Everybody Loves Raymond
A new mixed-use building to brighten up a decade-old empty corner in the heart of Edmonton’s vibrant Whyte Avenue.
- Fitting In
Raymond Block is designed to fit in with its surroundings, and will complement the character and history of Old Strathcona. A variety of facades will keep the funky character of the street. Heritage won’t be sacrificed for modern-day style. A concern for local residents and passersby was that the building would block the sun on Whyte Ave’s busy sidewalks, and be otherwise too tall and bulky for the aesthetics of the area. But a sleek design with the residential floors set back from the street ensured this would not be the case, and that daylight on the walkways would be maximized.
- Ray's Retail
Raymond Block will not only feature 95 residential suites, adding rare living space directly on Whyte Avenue, but also ample retail capacity which will further enrich the lively avenue. The building boasts 19,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, which was quickly snapped up by cafes and restaurants. Nineteen feet high ceilings add to the desirability and stylishness of the highly anticipated new structure. The 20,000 square feet of office space on the second floor will also draw new business to the Avenue.
- A (re)Building Block
The six-storey multi-use building will occupy an empty lot that long-term residents will remember as the home of an Esso station rendered defunct in 1998. A vacuum on an otherwise bustling, dynamic thoroughfare, the space was dedicated to soil remediation until 2012. The property was finally purchased in 2014, exciting frequenters of the area. The development of the Raymond Block building is named for the Raymond Hotel that lived on the same site in the 1900s, and will usher in a new era of a bright, busy, and more fulfilled Whyte Avenue.
- Project facts
Services: Architecture, Structural Engineering
Size: 2824 sq m
Builder: Clark Builders
Client: Wexford Developments
LEED®: Targeting LEED® Silver
Completion: Fall 2018