Calgary Downtown East Village Redevelopment
The East Village is located in the most eastern portion of downtown Calgary. After many failed attempts over the past several decades to revitalize the area it seems that this time the East Village will finally emerge as a exciting new part of Downtown Calgary. With 2 land development deals already announced worth hundreds of millions of dollars, we should see construction start in 2012 of a new vibrant and exciting area in downtown Calgary.
Some random facts about East Village:
East Village is the first development in Canada to use Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) which is commonly used in the United States. In 2007 the East Village was the City’s second largest construction project on a daily cost basis after The Bow Skyscraper. The Bow Skyscraper has also been located within the re-development zone for reasons associated with the (TIF) structure. The East Village has developed a street scape that will be the first of its kind in Western Canada, as well as implementing the use of road materials that will be one of their kind in Calgary. One of the biggest benefits of using these new road materials is that they will provide approximately 50-60 years of life before needing maintenance, in comparison to a typical Calgary roadway which requires regular maintenance approximately every 15 years.
The Enmax District Energy centre will be a central heat distribution plant for the East Village, which is far more efficient and environmentally friendly than the traditional system of having a boiler in each individual building. Property Developers and area residents will also enjoy it because it should save everybody some money on their monthly bills.
There will also be a new underpass linking the East Village to Calgary’ Stampede at 4th street, which will make it a lot easier to get to and from the Saddledome after a hockey game, concert, or even going to the biggest outdoor show on earth, the Calgary Stampede. This underpass will also link the stampede grounds and the East Village more easily and help encourage a continuous flow with the rest of downtown Calgary.
Rafting Anyone? The East Village will have steps leading to and from the Bow River to help rafters get in and out of the water. Once the weir construction is complete river rafters in Calgary will be able to stop for lunch downtown and continue rafting south, with picnic tables and eating areas to accommodate the rafters.
Most Calgarians have never heard of St. Patrick’s Island which is situated in the north edge of the East Village. The island is about 45,000 square meters and is currently home to the Calgary Zoo, and was once the location of the city’s premier summer kids’ camp.
East village will connect to St. Patrick’s Island over a new bridge that is currently expected to start construction in the near future once the bridge design winner is chosen. Upon completion the island will have a pool within the banks of Bow, this will allow Calgarians to swim and raft in the summer months and ice skate in the winter ones. The south side of the island which is facing the east village will have a beach, fishing platforms, areas for picnics, cafés and more paths which will guide people further inland to festival stages, and the Calgary zoo.