Beltline

Inner-city community combines historic charm with stunning new developments

The Beltine is a community experiencing a period of major transition – from the reconstruction of 17th Avenue S.W. to the reimagining of Victoria Park.

Through it all, the beauty and vibrancy of this inner-city neighbourhood just seems to be getting stronger and stronger.

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Eastern promises

Big things are in store for East Victoria Park

What would you do if you had a chance to remake a large area of Calgary’s inner city to meet the needs of today?

That’s the opportunity the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) was given when it began redevelopment of the Rivers District along the Bow and Elbow Rivers near downtown.

First it tackled the Downtown East Village, but now the City of Calgary-owned corporation has turned its sights to East Victoria Park, in an effort to transform the area into a cultural, entertainment and residential hub.

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Bright future

A decade of redevelopment has transformed Calgary’s East Village, but the best is yet to come

Nearly ten years into the East Village Master Plan, which was developed in 2009, the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) has invested close to $400-million into its delivery.

“That has attracted nearly $3 billion in private investment, including RioCan’s urban retail centre, now under construction, and various condo developments,” said Clare LePan, CMLC’s director of marketing and communications.

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A work in progress

Victoria Park, with its proximity to the core and other Beltline communities is set to blossom into one of the city’s cultural and entertainment hot spots.

For more than a decade, most of Victoria Park has languished, abandoned and checkered with asphalt parking lots after the city expropriated land from about 200 property owners to allow the Calgary Stampede to proceed with expansion plans.

But, a few new residential hi-rises have cropped up around its edges, signaling that investors and buyers find promise in the area’s future.

Calgary’s land agency recently added fuel to that promise by hiring a team of urban designers and architects to create a master plan for the area as part of its Rivers District Revitalization Plan mandate.

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The ‘In’ crowd

Inner-city communities offering residents plenty to get excited about

From the historic streets of Inglewood to the shopping district along 17th Avenue, Calgary’s inner city represents an eclectic and ever-changing mix of stories, style and substance. After all, these are areas where 100-year-old brick buildings seamlessly interchange with high-rise construction cranes.

Yet for those who live in Calgary`s inner city, it isn’t just their surroundings and amenities that make it special. It’s the people.

“Sure we have our night markets, Christmas celebrations and kitschy shops, but what makes Ramsay and Inglewood an exceptional place to live are the people,” said local resident Natalia Jezierska.

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