East Village was a plan that started in 2009 by Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), now the vision is coming to life with a 3D animation depicting the neighbourhood actually taking shape.
Over the past five years the area has seen infrastructure upgrades, heritage building restorations, public art installations, the 4th Street Underpass and two of the RiverWalk’s four kilometres.
“Our new 3D rendering is a realistic view of what East Village will look like in a few short years from now,” said Michael Brown, president and CEO of CMLC.
Other accomplishments that have happened since 2009 include: making a deal with Cantos Music Foundation to turn the King Eddie into the National Music Centre, built deals with Embassy BOSA and Fram + Slokker Developments that will open the door to nearly 1,300 residential units, collaborated with RioCan to establish a 300,000 sq. ft. urban shopping centre and have added plans for a New Central Library.
Calgarians can expect to see many additions to the list of East Village achievements in 2014. Some of these are: divestment of land for East Village’s first new rental apartment complex, grand opening of the new St. Patrick’s Island Bridge, construction start of the new 300 room, dual branded, Hilton Hotel, site work and encapsulation of the LRT tracks, which will pass under the New Central Library and continue to work to build spirit of community with a robust calendar of events and programs.
“I think Calgarians will be awestruck to learn how the east side of downtown is transforming into a new urban village; if you haven’t been here in a while, it’s worth the trip to see all the change,” said Brown.
To view the 3D animation of what East Village will become, visit calgarymlc.ca/2014-animation.