community building Projects
Downtown Calgary’s east end has the makings of an entertainment district par excellence - a potential game-changer for a city already renowned for its energy, its hospitality and its spirit of fun. To maximize the opportunity before us, we have imagined how each the three community building projects that The City of Calgary is considering may be part of an integrated whole.
In our 2017–2019 Business Plan, CMLC committed to working with stakeholders to study the viability of expanding the convention space and operation in Stampede Park’s BMO Centre to support the new Rivers District Master Plan and other development initiatives like the Green Line LRT expansion.
In Q4 2018, CMLC entered into a development agreement with Calgary Stampede to oversee construction delivery of this $500 million project. With that agreement in place, we are now preparing to deliver what can only be called a catalyst project for east Victoria Park. Adding more than 500,000 SF to the existing space, the proposed expansion will elevate the BMO Convention Centre to Tier One – making it the second largest meeting facility in the country after Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Considered as one of three community building projects for the Rivers District, the proposed new Event Centre would replace the aging Saddledome and was examined during the master plan process to understand how the facility would integrate into the community and enhance the vision of Calgary’s Culture and Entertainment District.
In 2018, the City of Calgary established the Event Centre Assessment Committee which includes representatives from the City of Calgary, Calgary Economic Development, and two members from CMLC. As part of CMLC’s role on the Event Centre Assessment Committee, we will continue to work with the City of Calgary to assess the opportunity for a new Event Centre and integrating it into the overall master plan.
The Arts Commons Transformation project, while not within the study area of the master plan, does reside in the broader Rivers District and is the third community building projects being considered within the area as a catalyst project for Calgary’s Culture and Entertainment District. The vision for Arts Commons is to design and build a new theatre and support spaces for Arts Commons North (north of Teatro Restaurant) and perform major renovations to the existing building including recladding of the existing building’s exterior.
For more information about the Arts Commons Transformation, visit artscommons.ca