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Seniors complex in Hazeldean ready for construction

BY ELISE STOLTE, EDMONTON JOURNAL – FEBRUARY 19, 2013

EDMONTON – A long-delayed 264-unit seniors complex with geo-thermal heating is finally going ahead in Hazeldean, says the developer.

Greg Christenson asked city council for parking changes in the site zoning Tuesday, and said he hopes to start drilling for the heating systems this spring.

The senior’s project first got council approval in 2007, after a contentious multi-year battle with community residents. “Then the market died,” said Christenson, president of the Edmonton-based Christenson Developments.

Difficulties changing the zoning and community opposition “created sufficient delay to miss a market opportunity.”

The neighbourhood has a higher than average percentage of retirees, many of whom may be interested to move into seniors housing in their own community if this project can be built on time, said Christenson.

The project would redevelop a 5.7 hectare townhouse site near 65th Avenue and 96th Street, building up to five apartment towers for seniors homes and for assisted living among the remaining townhouses.

The complex will be fuelled by a $2.4-million natural gas, cogeneration and geothermal system. Christenson received a federal matching grant for the energy system, and has committed to finishing the three buildings in the first phase by March 2014.

Parking changes approved Tuesday eliminated 30 of the planned 302 underground parking stalls and added 83 stalls to the 178 planned above ground.

Landlord Bruce MacPherson was the only person to speak against the project.

He brought a house to rent out across 94th Street from the project shortly after the original plans were announced. The new plans would replace the townhouse he expected with a parking lot instead.

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2012 QUEST Community Energy Builder Award

The Winner of the 2012 QUEST Community Energy Builder Award is:

Christenson Equities Ltd., for its comprehensive plans to redevelop the Southwoods community in Edmonton, Alberta, increasing density and integrating energy using Combined Heat & Power generation, borehole thermal energy storage, and a micro smart grid power system.

Photo: Bruce MacFarlane accepts the 2012 QUEST Community Energy Builder Award on behalf of Christensen Equities Ltd. from QUEST Board of Directors, Michael Harcourt and Patricia Newson.

Congratulations to the other Finalists:

Municipality of Ritchot, Manitoba, for its completed Ile-Des-Chenes project which includes a new 30,000 sq. ft. LEED Silver Community Centre and a district geothermal heat pump system that interconnects the facility’s three buildings.

The City of Surrey, for its plans to install the largest Organics Biofuel Facility in Canada which will produce renewable natural gas from city waste and use it to fuel the municipality’s vehicle fleet, in addition to a number of district energy projects.

The Winner of the 2012 QUEST Community Energy Builder Award was announced at the QUEST GALA Dinner & Awards Ceremony, November 20, at Manitoba Hydro Place in Winnipeg.

TEC Edmonton client GSS Geothermal a partner with Christenson Devlopments in new-technology neighborhood power and heating plant.

Posted in Oil & Gas, TEC Edmotnon Companies by TEC Edmonton – June, 2012

TEC Edmonton client GSS Geothermal is partnering with Christenson Developments in a ground-breaking pilot project to build a mini-power plant that will provide both electricity and heating for a renovated townhouse and new apartment building complex in Hazeldean, close to Mill Creek Ravine at 96 Street and 67 Avenue in Edmonton.

As reported in the Global Edmonton TV news report “Edmonton company receives $1.2 million to build ground-breaking project” the federal government is treating the on-site power and district heat concept as a pilot project. Half its $2.4 million capital costs will be covered by Ottawa’s Clean Energy Fund.

The mini-power plant will provide electricity, and usually wasted heat will be channelled into a geo-thermal heat-retaining underground system, to be drawn back out in the winter months to heat the homes.

TEC Edmonton is assisting GSS Geothermal in a marketing study for its advanced geo-thermal technology.