City Agencies Partner to Deliver New Home Ownership Opportunity in Albert Park/Radisson Heights
CMLC and Attainable Homes Calgary are pleased to announce the two wholly-owned subsidiaries of the City of Calgary have finalized a partnership for the redevelopment of the former David D. Oughton school site in the southeast community of Albert Park/Radisson Heights.
The 8.77 acre site located at 16th Avenue and 34th Street SE has been slated for redevelopment for the past several years. The former CBE school site has sat vacant since the school was closed in 2006. It was then purchased by The City of Calgary in 2008 and CMLC subsequently purchased the site as an opportunity to bring a revitalized development opportunity to the area. CMLC first announced a development partnership with local development firm RNDSQR in 2019 however, the pair mutually dissolved the partnership earlier this year to enable the partnership with Attainable Homes.
“We’ve spent a great deal of time examining options for this site and are pleased to now be taking the next steps with required regulatory processes to realize a solution that will deliver attainable home ownership options in this dynamic community,” says Kate Thompson, CMLC President and CEO. “This is a site that has long been identified as a redevelopment opportunity and our partnership with Attainable Homes is bringing forward a project at a time when finding affordable housing solutions in well-situated sites is of paramount importance.”
To enable future development on the site, Attainable Homes has initiated a land use redesignation process that expects to see up to 280 townhouse-style homes built on the site. A development permit application will follow, and site work is expected to commence in Spring 2024.
“Calgary is in great need of attainable home ownership opportunities that provide solutions for families to continue to live work, and play in our established communities,” says Jaydan Tait, Attainable Homes President. “This site presents a rare opportunity to deliver just that and to integrate thoughtfully-designed homes into a well-connected community. We believe starting off with the principle of individual owner-occupied townhomes, each with its own entrance, is a great starting place and will be well received by neighbours.”
Site planning work will take place over the next few months. The site will include dedicated green space and municipal reserve that is anticipated to equate to approximately three acres of the total site, providing a balance of programmed green space that is accessible to the broader community and will serve as a complement to the new homes.
“We are committed to supporting projects like David D. Oughton to address Calgary’s growing housing needs," says Mayor Gondek. “The partnership between two key City-owned agencies combines CMLC’s expertise in placemaking and community design with Attainable Homes and their leadership in providing affordable housing solutions for Calgarians."
Attainable Homes expects to work through the land use process through Q1 2024 and will engage with the community and adjacent landowners throughout the process, building on the extensive community engagement conducted by CMLC in 2017.
More information about the project can be found here