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The Edmonton Galleria Project

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A view from the Galleria plaza looking west.

Phase One Concept shot - front web size

A view looking east across 101 street.

Imagine a place in downtown Edmonton where thousands of people come every day to be involved, entertained and engaged. This is the essence of the Edmonton Galleria Project, which is an incredible opportunity to bolster Edmonton’s cultural, academic and downtown vibrancy.

John Mahon on being named Executive Director of the Edmonton Cultural Trust Foundation: “I agreed to be the founding Executive Director because I like the whole concept. Although there is a good model in Pittsburgh and some other American cities, it has never been done in Canada. So what could be a better place than Edmonton where we instinctively make and create new and innovative ways of doing things we think important.” Read John’s blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A concept image of the new U of A building, looking west, as viewed from the Galleria.
Another rendering of the new U of A building, as viewed from the west across 101 Street.
An aerial view of the Galleria Project, looking from the southeast.
Edmonton Galleria Project site map
An artist's conception of what one area of the Galleria may look like..
Another concept of what the built-out interior of the Galleria may look like.
An example of a Galleria - the Sony Centre, PotsDamer Platz in Berlin.

Full Support from City Council

We were very pleased to receive the full support of City Council's Executive Committee yesterday (May 26). The strong endorsement and commitment to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City of Edmonton and the EDACC Foundation will enable us to move forward with renewed energy and confidence. The MOU will be based on next steps outlined in City Administration's Galleria Project Update Report. A draft of the MOU is scheduled to go to City Council in September.

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City Consultation Shows Majority Support

The City of Edmonton's extensive consultation in late 2014 and early 2015 regarding the Edmonton Galleria Project showed majority support for the project. According to the City's Consultation Report, this support ranged from 54% to 59% among survey participants (open + Edmonton Insight Community) to 75% and 84% support respectively among those who participated in open houses and focus groups. Nearly 2,000 people provided input into the consultation. The City's consultation report shows Edmonton Galleria Project support has increased since a September, 2014 public opinion poll commissioned by the EDACC Foundation.

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What People Are Saying

Royden Mills, Edmonton sculptor, supports the Edmonton Galleria Project: “I think that the Galleria Project is an integral and significant aspect of taking downtown Edmonton to a new level of sophistication. It will draw young and old and be far more than just an important tourist destination. It should become the heart of the cultural scene in Edmonton because of its youthful changing of shows.”