At the very moment we embraced the challenge of bringing Calgary’s East Village back to life, CMLC resolved to be a good neighbour, an active community partner and a positive presence for existing residents.
All along, we’ve maintained open dialogue with stakeholders, making every effort to understand and respond to the needs of the neighbourhood’s current residents as we plan and prepare for the influx of new residents. In this way, we have built a great deal of trust among stakeholders.
Our commitment to stewardship is evidenced in many ways:
- Our collaborative work with the Calgary Police Service liaison officers to identify and address matters of safety and security
- Our longstanding relationship with East Village Neighbourhood Association (since CMLC’s inception) to update community residents on our plans and progress
- Our Community Wellness & Vitality Committee, established in 2013 to bring together various East Village stakeholders to discuss the neighbourhood’s changing dynamics, address residents’ needs and proactively advocate for community
- We designed and built a temporary community garden for residents (to be replaced in 2016 by a permanent garden in Crossroads) and we host monthly community garden parties during the summer to bring residents together.
Our work extends south of 9th Avenue to our neighbours in Victoria Park and Stampede Park – key stakeholders in the redevelopment of the Rivers District. We work with these groups to facilitate civic events like the Stampede Parade, and we engage with them in planning for projects like RiverWalk Stage 2.
- We regularly collaborate with educational partners Bow Valley College and University of Calgary to identify and offer new learning opportunities for students.