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Old Posted Aug 13, 2015, 6:10 PM
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Construction starts for Edmonton downtown airport redevelopment

By Gordon Kent, Edmonton Journal

EDMONTON - Construction work is underway at the Blatchford redevelopment to create what the city calls one of the world’s largest sustainable communities.

About 40 trucks, graders and bulldozers began stripping topsoil and levelling the ground last weekend to allow construction of sewers, wiring and roads next year, project executive director Mark Hall said Wednesday.

The work includes removing storm sewers that were under the runways on the former City Centre Airport, he said after a ceremonial sod-turning.

Crews have already demolished six airport buildings, with another six set to be removed within nine months.

Over the next 20 to 30 years, the 217-hectare site is expected to become the carbon-neutral home of 30,000 people, using entirely renewable energy with reduced water and power consumption.
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