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    City moves to save Edmonton's historic Iron Works, expropriate scrap yard
    http://edmontonjournal.com/news/loca...ate-scrap-yard

    City council will be asked to approve a plan to expropriate a former scrapyard and other lands in Boyle Street to make a new park and protect a historic industrial site Friday.
    Administration brought the last minute move to committee Thursday after the court receiver holding the lands applied for a demolition permit for the Iron Works.
    Expropriation will save the building and push the city’s major redevelopment plans forward, said Coun. Scott McKeen. “The people living there complain about the scrap yard. It looks derelict. It’s quintessential urban decay.”
    The 20 parcels of land between 105th and 104th avenues and 95th and 96th streets are owned by Canadian Consolidated Salvage and a numbered company. Most of it has been used as a scrap yard for years. The city wants to use it for a park space that winds between future residential properties and a community garden. It borders the new Boyle Renaissance residential tower, the Boyle Street community hall and Urban Manor, a home where men previously living on the street are still allowed to drink a controlled amount of alcohol.

    The city is moving to expropriate an old scrap yard and the historic Iron Works building in Boyle Street. November 26, 2015. Ed Kaiser / Edmonton Journal
    The historic industrial property on 96th Street near 104th Avenue was built in 1909 and has always been part of renewal plans in The Quarters, the city’s redevelopment project east of downtown.
    “It’s one of the few remaining industrial buildings in Edmonton,” said Mary Ann Debrinski, director of urban renewal. “It has one of the city’s oldest overhead cranes in it. It’s well-lit with high ceilings. It’s beautiful inside.”
    The city has been trying to buy the land since 2007 but couldn’t agree on a fair market price with the owners. In the meantime, the owner has gone into receivership. A lawyer for the court-appointed receiver came to city hall Thursday and argued the city had no right to continue proceedings while a stay of proceedings is in place.
    Councillors voted to start expropriation anyway, while directing administration to ensure all legal requirements are satisfied. The plan needs to be ratified by full council Friday.
    “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

  • #2
    Why of all the old buildings we have do we wanna save this place? it looks trashy as hell i would much rather have the tegler building if it ment them tearing this one down

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    • #3
      Just because something is old, does that make it historic?

      What is the historic value of this place other than its past industrial use?

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      • #4
        I would be curious to see what it looks like on the inside; I hear it's much different compared to the exterior.
        "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits" - Einstein

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        • #5
          ^this I believe and the fact that we have very few of anything historic left.


          Ottawa-Edmonton-Vancouver-Edmonton

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          • #6
            Muttart Lands, The Quarters - I think saving this, the city is looking at the big picture of what the area is becoming.

            That area truly is at a turning point - some of the last affordable river valley located this close to DT and LRT.

            I'm pleased they are protecting a little history.

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            • #7
              This is not the side(in the picture) that faces the street. In perspective I would compare to the building original joes is in on 102ave except this is way nicer in the front

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              • #8
                Yes please.

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                "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction" - Blaise Pascal

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                • #9
                  The front of the building may be worth saving. It certainly does not have the significance of the old Tegler building or the old downtown library that both were torn down.


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                  Too much of the building is a hodge podge of add ons, facades and modifications. Not much use in saving the back end. Also it has a lot of soil and building contamination issues. The COE looks like they want to save whatever is left (such as the Capital Packers chimney) and are throwing money into bad ideas thinking they are doing a good thing.
                  Last edited by Edmonton PRT; 30-11-2015, 04:38 PM.
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                  • #10
                    Beautiful buildings could be restored, assuming in good shape. Cities do this all the time. That kind of history and character can not be recreated. At very least save the brick facade.

                    Character buildings like this are renovated at very low cost all the time in other cities. Just have to be creative.
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                    • #11
                      Wow!

                      We have that? We have to do that. Is that back section double-floor height? It was industrial. That could be a very fun venue. A great spur to rejuvenating the neighbourhood.

                      I wonder if this is where our oldest manhole covers and streetlights were manufactured.
                      Let's make Edmonton better.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Legion View Post
                        Why of all the old buildings we have do we wanna save this place? it looks trashy as hell i would much rather have the tegler building if it ment them tearing this one down
                        Originally posted by Jaerdo View Post
                        Just because something is old, does that make it historic?

                        What is the historic value of this place other than its past industrial use?
                        Originally posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
                        I may be mistaken, but I don't think any of what's shown in this photo would be saved. This appears to be a much later built annex, if not a separate building.
                        Let's make Edmonton better.

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                        • #13
                          City of Edmonton pushes to save historic Iron Works building

                          Metro:
                          http://www.metronews.ca/news/edmonto...-building.html

                          CTV:
                          http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/city-look...oyle-1.2927464

                          “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
                            Too much of the building is a hodge podge of add ons, facades and modifications. Not much use in saving the back end. Also it has a lot of soil and building contamination issues. The COE looks like they want to save whatever is left (such as the Capital Packers chimney) and are throwing money into bad ideas thinking they are doing a good thing.
                            Top_Dawg has to agree.

                            Typical CofE.

                            This is gonna turn into a ****** nightmare.

                            The site has to be balls deep in solvents, sludges, battery acid, etc.

                            Unbelievable that they are even thinking about this.

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                            • #15
                              Yep, the're a 15' deep office that's worth saving, the rest looks like it was essentially a temporary/low cost building when it was built 80 years ago.

                              The rest is a single-level industrial building, not a multi-level warehouse that can be easily converted to productive use where the "character" (old brick) can be appreciated.

                              If there's ever a need for a wide-span character building in the neighbourhood to serve as a community space/indoor market or whatever the city owns a nice one on 94st in the maintenance yards.

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