Character areas part of urban village
The East Village Master Plan identifies seven character areas linked by a “public realm” that will help create an urban village feel while respecting and enhancing the area’s history:
Gateway — This area is intended to create a sense of arrival to the village, offering residential, cultural, retail and community uses. A select group of larger-scale retail uses integrated into more modern, mixed-use formats may be considered for a high-exposure location along the west side of Fourth Street S.E.
The Crossing — Historic buildings form the core of this institutional, and potentially residential, block offering a mix of leisure, educational, and cultural uses. The redevelopment of the King Edward Hotel site as part of the National Music Centre by the Cantos Music Foundation will characterize the area. There will also be niche retail with cafes, bars and restaurants overlooking the public squares on Fourth and Fifth Streets S.E. Apartments will overlook courtyard gardens.
River’s Edge — The waterfront promenade of pubs, cafes and restaurants overlooking the Bow River has uses designed to animate the plazas and spaces of the RiverWalk. There will also be specialty retail, such as recreational equipment rental and service shops.
Parkside — This area features residential and community uses permeated by pedestrian paths, including The Riff — a major pedestrian walkway cutting through East Village at an angle. River’s Edge will buildings with overlooking balconies, irregular setbacks, raised gardens and concealed parking.
RiverWalk — The first stage of a high-quality continuous waterfront park promenade is designed to accommodate pedestrians, cyclists, kiosks, and performance spaces.
St. Patrick’s Island — This recreational space will be upgraded to become a setting for a new leisure area. Improvements will include new planting and landscape features, cafe, pedestrian bridge and waterside features.
Fort Calgary — This heritage parkland green space contains a replica of the fort that was Calgary’s first structure, as well as a barracks building and museum, and interpretive facilities. It will tie Calgary’s new east side with the city’s early days.
An upgraded St. Patrick’s Island will become the setting of a new leisure area.