Re­birth of East Vil­lage

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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.

KATHY MCCORMICK

Cour­tesy, Cal­gary Mu­nic­i­pal Land Corp.

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.

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