Rethinking retail

Calgary’s collection of decades-old malls are getting much-needed facelifts

Consumer demand is driving a wave of commercial real estate development in the city with several major shopping centres poised to get major makeovers this year and next.

Deerfoot Mall in the city’s northeast, as well as Northland Village Mall and Stadium Shopping Centre in the northwest, are all in the planning or development stages of redevelopment.

Michael Kehoe, an Alberta-based retail specialist with Fairfield Commercial Real Estate Inc., said the collective changes reflect landlords’ attempts to breathe new life into decades-old retail hubs, of which there are plenty in the city.

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Window of opportunity

Condo developers using downturn as opportunity to build

The downturn in Calgary’s economy is creating a much-needed opportunity for developers to reset and plan for the long-term, say experts, who also believe the apartment-style condominium sector stands to benefit the most.

Susan Veres, senior vice-president of strategy and business development for Calgary Municipal Land Corp. (CMLC), admits sales “have slowed” in the popular East Village community on the banks of the Bow River, but also said the timing of the current downturn is “almost fortuitous” for the up-and-coming area.

“It’s serendipitous that we’re actually focusing on construction this year,” she said, whose company, CMLC, is wholly owned subsidiary of the City of Calgary that is currently revitalizing East Village.

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‘A livelier neighbourhood’

Highland Park reimagining could invigorate northwest community 

The former Highland Golf Course in northwest Calgary could be host to a new kind of activity in the form of a major redevelopment.

Developer Maple Projects Inc. recently shared plans for its “reimagining” of the 21-hectare site – which would include up to 2,100 housing units as well as a commercial development along Centre Street N. – at an open house which drew, among others, members of the local community association, who believe the development could provide a boost to the area.

“Absolutely, it can be a huge benefit for the community,” said Paul Engler, chair of the development committee for the Highland Park Community Association. “We are looking very much forward to it. We are working with the developer to come up with something that’s awesome for them, for our future neighbours and for our existing neighbours.”

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Developers submit Stadium Shopping Centre proposal

Redevelopment is being envisioned as a 800,840-square-foot mixed-use hub.

Marshall Tittemore Architects (MTa) confirmed it has submitted a development permit application for the redevelopment of the Stadium Shopping Centre that would create a proposed 800,840-square-foot mixed-use hub in Calgary’s northwest.

Over the past nine months, MTA has been working in collaboration with current shopping centre owner Western Securities, as well as Stuart Olsen on the proposed development.

“MTa is excited to continue its support to the entire team in professing this proposed development in the near future, transforming this area into a social diverse mixed-use urban environment,” the company said in a release.

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Development plans revealed for Trinity Hills

New vision for Paskapoo Slopes area

A controversial mixed-use project slated for west Calgary has revealed its development plan.

Located along the Trans-Canada Highway, Trinity Hills would bring 700,000 square feet of retail space, 250,000 square feet of office space along with 1,500 residential units to the East Paskapoo Slopes area adjoining Canada Olympic Park.

The plans for site, which had been met with fears of over-development from some local residents, calls for nearly three million square feet in total development which would consume roughly one-third of the existing green space.

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