Award winning Village At Griesbach offers north Edmonton’s most beautiful character homes. This new community features an innovative “urban village” design, ensuring places to live, work and play are all just minutes away.
Village at Griesbach in Edmonton, Alberta is built on the site of a former Canadian Forces Base. The property was purchased by Canada Lands Company in 2003 from the Department of National Defence. At that time, the 620-acre (251-hectare) site housed more than 50 derelict buildings and 750 Permanent Married Quarters (PMQ) housing units.
Canada Lands Company spent more than $1-million on environmental remediation of the site; buildings which were not salvageable were demolished, while those that could be rehabilitated were renovated and retrofitted to provide modern amenities while retaining their character.
Using innovative development practices and design ideas, Village at Griesbach was master planned to be a family-friendly self-sustaining neighbourhood, while maintaining a traditional community character and a profound respect for the land’s military legacy.
A section of the Village at Griesbach is the recipient of a Stage 2 LEED ND (neighbourhood development) Gold certification – the first project in Edmonton to receive this prestigious international designation.
Tonnes of asphalt, gravel and concrete were recycled and reused in the construction of roadbeds, and plans call for an extensive network of parks, trails and four stormwater lakes to provide recreational opportunities for residents.
Canada Lands Company has also paid tribute to the property’s military heritage. Streets and parks have been named after famous local military heroes and battles in which local military units participated. As well, statues have been erected to commemorate the former base’s namesake, Major-General William Griesbach and his wife, Janet.
When the project is completed, as many as 13,000 people will be living and working at the Village at Griesbach – a testament to the company’s leadership in promoting and implementing sustainable development principles.