Client: Pinto Properties Inc.
Role: Rezoning Application, Planning Advisory, Urban Design
Green Space Alliance (GSA Consulting Inc.) was retained by Pinto Properties Inc. to provide Planning and Urban Design services on their rezoning application in the McKernan, a mature neighbourhood in Edmonton. The project, called Metro 78, comprises two seven-storey buildings at the doorsteps of the McKernan-Belgravia LRT station. Metro 78 is an example of quality development in Edmonton that breaks the cycle of car-oriented design and culture. It will be a car-free development in McKernan. The proposed concept started from a simple idea – make housing more equitable through transit-oriented development. The owner of Pinto Properties took cues from his observations of how people in Europe live more locally and do not need a car. Metro 78 will be a beacon for the neighbourhood. People already access both the east and west residential areas from the LRT at this location. This pedestrian gateway is a foundation feature in the McKernan-Belgravia Area Redevelopment Plan. The goal is to reconnect the east and west side community bisected by 114 Street.