This week has been so full of exciting news and announcements related to 104 Street downtown that I figured a quick recap would be helpful.
It started on Tuesday with some coverage of the renovations taking place at the historic Mercer Warehouse, located on the corner of 104 Avenue and 104 Street. Owned by the Pope family, the building will soon be home to a flower shop, a restaurant and bar called Mercer Tavern, a high-end furniture rental company, and Roast Coffeehouse, among other tenants. I got to tour the building this week, and while there’s a lot of work still ahead, it is fantastic to see the building coming back to life.
On Wednesday we learned that The Confederation Building, which has been undergoing a much-needed facelift since late last year, will soon be home to a 7-11 as well as a whisky bar. I love the idea of a whisky bar as opposed to just another pub, and though you might scoff at first, the 7-11 is a big deal. Alex makes the point: “I see a new 7-11 as a sign that there’s a permanent population that justifies its creation (many new residences have been created on or around 104th).”
Yesterday the news came out that Langham Developments Ltd., the developer behind the Icon towers, has purchased the land at the northwest corner of 104 Street and 102 Avenue. Currently home to a parking lot, we’ve heard for many years that condos would be going up on that site, but it sounds like it might actually happen now. Langham is planning something similar to the Icon, with two towers. I think they did a great job of keeping the Icon towers in line with the Heritage Zone, so I am looking forward to the new development.
There have of course been lots of other things happening on 104 Street as well:
Oodle Noodle’s latest restaurant, located just around the corner on Jasper Avenue, opened recently and has been busy.
The film I Think I Do is filming in and around Edmonton, and was located on 104 Street in the Armstrong Block most of last week.
The façade improvements to the Birks Building are ongoing and so far look great!
There are more announcements on the way in the next couple of weeks, including the launch of our new website, so stay tuned!