A river is a beautiful thing, so it’s hardly surprising that Calgary’s first neighbourhood – East Village – took root at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers. Of course, when it comes to moving people in and out of Calgary’s core, rivers pose significant obstacles. And that’s why a bridge is also a beautiful thing.
Woven purposefully into the East Village master plan are three urban squares: 5th Street Square, Celebration Square and Crossroads, each designed to nurture human connections and offer escape from the dizzying pace of daily life.
Though few in number, the historic buildings in East Village are big in character. The colourful histories of the Simmons Building, Hillier Block, St. Louis Hotel and King Edward Hotel add a compelling dimension to the neighbourhood’s personality.
CMLC was created to implement infrastructure improvements in the Rivers District. The varied and complex projects we've undertaken since 2007 range from raising the East Village floodplain to the construction of RiverWalk to master planning St. Patrick’s Island. While we've completed most major infrastructure projects, the CMLC team continues to fulfil important infrastructure mandates and assess future projects within the area. Click on link to view larger map. Enlarge map
In 2015, the Cecil Hotel was demolished after two due diligence investigations. The site is now being prepared for future development opportunities.
In November 2015, CMLC announced they will assist the City of Calgary by conducting environmental evaluation of West Village. As the fully redeveloped and revitalized East Village now rises skyward, CMLC is assisting the City of Calgary by providing a comprehensive investigation and assessment of the extent of the environmental contamination of West Village in order to determine if the community can be transformed into a vibrant mixed-use neighbourhood.
In 2016, CMLC will expand our focus to unlock placemaking potential in the broader Rivers District area.
CMLC is working with City of Calgary to acquire the land that formerly housed David D. Oughton School for redevelopment in the community Albert Park/ Radisson Heights. We are currently undergoing community engagement to explore possible future uses of the site – Have Your Say.