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David d. oughton school site REdevelopment


DDO - intro

David d. oughton school site REdevelopment



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. 

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 Fall 2018 CMLC is meeting with prospective developer partners to present the opportunity for multi-family development at the DDO site. More information about this opportunity can be found here


report back to community 

On Saturday, June 24, 2017 CMLC hosted a pancake breakfast to provide a summary of we heard from the community during the engagement process that took place earlier that spring. Included was discussion on how the insights and data gathered have informed design principles - specifically related to the public realm - that will be incorporated into the redevelopment and next steps in procuring a development partner to deliver on a cohesive vision for the community. 


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Who is CMLC, are you the City of Calgary?

CMLC is an independent, for-profit developer, created and owned by the City of Calgary. Our purpose it to achieve the City's objectives for urban densification and community renewal, infrastructure investment and placemaking.

Our first project was the revitalization of East Village and the broader Rivers District. With the expansion of our mandate approved by City Council in 2016, we now work throughout the City on projects ranging from master planned communities to the development of single buildings or significant public spaces. We are a passionate team of urban placemakers devoted to making Calgary a better place to live. Learn more about CMLC here.

The City of Calgary has announced the removal of Municipal Reserve on the David D. Oughton Site. What does this mean?

Removing the Municipal Reserve on the site is the most efficient and effective way for CMLC to acquire the current land in order to analyze, imagine and plan for its future use. Through the development process a portion of the land will be returned to the City and the Municipal Reserve reinstated.

Is the redevelopment of the DDO site part of the Southeast 17TH Avenue Corridor project?

The DDO site sits at the edge of the Southeast 17 Corridor concept plan area. While the area policies don’t apply to the DDO site, the project vision endeavours to realize the spirit of the SE 17TH Avenue Corridor Land Use and Urban design Concept.

Do you have a question about the redevelopment of the DDO you’d like answered? Please email jmorrison@calgarymlc.ca and someone from our project team will be happy to reply.


About the Developer – CMLC

CMLC stands for Calgary Municipal Land Corporation. We’re a team of city-builders devoted to making Calgary a better place to live. You may know us as the people who developed East Village. We hope you’ve had a chance to drop by.

CMLC is an independent development company created by the City of Calgary in 2007 to advance the city’s objectives for urban diversification, community renewal, infrastructure investment and placemaking. We make neighbourhoods more liveable.