Edmonton council approves first step for gondola across North Saskatchewan River

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EDMONTON — A proposal from a private company to build a gondola across Edmonton's river valley will keep moving forward after city council approved an important first step.

In an 8-5 vote, councillors have approved a framework for a working relationship with Prairie Sky Gondola.

The company wants to string cable cars across the North Saskatchewan River between downtown and Whyte Avenue, a popular street with bars, restaurants and stores.

Prairie Sky Gondola says it does not want any money from the city for the project, which the company says would cost between $132 million and $155 million.

Despite council's go-ahead, the company will still be required to go through public consultation and several more detailed assessments.

The approval of land dedicated to the project will also need to be considered by council.

During a committee meeting last week, council members heard from about 30 people.

Some were supportive of the proposal, while others were concerned about environmental impacts and a lack of Indigenous input.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 22, 2021.

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