The city of St. Albert has a proven track record of supporting developers over citizens in the Grandin Mall redevelopment. There were many deep concerns and much vocal opposition to the proposal for three towers possibly over 20 storeys. Despite the use of all reasonable legal options to resist this construction, the city managers and council supported the developers over neighbours. I left our family home of just under 50 years in part because of this project, and I pity the new owners as they face months (years!) of construction, highrise owners staring into their bedroom windows, and the blight of these monstrosities in the gorgeous Grandin neighbourhood. Not good!
Oh – the city doesn’t even necessarily support its own standards over developers. The construction company put up three “Coming Soon” signs in clear violation of bylaw standards, and when this was brought to the city managers, their response – “Meh, no big deal ...” Oakmont and Erin Ridge residents should be very, very afraid!
Mike Otto, St. Albert