to City Council’s Executive Committee on the preservation of Rossdale Power Plant (Monday, August 19th, 10:30 am)

18 Aug

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 Executive Committee of Edmonton City Council was scheduled to receive a report from City Administration relating to the Rossdale Power Plant site at its July 8 meeting. A motion was made at the July 8 meeting to postpone the report until Executive Committee’s August 19, 2013 meeting, where the report from Administration is expected to be presented.

In addition to the presentation of City Administration’s report to Executive Committee at the August 19 meeting, Rossdale Regeneration is scheduled to present its report and recommendations for the Rossdale Power Plant site. Rossdale Regeneration’s recommendations are:

1.     We recommend that the City of Edmonton protect and preserve the Rossdale Power Plant for a minimum of one year. This means that the owner would commit the required funds to keep the buildings stable and secure, to allow time for the best ideas for a repurposing project to emerge and develop.

2.     We recommend that the City of Edmonton initiate repurposing of the Rossdale Power Plant in a creative, appropriate and sustainable way.

“The Rossdale Power Plant is an important part of our city’s architectural history,” said former City Councillor and Rossdale Regeneration member Michael Phair. “Too many times we’ve been quick to tear down beautiful old buildings in Edmonton, and this time we have the chance to get it right and ensure that the building is preserved for the enjoyment and use of Edmontonians and visitors long into the future.”

Phair will be at the Executive Committee meeting on August 19 and available for comment. The meeting will take place starting at 9:30 a.m. in the River Valley Room at City Hall. Rossdale Regeneration is scheduled to make its presentation at 10:30 a.m.

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Rossdale Regeneration website: www.rossdaleregeneration.ca

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:

Michael Phair

780-426-1516

michaelphair@shaw.ca

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