Rebirth of East Village
When coffee cups are proclaiming the rebirth of one of Calgary’s oldest communities, you know something is really happening
East Village mugs have been handed out by Chris Ollenberger of the Calgary Municipal Land Corp., which is overseeing the area’s massive redevelopment.
Although the inner-city zone has languished in limbo for decades — despite several ambitious plans to revive it — there are plenty of reasons to now believe in its future.
Large machines are digging up the dirt all around the downtown area behind city hall — and the first signs of what will be streets are recognizable.
The once neglected, down-at-heel community is showing signs of becoming Calgary’s newest, vibrant inner-city urban village. By completion, estimated for 2020, East Village will be home to 10,000 people in a variety of housing in six “character areas,” says Ollenberger, president and CEO of the corporation.
Character areas refers to distinct neighbourhoods containing heritage buildings within East Village.
An artist’s rendering of a streetscape within the revitalized East Village. Top, an overview of the area after the redevelopment is completed in 2020.