Today was a historic day for both the City of Edmonton and NAIT as both parties, alongside the Government of Alberta announced NAIT’s expansion into the Blatchford neighbourhood. This is the first land sale announcement for the community and will allow NAIT to almost double its current campus size.
— NAIT (@NAIT) February 6, 2019
In the photo, NAIT Board Chair, Ray Martin, Mayor Don Iveson, MLA David Shepherd, Dr. Glenn Feltham, NAIT President and CEO and Councillor Bev Esslinger at the announcement.
With the land sale agreement, NAIT has acquired 32.79 acres on the Blatchford development site, west of its main campus at Princess Elizabeth Avenue and 109 Street, and also has an option to purchase another eight acres southwest of this area. NAIT has also purchased the site of the City’s former Westwood Transit Garage, which totals 53 acres. Within Blatchford, NAIT’s expansion will sit on the east side of the community, near the future Metro Line LRT extension, the Civic Plaza and the Town Centre. [perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Fact: Blatchford is 536 acres – that’s roughly the same size as our current downtown![/perfectpullquote] “This is a huge step forward for Blatchford, for NAIT, and for the City of Edmonton,” says Mayor Don Iveson. “With NAIT expanding and anchoring our Innovation Corridor at the east end of the new Blatchford neighbourhood, they can bring their expertise in academics and alternative energy to enhance student and resident experiences there.” The newly acquired land allows NAIT to plan for future growth to meet the needs of students and industry partners for decades to come. A student residence is expected to be one of the first developments on the land within Blatchford, and a skills centre is in the early planning stages for the Westwood Transit Garage land. [perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Fact: Blatchford will be made up of two primarily residential spaces, that will be packed full of life, an 80-acre central park, plenty of additional green space and a civic plaza[/perfectpullquote] “We are thrilled to be welcoming NAIT as our first neighbour in the Blatchford community,” says Tom Lumsden, Blatchford Redevelopment Manager. “Integrating NAIT into the Blatchford community will add vibrancy to the neighbourhood and provide dynamic opportunities for residents, businesses and students”.
This is an exciting step for Blatchford, announcing the first land sold within the community. While the NAIT-acquired land will sit on the east side of the neighbourhood, the first homes will be built in Blatchford West. The Blatchford team is currently in the process of selling the first parcels of residential land and the builders will be announced very soon. Living, working and playing in Blatchford continues to get closer each day – and we can now add “studying” to that list!