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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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You call it Rossdale, we call it Pehonan

12 Jul

Something important from Zoe Todd, Edmonton architect studying away for a bit.  From Rossdale Regeneration’s perspective, the storied complexity of the site is all of importance in preservation and in its community public significance.  We recommend reading Zoe’s piece on this  You call it Rossdale, we call it Pehonan.  And here’s an audio version, from Zoe’s spot on CBC Edmonton’s Radioactive

Thinking Rossdale, thinking Kansas City?

7 Jul

Many of you probably don’t subscribe to the Concrete Repair Bulletin.  Nor do we– yet.  But our attention has been directed to the CRB’s November-December 2012 edition and an example of power station re-use in Kansas City.  This, after 40 years sitting abandoned and unused…

The new Kansas City Ballet facility defines an adaptive reuse of an abandoned, severely distressed 100-year-old former power plant into an historic restoration and preservation achievement dedicated to the performance art of ballet by the following:

• A unique architectural period building was saved and restored to its original façade and principal interior appearances and spaces;

• Extensive structural condition surveys in advance of the selective demolition and construction phases identified critical structural deficiencies and material properties that allowed the designteam to work with the contractors early on in stabilizing and restoring the exterior and interior building structure;

• Adaptation of the Kansas City Ballet to the Power House saved millions of dollars in new construction costs and enabled a sustainable reuse of a historic building; and

• The historical restoration included significant, almost-daily challenges to repairing the corrosion and moisture damage to all of the concrete, masonry, and steel while ensuring compliance with the design restoration and program

Preserve Rossdale power plant while its future is planned, group urges

5 Jul

EDMONTON – The city should preserve the historic Rossdale power plant for at least a year so a plan for the structure’s future can be developed, a citizen group says.City councillors balked last winter at the estimated $80-million cost to maintain the five-storey building and upgrade it for some… (continue article link)

Chelsea Boos’s Open Letter to the Rossdale Power Plant

14 Jun

back-words-rossdaleThe Mayor has warned that it may ask the province to remove the Historical Designation (for the second time) on this imposing yet beautiful piece of architecture, a landmark of Edmonton, a testament to the site where people have settled for thousands of years, and a symbol of the growth of the city as we know it.

It would cost only 7.4 million dollars to stabilize the complex of buildings, which have minor structural issues, plus 87 million dollars to save and later repurpose the plant into one of many fantastic visions already developed and studied. Meanwhile, the city has just announced that it will fund a 35 million dollar gondola from downtown to the Rossdale Community. Maybe I’m just cynical, but it sounds to me like a certain someone wants waterfront development, and thinks this old thing is in the way.

By Chelsea Boos

visit her website here

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