Edmonton City Centre Airport: A Sustainability Challenge for a Growing City
In 1995, many of the flights at Edmonton City Centre Airport (ECCA) were being diverted to Edmonton International Airport. By 2008, ECCA's two runways required an estimated CA$10 million in capital upgrades and CA$35 million in additional maintenance costs over the next 10 years. In light of these facts, in November 2011, Edmonton's city council had begun to consider whether maintaining ECCA was feasible or if other alternatives would put the land to better use. The options available included the following: 1) maintain ECCA and the status quo by completing the repairs, 2) sell the property to a real estate developer and generate immediate revenue for other city projects, or 3) close ECCA and have the city redevelop the land for a community project. City councillors needed to find a clear and sustainable solution to the challenges presented by ECCA. The authors Neetu Sharma, Kristel Owens, Graham Graff, Trent Nabe, Poonam Randhawa, and Joel Gehman are affiliated with University of Alberta.