Background

Located at 11503 – 41 Avenue in the Royal Gardens neighbourhood, Petrolia is owned by the City of Edmonton and managed by Civida. The community housing townhouse complex has 12 buildings, with 70-units.

Following an assessment of the property in Summer 2022, Civida, in partnership with the City of Edmonton, undertook an investigative process which provided valuable insights. With tenant safety being our priority, the decision was made to re-house tenants to facilitate a thorough evaluation of the complex and further planning. Civida worked with impacted tenants and families, supporting them in moving to alternative housing.

The Plan

The City of Edmonton is partnering with Civida to conduct a feasibility and zoning analysis study to get the site shovel ready for a new and improved affordable housing development. Edmonton City Council approved funding for demolition in its fall 2023 budget adjustment, the first step toward creating new housing for people who need it.

The site has been, and will continue, to be secured with fencing and regular security patrols, as we actively develop plans in collaboration with our partner, the City of Edmonton. We remain cognizant of the impact this situation has had on the community. Tenants’ and community well-being remain our priority, and we continue to work diligently to provide safe and affordable homes for Edmontonians. We are committed to keeping the community updated on our plans, as this information becomes available, and appreciate the patience and understanding of the community.

Contact

Should you wish to report an issue during office hours, please contact us at [email protected] or after hours, call our emergency after hours line on 780-420-6161.

Should you have any concerns about site maintenance, please call the City of Edmonton at 311, or if there is an urgent safety risk, please call 911.

In addition, please report any serious incidents to us through Civida’s online Incident Reporting Form.

Report a Serious Incident at Petrolia

Project Timeline

2021: Investigation identified structural concerns with the Petrolia site, and indicated that re-development was necessary.

2022: Mitigation work was undertaken to address safety hazards and enact temporary measures.

2022/2023: All former tenants were connected to new housing.

December 2023: Edmonton City Council approved funding for demolition ($5.9M).

2024: The City of Edmonton expects to commence with procurement in early 2024, with expected spring 2024 demolition.

Community Engagement

We are committed to keeping the community updated on our plans, as this information becomes available, and appreciate the patience and understanding of the community.

We remain cognizant of the impact this situation has had on the community. Tenants’ and community well-being remain our priority, and we continue to work diligently to provide safe and affordable homes for Edmontonians. 

More information on how you can contribute your input to this project will be shared over the coming months.