Calgary BIAs promote investment in business and community

Calgary’s 12 business improvement areas (BIAs) represent 20 per cent of city businesses, with over $600 million in assessed property/business value, and $59 million in taxes. They go to bat for almost 5,500 businesses each day.

And while traditionally formed in and around Calgary’s core, Iris Li, the City of Calgary’s neighbourhood partnership co-ordinator, says four new BIAs are being considered across the city, including in suburban areas.

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Natural beauty of Ricardo Ranch represents enormous potential for future community

In just over six months time, an area structure plan (ASP) setting out the vision for a natural, amenity-rich, 570-hectare parcel of land in Calgary’s deep south will go before city council.

The proposed new community of Ricardo Ranch is named after an area ranch owned by Calgary Stampede co-founder Senator Patrick Burns, and first established by William Crawley Ricardo.

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Eyes on the prize

2018 Stampede Rotary Dream Home evokes “Mad Men with a modern twist”

Now in its 23rd year of building the Stampede Rotary Dream Home, Homes by Avi’s 2018 version of the Stampede staple provides sophisticated glitz and glamour with a 1960s vibe.

“The theme is moody, elegant, mid-century modern,” said Christian Orme, Homes by Avi corporate marketing manager. White walls and natural light coming from expansive windows throughout offset the home’s gold and black highlights.

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Up in the air

New B.C. speculation tax could prompt Albertan vacationers to look closer to home for second-property purchases

Scott Henderson has split his work time between clients in the Okanagan and those in his hometown of Calgary for the last 15 years.

Eight months ago, the marketing/communications agency owner got pre-qualified for a mortgage for a second residence in Kelowna. Then, this February, B.C.’s provincial government announced a speculation tax on out-of-province and foreign owners to discourage buy-up of housing by investors who, it claims, leave homes empty and drive up home prices. A homeowner can avoid the tax by living in, or renting out, the home half the year.

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