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Rivers District Intro


Rivers District MASTER PLAN

designing an urban culture & entertainment district

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Rivers District Intro


Rivers District MASTER PLAN

designing an urban culture & entertainment district

 

// East Victoria Park Projects

RIVERS DISTRICT MASTER PLAN

Envisioned as Calgary’s Culture & Entetainment District - CMLC’s 20-year vision for east Victoria Park calls for a mixed use community that will be home to 8000 new residents and 4 million square feet of new mixed use development space. The Rivers District Master Plan has been designed to be flexible enough to imagine and integrate modernized amenities like a new event centre, an expansion of the BMO Centre, and the delivery of a Stampede Trail retail destination. As the development progresses, the plan and community will accommodate and support a variety of entertainment and cultural amenities.

To further examine the potential for the Rivers District, Calgary Economic Development (CED) commissioned a study through the Event Centre Assessment Committee (ECAC), to understand the potential total economic impact for the Rivers District. The report, completed in January 2019, looks at three community building projects being considered in the district including BMO Expansion, proposed Event Centre and Arts Commons Transformation. To review the complete report, click here

Rivers District Process


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Rivers District Process


 

// Master Plan Process

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

Working committee in 2017-2018

Following two years of master planning informed by the working committee that included Remington Development Corporation, Victoria Park BIA, Ramsay Community Association, Inglewood and Beltline Community Associations,  Calgary Stampede and City of Calgary, CMLC spent nine months engaging with Calgarians to ensure the ambitions of our vision for the community align with their values, needs and expectations.

Public Engagement 2018

Involving 36 engagement events and assembling data from nearly 4,000 surveys about the future of Calgary’s Cultural and Entertainment District, engagement efforts spanned the entire city. To make the most of this broad engagement initiative while ensuring our master-plan vision would pass the test of policy, we teamed up with the City for the public engagement program to advance our master plan as well as proposed amendments to a portion of the Beltline Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP), which will be amended to support the RDMP. ARP amendments will go through Calgary Planning Commission and City Council in Q1 2019.

 

Character Areas


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Character Areas


 

// Master Plan Details

Character Areas

In Rivers District, the following Six Character Areas articulate the unique quality of each sub-area and inform how building forms, land use, and streets in each area interface with each other.

WAREHOUSE DISTRICT

A mix of commercial, office and residential spaces will take over historic brick buildings and restored warehouses to create a unique street experience.

NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE

This mixed-use area featuring residential towers, office buildings, hotels, restaurants and shops will be vibrant and exciting at any time of day or night.

RIVERFRONT RESIDENTIAL

This residential area is characterized by mid-scale urban living with easy access to transit, downtown, regional trails, and the Elbow River.

CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT AND EDUCTION

Modern amenities like an expanded BMO Centre and potential new Event Centre, along with the Youth Campus, will be integrated with lively festival streets, urban plazas, and riverfront parks.

GATEWAY WEST

High-density residential towers with a combination of restaurant, commercial, and office space will line the busy arterials and weave neighbourhoods together.

AGRICULTURE, LARGE EVENTS AND FESTIVALS 

The district will create a new pedestrian and vehicular link and increase year-round connectivity to Stampede Park.

 

Rivers District - Public Engagement


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Rivers District - Public Engagement


 

Critical Connectors

The redevelopment of East Village was approached by determining how we could ‘connect’ East Village to the core and to surrounding neighbourhoods while attracting development. In east Victoria Park, we are beginning with the same focus on planning and designing for connectivity, including the 17th Avenue Extension, 5th Street SE Underpass, and 9th Avenue Bridge into Inglewood.