Doubt­ing Thomases ranks will shrink

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - New Condos - MART Y HOPE

There have been naysay­ers who doubted the re­al­ity of East Vil­lage. Even af­ter Em­bassy Bosa Inc. of Van­cou­ver and the Fram+Slocker group of Toronto went pub­lic with plans that will in­clude some­thing like 1,200 con­dos in their two res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments, there were naysay­ers — not as many, but they were there.

Well now, the ranks of those doubt­ing Thomases may shrink even fur­ther with the an­nounce­ment of an 8,000-square-foot “tem­po­rary” build­ing that will be built as a sales and mar­ket­ing cen­tre in the heart of East Vil­lage for Bosa and Fram — and for Cal­gary Mu­nic­i­pal Land Cor­po­ra­tion (CMLC), the overseer of the de­vel­op­ment, that is close to leas­ing out its cur­rent quar­ters in the his­toric Sim­mons Build­ing.

“We can’t wait to present po­ten­tial buy­ers with what we have to of­fer, right down to the kitchen sink,” says Frank Gian­none, pres­i­dent of Fram Build­ing Group. “For the first time, Calgarians will get a de­tailed look at what the fu­ture neigh­bour­hood will look like — and I think they’ll be re­ally im­pressed.”

It’s not of­ten you hear about some­thing 8,0000 square feet in size be­ing a tem­po­rary fa­cil­ity. But again, the idea is to show peo­ple that, in fact, ev­ery­body in­volved in the re- de­vel­op­ment of land east of city hall and west of Fort Cal­gary are se­ri­ous about the mas­sive pro­ject.

Hoard­ing is al­ready up for the East Vil­lage Ex­pe­ri­ence Cen­tre on the cor­ner of River­front Av­enue and Con­flu­ence Way S.E. It will give in­ter­ested Calgarians and fu­ture res­i­dents an op­por­tu­nity to learn more about the vi­sion for East Vil­lage and will also serve to show­case the res­i­dences and stylings to be of­fered by the high-pro­file res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ers.

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