Rivers District vi­sion be­com­ing more clear

Calgary Sun - Homes - - Homes - Myke Thomas CALGARYSUN

Af­ter more than three months of ask­ing Cal­gar­i­ans their thoughts about t he re­de­vel­op­ment of East Vic­to­ria Park, part of the Rivers District, the vi­sion is closer to a fi­nal de­sign.

The Cal­gary Mu­nic­i­pal Land Corp. (CMLC) hosted 36 events at­tended by more than 7,000 Cal­gar­i­ans, plus col­lected more than 4,000 on­line sur­veys and found the most com­mon com­ments were:

n Im­prov­ing con­nec­tions into and out of the district and (re)es­tab­lish­ing con­nec­tions to sur­round­ing ar­eas.

n Im­prov­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the El­bow River, which de­fines the district’s east­ern bound­ary.

n Cre­at­ing lively and wel­com­ing streets with a host of pro­gram­ming op­por­tu­ni­ties to cre­ate a year-round des­ti­na­tion.

n At­tract­ing di­verse din­ing and re­tail op­tions and cre­at­ing places to gather.

n De­sign­ing, with best safety prac­tices, di­verse hous­ing op­tions and den­si­ties for res­i­dents at all ages and stages of life.

“We em­barked on this en­gage­ment pro­gram to en­sure the am­bi­tions of our vi­sion for the com­mu­nity align with the val­ues, needs and ex­pec­ta­tions of Cal­gar­i­ans,” says Michael Brown, CMLC’s pres­i­dent and CEO. “Given the district’s his­tory, its city-wide draw and its in­cred­i­ble po­ten­tial, we’ve made sure the op­por­tu­ni­ties for pub­lic in­put are plen­ti­ful, mean­ing­ful and far-reach­ing. We want to un­der­stand how cit­i­zens imag­ine the district tak­ing shape.”

The in­put will in­form an im­por­tant part of the Rivers District Mas­ter Plan and the Belt­line ARP.

“The Rivers District Mas­ter Plan be­gins with the premise of con­nec­tiv­ity,” says Brown. “To un­lock and max­i­mize the district’s devel­op­ment po­ten­tial, the first cru­cial steps are the strate­gic in­fras­truc­ture im­prove­ments that con­nect neigh­bour­hoods and nur­ture stronger com­mu­ni­ties. In­creas­ing con­nec­tiv­ity makes it far eas­ier for pri­vate and pub­lic in­vest­ment to say yes to be­ing part of the vi­sion.”

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