City of Edmonton Fails to
Release Environmental Study
on City Centre Airport Lands.
The latest environmental study of the
Edmonton City Centre Airport lands
was provided to the City of Edmonton
in August, 2012. The City has yet
allowed this report to be made public.
Because of the delay, one has to
assume that their is information in
that report that is not in favour of the
City’s redevelopment plans. Does it
mean that the environmental costs
are going to be extremely high? Does
it mean that the airport lands are not
suitable to redevelop into residential
property allowing the residential lots
to remain competitive? Maybe this
report will make council have to justify
that it will cost hundreds of millions of
dollars to clean up the lands at
taxpayer’s expense. Call the City of
Edmonton at 311 and demand the
report and costs to be made public.
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Opinion: The City of Edmonton is Not Telling Edmonton Taxpayers the Entire
Story on Costs of Redevelopment of the ECCA lands.
January 8, 2013
Consider all of the facts on the information the City of Edmonton has released on the true
cost of redevelopment of the ECCA lands. The City has quietly been purchasing buildings on
the airport lands. They currently own Buildings #15, #16 and #39. In addition to the
purchases of property that has been made, the City has conducted environmental studies of
the airport, the most recent which was to be released in the fall of 2012. As of today, the City
of Edmonton has not released the report or the related cost estimate for land remediation.
In the fall of 2012, City Administration went before council and advised them that
expropriation of the airport lands would cost $80 Million. Obviously, they did not include the
monies that was already spent buying out existing leases on the aforementioned properties,
failed to estimate the other costs related to expropriation which include compensation for lost
business, relocation costs awarded to the business or replacing existing structures that may
be awarded to the expropriated business. The major item that was excluded is the estimated
awards that will be given by the courts to the three businesses that have legal action against
the City of Edmonton over the airport lands and relocation. Two of these three businesses
have leases that extend for more than another decade and their business is based on the
premise of being located at the ECCA. The awards to these companies will be high and the
cost of these awards will be shouldered by the Edmonton taxpayer. You can email your City
Councillor at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions about the real ECCA costs.
City of Edmonton Expected to Spend
Hundreds of Millions of Dollars on
ECCA Redevelopment that is Not Being
Disclosed to Taxpayers.
January 7, 2013