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Construction to resume on former Blind Pig site, developer says

John Clark, Niche Development president, said the company has experienced issues with the steel used for construction in the building's parkade, but couldn't give more information as Niche is awaiting an insurance claim approval.
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Construction on Niche Development's St. A Square — a net zero greenhouse-gas emission multi-tenant rental — is set to resume in the coming weeks, according to the development company working on the site. RACHEL NARVEY/St. Albert Gazette

Those curious about halted construction at the former Blind Pig site will see movement resume in the coming weeks, according to the development company working on the site. 

Demolition of the former site took place in the summer of 2020, but construction has been stalled for the past several months. John Clark, president of Niche Development Corporation, said while he can’t give details about the cause of the delays due to legal reasons, construction will resume after Mother’s Day on May 8. 

“There were some issues with the steel,” Clark said, noting Niche is still waiting for an insurance claim to go through, meaning he can’t say much more at this time. “We have to rip it all out and restart the project, and that’s essentially what’s going to happen over the coming weeks.”

According to Niche’s website, the upcoming eight-storey building — called St. A Square — will be Canada’s first net-zero greenhouse-gas emission, multi-tenant rental, with tenants paying lower utility expenses due to the building’s design.  

Current timelines for the project pinpoint completion within the next two years, Clark said. 

“The best thing for if anyone’s really wondering is, yes, the project Is going to get finished,” Clark said.  

The building will still follow its original design but will include a different parkade due to the steel issues, Clark said. 

“Once built, the project will be Canada’s demonstration of how you can build a building with no emissions,” Clark said.