About the DDO project
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.
Have your say
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. The Phase 1 'What We Heard' report can be viewed HERE
Phase 2 of engagement is now underway. Please take the time to complete our online survey HEREYour input throughout this phase will inform the project team’s considerations when outlining design practices best suited for the DDO site.
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.
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