Town of Canmore

Lawrence Grassi Middle School Site Redevelopment

What is Happening?

Canadian Rockies Public Schools (CRPS) is planning to submit an application for an Area Redevelopment Plan to allow for 80 - 100 residential units on the southern portion of the Lawrence Grassi Middle School site, which is owned by the school board. The size of the residential development is approximately 1.1 ha.

The proposed residential development will see seven medium density, 2.5 to 3.5 storey residential buildings in the form of apartments and stacked townhouses, with units varying from studios and lofts to three-bedroom units. A single shared “mews” road will provide access to the site from 4 Street for vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles and will be supported by laneway servicing the rear sides of each development. 

The proposed plan will have several affordable units for staff and their families. While CRPS will maintain ownership of the land, the proposal envisions offering both rental and ownership housing opportunities.

Next Steps - Updated February 17, 2021

  1. The application triggers the need for:
    1. an Area Redevelopment Plan (to learn more about this process click here),
    2. and a Land Use Amendment.
  2. The dates for both of these processes have not been set. As part of the Area Redevelopment Plan and Land Use processes a Public Hearing is required, which is your opportunity to provide feedback to Council on the matter.

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Wesley First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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