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By Mack Male
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  • Street sweeping starts today across Edmonton, the city has announced. "We ask residents to be ready to move their vehicles and provide room for our crews to work as we clear sand and debris from streets and boulevards," said Philip Herritt, the city's director of infrastructure operations. Street sweeping runs Monday through Friday, 24 hours a day, for the next eight weeks or so. In addition to temporary signage in neighbourhoods, residents can consult the sweeping schedule online.
  • The 2022 federal budget includes $1.5 billion over two years for the Rapid Housing Initiative, though it is unclear how much of that would be allocated to Edmonton. A per capita calculation would amount to about $100 million, Hani Quon, the city's acting director of affordable housing and homelessness, told CBC News. So far, Edmonton has received $61 million to build 348 supportive housing units through the program which launched in 2020.
  • The Katz Group is proposing to turn nearly 5.3 hectares of land north of Rogers Place into Village at ICE District, a mixed-use development that would include up to 2,500 residential units spread across a mix of high-rise and mid-rise buildings. "It's probably a whole lot closer to Vancouver architecture than Edmonton architecture," Warren Champion, vice-president of the Central McDougall Community League, told CBC News. The Edmonton Design Committee has written a letter of support for the project, and the city is collecting input online until April 24. A public hearing is slated to take place this summer.
  • A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday for The Parks, a new residential development located at the corner of Jasper Avenue and 108 Street, just west of the future Warehouse Park. The project — which will consist of three towers at heights of 13 storeys, 35 storeys, and 45 storeys — will offer more than 1,000 rental spaces once complete in the next seven to nine years.
  • The city said on Friday that despite the lack of an aerial component this year, its mosquito program will include "robust and targeted ground and ditch control measures" with an increased focus on natural approaches such as "novel biological technology, habitat modification, and enhanced biodiversity surveillance and monitoring." City council will receive more information on the enhancements in "the coming weeks."
  • The Princess Theatre, Edmonton's oldest surviving theatre, is up for sale for $3.1 million. "Our hope for a buy is someone who's willing to just retain the theatre's original function... in an effort to try and preserve the history and culture behind the building," TJ Brar, whose father owns the building, told CBC News.