The new bridge over Macleoad Trail at 61st Avenue S.W. will include accessibility features such as elevators and escalators, have a covered four-metre walkway and a connection directly into the second level of Chinook Centre. Illustration courtesy City of Calgary

City reveals design for Chinook Centre pedestrian bridge

Construction to start in September

The City of Calgary has unveiled the final design for a new $13-million pedestrian bridge over 61st Avenue S.W.

The new bridge will include accessibility features such as elevators and escalators, have a covered four-metre walkway and a connection directly into the second level of Chinook Centre.

According to the City, the overpass will create a safe, accessible and convenient crossing for the more than 2,000 pedestrians that cross over Macleod Trail every day.

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Westmark Holdings general manager Paul Gerla envisions the Cooper's Town Promenade commercial area that's current being developed will be vibrant, functional open-air plaza to harmonize with existing community. Photo by Carl Patzel/For CREB®Now

Open for business

Commercial development in Airdrie steady despite downturn

Paul Gerla has long had a vision to develop a vibrant neighbourhood shopping destination in Airdrie’s flourishing southwest quadrant.

And he wasn’t about to let a downturn in the provincial economy distract him.

“When we evaluate a project like this, we think in terms of decades, not necessarily what’s happening today,” said Gerla, general manager of WestMark Holding Ltd., which is behind a new five-hectare Cooper’s Town Promenade commercial district in the upscale Cooper’s Crossing community.

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Inner-city high rises like Park Point are serving a growing niche of downsizers. Illustration courtesy Qualex-Landmark

Boomers making their mark

Condo developers respond to ‘downsizing’ needs

As the largest segment of the population in North America, baby boomers have shaped our world more than any other age group. And their impact on housing is profound.

Now, while this generation, born between 1946 and 1964, is becoming increasingly gray, the real estate industry is responding to their needs for housing.

Many developers in Alberta are turning their attention to high-density high-rises in centrally located neighbourhoods to reflect boomers’ demand for stylish, worry-free living, said Parham Mahboubi, vice-president of planning and marketing at Qualex-Landmark — a Vancouver-based development firm which is the force behind Park Point in the Beltline along 12th Avenue S.W.

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The Skydrop Smart Watering Sprinkler Controller monitors local weather in real time via Wi-Fi and delivers water only when and where needed.

Summer tech

Cool backyard tools that turn up the heat this season

A6Ahh, summer in the city. What a great time to be a homeowner, right? Step out your door and survey your domain, listen to the birds, smell the flowers and greenery — then plan your evening barbecue.

But wait. There’s a flipside to all that. Did you water the lawn and garden? Does it need mowing before you can enjoy it? Better get it done, because tonight you’re going to have to hover over the grill to make sure your steaks are done to perfection, while your friends and family enjoy the results of your backyard labour.

Well, we all know technology can’t solve every problem, but it can certainly help reduce the stress and time you devote to looking after your outdoor living space.

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Former CREB® president Alan Tennant recalls Calgary's real estate industry in 1998 was marked by continued adoption of new technologies and increased mobility among real estate professionals. Photo by Michelle Hofer/For CREB®Now

Signs of stability

Former CREB® president Alan Tennant recalls 1998 as one with few challenges

Alan Tennant summarizes Calgary’s resale residential housing market in 1998 in one word: stable.

“I recall doing monthly statistic releases throughout the year, and trying to find new ways to state ‘stable,’” said Tennant, who was CREB®’s president that year. “I remember [the market] now more fondly than I did at the time. Back then, it seemed almost boring.”

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