FLOOD UPDATE: EAST VILLAGE INFRASTRUCTURE PROVING EFFECTIVE
Yesterday, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation, the developers of the East Village project conducted a site visit and walk through of the neighbourhood redevelopment project in an effort to do a visual assessment of early damage to the infrastructure programs currently underway. Calgary’s city centre, which includes East Village, is still under a mandatory evacuation notice which has limited CMLC’s access and early recovery planning.
“East Village in general did not receive any more or less flooding than any other parts of downtown”, said Michael Brown, president & CEO, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation. “The flood-proofing work completed in the community was successful in alleviating damage across the streetscape and sidewalk improvements, which remain intact and functional. The 4th Street Underpass has had some impact as a pump station located in 4th Street SE below the CPR tracks, has blown and will need repairs. It is too early for a full assessment of flood damage to be completed and we still have much work to do.”
Today East Village residents, mostly senior citizens, remain displaced through various shelters across the city. CMLC considers the safety and welfare of our residents paramount and is making preparations to assist with their return to the neighbourhood.
The St. Patrick’s Island pedestrian bridge and island park redevelopment remain a priority focus for Calgary Municipal Land Corporation, their consultants and trade workers. The pedestrian bridge was in final phases of construction and the southward spans where being installed when the flood hit on Thursday. St. Patrick’s Island park redevelopment was two weeks into an 18-24 month construction cycle and will be assessed as soon as possible.
Some sections of RiverWalk Phase lll, behind Fort Calgary, which was opened last September is showing signs of erosion damage. The pathway is closed and will remain closed until crews can assess the situation.
CMLC is in regular contact with our community and development partners regarding the status of their operations and construction programs within East Village.
FIRST, a 191 unit project by FRAM + Slokker has sustained little-to-no impact as a result of flooding. This development project is in the early phases of construction and subterranean work had not begun. Shoring work is expected to resume later this week.
The Embassy BOSA project EVOLUTION began construction in September 2012 and the subterranean excavation has been completed along with phase 1 slab-on-grade. As a result of the flooding, the construction site is currently retaining water and will be pumped once the neighbourhood water tables reach manageable levels.