The idea of bringing East Village back to life as an urban village began in 2005 and involved the City of Calgary, urban planners and the public. In 2008, CMLC organized an international competition to find an urban design practice to provide advice on the master plan for the redevelopment of East Village. The British firm, Broadway Malyan – one of the top architectural practices in the world – was unanimously awarded the project.
Broadway Malyan’s master plan, announced in 2009, was inspired by some of the most liveable places in the world. It provided the framework for the development of East Village into a vibrant, mixed-use, creative city neighbourhood – an urban village and one of the most dynamic areas within Calgary’s downtown core.
In the intervening years, East Village has undergone a transformation that is nothing less than dramatic.
Through our investment of more than $180 million into East Village infrastructure, CMLC has attracted key land sales for residential and commercial development by firms and organizations of national and internationals repute. Embassy BOSA and FRAM+Slokker have together committed to building $650 million of mixed-use development, and construction of their combined 1,400 condominium units is well underway. The National Music Centre began construction on its new building, which incorporates the historic King Eddy Hotel, in February 2013. And with plans in place for Widewaters Group’s 303-room Hilton Hotel and Calgary’s new Central Library to come to East Village, CMLC has managed to attract more than $1 billion in planned investment over and above our own investments.
In addition, two of RiverWalk’s four kilometres are now complete; the 4th Street Underpass opened to traffic in late 2011; and work is well underway on the revitalization of St. Patrick’s Island and construction of the new St. Patrick’s Bridge.