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City of Edmonton looking for tenants for MacEwan West Campus

While move in day is still at least two years away, the city is already looking for prospective tenants in the MacEwan West Campus building.

The city is in the middle of closing the purchase of the MacEwan University building, which the school is moving out of in a bid to consolidate their campus downtown.

The city’s project manager Lara Pinchbeck said they’re looking for community groups that want to be tenants as well as potential operators of the space.

She said they want to understand how the facility will be run in a way that benefits everyone involved.

“We will have not only a picture of that operational agreement that works for the city, but one that works for the groups as well,” she said.

She said the city isn’t setting out any rules on who could be in the building, hoping to draw several groups to share the space.

“We can at this point estimate how many they would be, but we are definitely open to the idea this will be open to a diverse multitude of groups,” she said.

Yellowhead Tribal College is one group that has already expressed interest in moving into the facility. Dean and interim director Seaneen O’Rourke said it would be a great opportunity for the school.

“The MacEwan building gives us an opportunity to evolve into a larger college,” she said

She said, while the school has an Aboriginal focus, its doors are open to everyone and a new space would help them expand.

“We’re not exclusive we are inclusive and we look forward to serving the community in that location,” she said.

Meeting Tuesday

  • Residents looking for more information about the plans for the building will be able to ask questions, as the city hosts a open house on plans for the Jasper Place neighbourhood Tuesday evening.
  • The open house starts at 6 p.m. at the West End Christian Reform Church.