Why Revitalizing Spruce Grove’s City Centre is Important
Spruce Grove is one of Alberta’s fastest growing communities. The City has witnessed sustained and rapid growth in its population, with an average annual growth rate of 5.1% over the previous 5 years and 4.4% over the last 20 years. The City is also part of a tri-municipal area that consists of the City of Spruce Grove and the adjoining municipalities of Stony Plain and Parkland County. The combined population is approximately 85,000 people. Spruce Grove serves as the commercial service centre for the tri-municipal area and beyond. The City has an extensive retail and professional office base that has grown dramatically in recent years to over 2.35 million square feet of space.
A community’s City Centre is the face it presents to the world. The Spruce Grove City Centre is a large area bounded by Calahoo Road to the west, Highway 16A to the south, Broxton School to the east, and an irregular shaped border to the north that runs along Church Avenue and extends down King Street on the Park commercial plaza. Columbus Park is often identified as the main hub of the City Centre.
The condition of a location's City Centre speaks volumes about the health of the local economy, whether or not local residents and property owners reinvest in themselves. Spruce Grove businesses located within the Business Improvement Area are leaders in bringing improvement, design, and strategy to the City Centre. They know a vibrant City Centre affects the community’s ability to attract and retain residents, businesses and institutions, jobs, and investment that enable a city to endure and thrive!
The following are the draft reports presented by Cushing Terrell Architecture, the consultant, to City Council on April 16, 2018 and the CCBA/general public on April 17, 2018. The purpose is to provide an update on the progress of the initiative and invite comments and input.
The Revisioning Columbus Park study provides input into the development of the City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan. The City Centre ARP Revisioning Columbus Park Presentation by Cushing Terrill Architecture, the consultant, was shared with City Administration, CCBA members and the general public on June 27, 2018.
Spruce Grove residents and businesses are invited to provide comments and input through the comments section below.
Understanding the importance of a vibrant city centre, a revitalization initiative was brought forward to City Council by businesses and landlords located in the City Centre area. In response, the City of Spruce Grove issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for consulting firms to submit proposals on a City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP).
There were many criteria set forth by the City:
September 8, 2017, the City of Spruce Grove commissioned Cushing Terrell, a consulting firm, to conduct a study that would outline potential next steps to revitalizing the City Centre/Downtown area. The study included information obtained from interviews with various stakeholders, case studies and a collection of best practices.
The Terms of Reference are split into three main components and a study will be conducted with the outcomes included in the final report.
The objective for this phase of the study is to focus on the key infrastructure including the water distribution network, waste water network, storm water collection network, street lighting and signals, sidewalks (including pedestrian walk-ability patterns), bike access and furniture, traffic control and roadways as part of the City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan. The ARP will need to determine the state of the infrastructure and the current level of service provided, while determining required improvements to meet the needs of the community both at our current levels and future growth potential levels. To achieve the results needed, the following studies are planned:
The principal objectives of this phase of the study are (a) to prepare a draft City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan that meets the requirements set out in Section 635 of the Municipal Government Act and (b) to assess and propose an Urban Design that includes consideration of the future built form, architectural guidelines, streetscape, landscaping and parking. This will encompass the overall look and feel of infill and redevelopment opportunities for the following components;
3. Columbus Park Redesign
The objective for this phase of the City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan is to develop a concept plan which provides a new vision for the existing Columbus Park as a core feature of future redevelopment in the study area. The focus will be on what improvements are needed to create a public square/gathering space that has the flexibility and appeal to host a wide range of events and draw people to the City Centre.
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