Char­ac­ter ar­eas part of ur­ban vil­lage

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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.

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