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Welcome to the Weekender, and welcome to the May long weekend!

As usual, the weather forecast for this weekend is a bit of a moving target – sorry, campers – but hopefully we’ll all get a chance to get outside and enjoy a little sunshine over the next few days. It is the unofficial start of summer after all – a summer whose possibilities are becoming more and more enticing as thousands of Albertans receive COVID-19 vaccines every day.

But before you get lost in summer daydreaming, make sure you get caught up on the week that was in real estate. This week’s stories include an update on the BMO Centre expansion and the details of a bold project to completely reimagine a downtown office tower. There are also some handy DIY plumbing tips for homeowners – just in case a leaky faucet or running toilet has been giving you trouble lately.

Let’s dive right in!

This week in CREB®Now

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BMO Centre expansion work begins, as new Calgary Culture and Entertainment District takes shape

Shovels are now in the ground and the BMO Centre’s $500-million expansion is underway. Check out the story for all the details, including the new design, construction timelines and the significance of the project to the burgeoning Calgary Culture and Entertainment District.

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Sierra Place office-to-affordable-housing conversion aims to set high standard for downtown revitalization projects

The City of Calgary recently unveiled its Greater Downtown Plan, designed to revitalize the core and bring more residents into the area. For one of the first revitalization projects launched under the plan, non-profit real estate developer HomeSpace is thinking big – a comprehensive remodel of Dome Petroleum’s former home on Seventh Avenue S.W. to convert it from office space to affordable housing.

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Five DIY plumbing tips for homeowners

While a major emergency like a burst pipe will always require some help from the professionals, there’s no reason why the average homeowner can’t handle more minor plumbing repairs. All you’ll need are a few basic tools and these helpful tips.

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Calgary’s new downtown plan seeks to benefit current residents, and attract new ones

The City of Calgary’s new Greater Downtown Plan is poised to rethink and revitalize the city’s downtown core for generations to come. Check out the story for all the details.

The funnies

I was definitely tracing the lines with my eyes while reading this, so I can’t really judge.

Additional reading

Have a great weekend!