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Posted Date: 19/7/2016
The South Montrose Site Master Plan was approved by City Council on Monday, June 27, 2016.
After an extensive community engagement process that involved more than 1,600 participants, the South Montrose Site Master Plan has been approved by City Council. It provides several options for the development of the site as a cultural hub for the City of Grande Prairie.
South Montrose Site Master Plan (PDF, 27 MB)
South Montrose Site Master Plan Appendices (PDF, 37 MB)
The South Montrose Site Master Plan aims to build on Grande Prairie's heritage and cultural background by creating an hub for arts and culture for the region. In addition to incorporating community feedback, the planning team focused on including direction from previous planning documents, including the 2004 Downtown Enhancement Area Redevelopment Plan, the Cultural Master Plan, the Downtown Rehabilitation Project and the applicable Land Use Bylaw.
The three key elements in the design are a Performing and Media Arts Centre, a plaza and a mixed-use building. The approaches in the plan address climate issues like sunlight and wind, and maximize connections with surrounding attractions like the Montrose Cultural Centre, Downtown Grande Prairie, and the South Montrose Concourse that is currently under construction.
Community feedback is seen in the recommended programming for the site, with options including an outdoor performance space, interactive feature/art, playground, skating rink and the potential for a water feature.
The South Montrose Site Master Plan includes several different options for the City to consider. They include buildings with heights of four, six or 12 storeys, and the option of having a recessed plaza space (which protects from the elements, including wind) or a more open plaza. There are also options for underground parking on the site and above-ground parking within a five minute walk.
This variety of choices is designed to provide the City with flexibility around budgeting and timing for the development of the site.
The three-phase Master Plan process began last September, and was completed in June 2016. Click here to learn more about the citizen engagement process.
Next steps include a review of priorities for the site development and funding options, as well as a feasibility study around the Performing and Media Arts Centre and potentially the mixed use building. Additional work will also take place around the finer details of the plaza design.
The South Montrose Site Master Plan is available for download (South Montrose Site Master Plan, PDF, 27 MB).
Thanks to all the area residents who shared their thoughts to help shape the future of this important community resource.
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