CMLC has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede to explore opportunities related to rejuvenating the Rivers District by accelerating delivery of the Calgary Stampede Master Plan. A strategic alliance between Calgary Stampede (CS) and CMLC will more broadly help the Rivers District reach its potential for community development and CRL capture. Specific to the CS Master Plan, CMLC will provide business strategy and planning support in the following areas:
- Entertainment Zone • Extend 17th Avenue into Stampede Park and redevelop Stampede Trail as a commercial and retail spine
- Exhibition Zone • Expand BMO Centre’s convention, trade and consumer show space, associated hotel(s) and ancillary developments
- Heritage Zone • Improve Stampede Park along the banks of the Elbow River, possibly including the incorporation of the RiverWalk path by CMLC
- Transit Oriented Development (TOD) sites • Redevelop lands adjacent to the Erlton/Stampede LRT Station and those commonly known as the Ramsay Exchange site into high-density development that includes multi-family residential, commercial and retail
In 2016, CMLC will begin working with stakeholders in an urban planning and envisioning process aimed at consolidating upwards of 20 urban plans, master plans and Area Redevelopment Plans that exist for Victoria Park, CMLC is endeavouring to create one holistic plan for this Rivers District neighbourhood. A comprehensive vision will guide our investment into future infrastructure projects that will unlock land values, stimulate development and realize the area’s placemaking potential.
Within the context of a holistic plan, CMLC and business stakeholders have identified the need for better connectivity within the area, which necessitates a thorough understanding of the impacts of transportation planning related to the Green Line program. Equally important to the stakeholder group is an analysis of future market demand for retail, commercial and multi-family development in the area.
Cultural district: olympic plaza
Downtown Calgary’s Olympic Plaza resides within the boundaries of the Rivers District, whose redevelopment and revitalization falls within CMLC’s purview. As such, we will assist the City of Calgary in advancing its Civic District Public Realm Strategy – a comprehensive strategy aimed at improving the public spaces around City Hall, Olympic Plaza and the New Central Library – by reimagining Olympic Plaza.
In 2016, CMLC will work with City of Calgary to review feasibility studies and project plans; we will support public engagement initiatives in order to prepare for project delivery. We will establish a Steering Committee for the project and obtain approvals of a Project Management Plan, Procurement Plan and Project Agreement.
Cultural district: arts commons
Calgary’s Arts Commons is one of Canada’s largest and most vibrant arts centres. Located in the heart of Calgary’s Cultural District in the downtown core, the centre occupies a full city block and is home to five theatres and the world-class Jack Singer Concert Hall.
For 2016, CMLC has committed to helping Arts Commons reimagine their gathering space for the arts community. Our engagement may lead to a revised master-plan vision and will consider the future plans for Olympic Plaza and the balance of the block.