Entertainment and shopping district development coming to Prince Albert
A new entertainment and shopping area is being planned in Prince Albert called “The Yard District.”
The area under development is in the southeast corner of Prince Albert along Highway 3 and 42nd Street.
The development will surround the city’s Aquatic and Arenas Recreation Centre project in the north part of the propertyand will cover 88 acres of land.
“For residents and visitors alike, The Yard District will truly represent an extraordinary experience unlike any other in Prince Albert,” said Gord Broda, president of Signature Development.
Signature Development’s concept is modeled after the ICE District in Edmonton and will offer dining, entertainment, lodging, sports and shopping.
The City of Prince Albert has secured funding,picked a design and a148,000 sq. ft. facility will include two NHL-sized ice surfaces and a 51,500 sq. ft. aquatic centre.
Broda, is also the president and governor of the Prince Albert Raiders board of directorsand says an additional arena for the city’s WHL team is in the design phase and with approval expected soon.
Signature Developments hired a marketing firm to come up with The Yard District brand and logo. It also has a sales and marketing manager for the project to help find entrepreneurs for the area.
“We are currently seeking additional partners to join the project and are excited to begin construction,” said Signature Developments partner Rust Clunie.
Clunie says a five acres parcel south of the arena has been purchased by a local company that plans to build a multi-story commercial building on the site.
The surface construction of The Yard District is expected to begin in 2022.
Clunie says he’s happy to welcome to a variety of businesses to open up in the area such as hospitality, retail, private services and automotive.
Prince Albert’s Mayor, Greg Dionne says the region is on the edge of a construction “boom” and Signature Developments Yard District project demonstrates “confidence in Prince Albert’s economy.”
“The new hospital is supposed to start construction in the spring, the new OBS plant, the boom we for see in the forestry industry. And so it just sort of ties all together and it’s an exciting time,” said Dionne.