UAlberta to tear down Soaring mansion, sell property

August 18, 2021
The University of Alberta will be tearing down the $26M Soaring mansion to prepare the property for sale, reports the Edmonton Journal. The mansion, which was donated to UAlberta in 2010 by Sandy and Cécile Mactaggart, had been rented out for conferences and events. It was closed in 2018 as part of UAlberta’s attempts to cut its budget, and the Journal states that the demolition is expected to be finished by late October. “The decision to decommission, clear the site and eventually sell the property was made after careful assessment, with advice from our agent, and aligns with the integrated asset management strategy,” said UAlberta spokesperson Shelby Soke in an email. “This brings the greatest benefit to the university and community in support of our core mission.” Edmonton Journal (AB)