Built in 1953, David D. Oughton (DDO) School operated as a public elementary school until 2006, when the Calgary Public School Board declared the site surplus and closed its doors.
In 2008, the City of Calgary purchased the DDO site. In 2015, The City demolished the building and their work at the site was completed last year. Now the land can be imagined as something new. Enter CMLC and you!
Working with the City of Calgary, we have acquired the land and been asked to apply our placemaking skills to reimagine a new future for the site so that it can be a catalyst of change and investment for the community. We envision DDO as “a neighbourhood embracing a neighbourhood” where the new development, though distinctive in style, respects the prevailing personality of the established community that surrounds it.
Beginning in January 2017, CMLC along with our project partners, Hindle Architects will create a master plan for the 8.7 acre site. The goal is to develop a master plan that incorporates the community’s vision.
During the planning process CMLC will embark on a multi-phased community engagement strategy. We will generate, collect and report input from Albert Park / Radisson Heights residents and surrounding businesses. The community will influence the project guiding principles, architectural guidelines, and how public open space will be used. The final phase of engagement in June 2017 will include a presentation of the DDO development master plan back to the community.
We want to hear from the community to help us build the master plan. Over three phases between January and June, community insights will help inform master plan elements, such as open space, housing and other possible activities on the site.
WE HAVE NOW COMPLETED THE FIRST PHASE OF PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT TO DETERMINE THE FUTURE USE OF THE DDO SITE. THANK YOU TO ALL RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES WHO PARTICIPATED AND PROVIDED VALUABLE INSIGHT.
PLEASE CHECK BACK MID-MARCH TO FIND THE PHASE 1 'WHAT WE HEARD' REPORT AS WELL AS NEW EVENT DATES AND ONLINE SURVEY TOOLS FOR PHASE TWO OF ENGAGEMENT.
Community Check-in and Initial Ideation
January – February 2017
Introduction to CMLC and the project team. Inform the community about the DDO project outcome and timeline. Outline how community input will be integrated. Gather initial feedback to develop effective guiding principles. Begin to understand the community needs around public open space.
March – April 2017
Present the planning guiding principles. Design concept discussion. Understand perspectives on contextual massing rules.
May – June 2017
Summary of collected community feedback during engagement process. Presentation of DDO Master Plan.
Join our David D. Oughton mailing list to find out about future engagement opporuntities and to receive the latest project updates.
CMLC is an independent, for-profit developer, created and owned by the City of Calgary. Our purpose it to achieve the City's objectives for urban densification and community renewal, infrastructure investment and placemaking.
Our first project was the revitalization of East Village and the broader Rivers District. With the expansion of our mandate approved by City Council in 2016, we now work throughout the City on projects ranging from master planned communities to the development of single buildings or significant public spaces. We are a passionate team of urban placemakers devoted to making Calgary a better place to live. Learn more about CMLC here.
Removing the Municipal Reserve on the site is the most efficient and effective way for CMLC to acquire the current land in order to analyze, imagine and plan for its future use. Through the development process a portion of the land will be returned to the City and the Municipal Reserve reinstated.
The DDO site sits at the edge of the Southeast 17 Corridor concept plan area. While the area policies don’t apply to the DDO site, the project vision endeavours to realize the spirit of the SE 17TH Avenue Corridor Land Use and Urban design Concept.
Do you have a question about the redevelopment of the DDO you’d like answered? Please email email@example.com and someone from our project team will be happy to reply.
CMLC stands for Calgary Municipal Land Corporation. We’re a team of city-builders devoted to making Calgary a better place to live. You may know us as the people who developed East Village. We hope you’ve had a chance to drop by.
CMLC is an independent development company created by the City of Calgary in 2007 to advance the city’s objectives for urban diversification, community renewal, infrastructure investment and placemaking. We make neighbourhoods more liveable.