Edmonton developer wants to bring life back to east Jasper Avenue area with purchase of Brighton Block

WATCH ABOVE: The future appears to be bright for a historic building in Alberta's capital. Over the years it's been a lot of different things from a photography studio to a rooming house. Vinesh Pratap has more on its past and present.

WATCH ABOVE: The future appears to be bright for a historic building in Alberta's capital. Over the years it's been a lot of different things from a photography studio to a rooming house. Vinesh Pratap has more on its past and present.

Those who have been on the east end of Jasper Avenue recently have seen a building covered in shrink wrap.

By Slav Kornik Web Producer  Global News

If you have good knowledge of Edmonton, you’ll know that what’s underneath the wrap is part of the city’s history. It’s the old Brighton Block which has been around for more than 100 years.

The Ukrainian Canadian Archives and Museum of Alberta is selling the property to local developer Ken Cantor and his company, PRIMAVERA Development Group.

Cantor has promised to bring renewal to the building and life back to the quiet area of Jasper Avenue, helping with The Quarters redevelopment efforts.

“It’s been a wonderful part the street edge and urban edge on Jasper Avenue for a long time and we’re looking forward to bringing it back to that sort of prominence,” Cantor said.

Although the building is listed as a municipal historic resource, Cantor said he won’t be seeking public funding for the restoration and renewal efforts.

“It’s the exterior of the building that has the heritage designation, so that’s basically all four exterior walls,” Cantor explained.

“We’ll be looking at the small addition at the top, probably a fourth and maybe a fifth floor. It’s been set back from the street so you won’t see it from the street.”

Martin Pawlina