The backers of what would have been a 400 seat bar on 104th street in the Fox 2 condo tower have dropped their appeal and have abandoned the project. Urban Sparq, owners of several bars in Edmonton including the Pint and Knoxville’s is still kicking around a larger idea for downtown.
“It sounds like there was a massive protest or opposition campaign so that may be why they withdrew,” said Coun. Scott McKeen. He from day one has said the 104 street 400 seat bar project was way too big for the area, even suggesting what was proposed for the main floor of the condo tower would have been bigger.
“I’m hoping that the developer will be a little more astute. I suspect that he was going to have a tough time selling units in Fox-2 if the 600 seat bar would have gone ahead, and I don’t think it’s sold out yet. I talked to him at one point and expressed my unhappiness with his decision. I don’t think he thought it all the way through.”
McKeen wants the next proposal to fail too. “The question now is whether that organization of citizens, community leagues and others will be stepping up on that 1,400 seat bar on 109 street. I had one indication the hospitality group that’s proposing this is willing now to meet with the community which I think would be really smart. No matter what happens, if you upset the community from the get-go the number of calls of concern and complaint you are going to get, will be through the roof.”
Urban Sparq was turned down by city administration, because it would “materially interfere with or affect the use, enjoyment or value of neighbouring properties.” It launched an appeal in August but hours before that appeal was to be heard Tuesday, it abandoned the 400 seat proposal.