Calgary Herald

Plans revived for Airdrie project

A stall sells paper replica iPads and iPhones, which were burned as offerings to the dead during the Qing Ming festival, in Kuala Lumpur Wednesday.

- DAVI D PArKEr

John Torode, president of Torode Realty Advisors, has closed on the land for a four-phased residentia­l developmen­t called Copperston­e Village in Airdrie and plans to start constructi­on on 97 units within the next 60 days.

The undergroun­d parkade was completed prior to work stopping on the project; using the original design of NORR Architects, he plans to complete it with rental apartments throughout Phase I. He says that there are currently only 300 apartments to supply a population of 40,000 people living in Airdrie.

When built out, Copperston­e Village, located at MacKenzie Way and Railway Avenue, will contain a total of 286 units.

Torode says that after his presentati­on at last fall’s real estate forum, he was approached by a number of business people who wanted him to manage their new investment­s in real estate, so he is on the lookout for more developmen­ts that can use his expertise.

Southern Alberta is his prime area to do business but he is also making trips to search out commercial properties, and in particular shopping centres, in the Phoenix area.

Torode, who was responsibl­e for bringing a number of public art pieces, to the city retains his interest in the Calgary arts scene by serving on the boards of Calgary Opera and Theatre Junction, and wants to bring more class pieces of sculpture here.

Ever the salesman and motivator, Torode says he has trained so many successful commercial real estate agents over the years he is offering a Sales 101 Master the Fundamenta­ls course today and tomorrow at Hotel Arts

Following the decision by Bell to vacate its Westwinds centre, ATB Financial jumped at the opportunit­y to move into the recently constructe­d Remington Developmen­t building.

President and chief executive Dave Mowat says it is an ideal location situated adjacent to the McKnight/Westwinds LRT, close to the airport, and providing his staff with plenty of on-site parking.

ATB Financial will consolidat­e around 1,200 people and most of its Calgary operations from four different locations into the 210,000-squarefoot building, including its call centre and central services back-office processing department.

Kevin Gregor, a managing partner in Odgers Berndston’s Calgary office, has been appointed chairman of the board of Alberta Blue Cross. The not-for-profit organizati­on is a $2-billion operation with over 1,000 employees across the province providing health care benefits to Albertans and Albertabas­ed companies.

DIRTT is spreading as the Calgary-based company announces the completion of a partnershi­p and financing for $22 million led by Expansion Capital Partners. Proceeds from the financing will be used to establish DIRTT Environmen­tal Solutions new manufactur­ing plant for modular walls in Phoenix, which is expected to be fully operationa­l by this summer.

Rapid growth is also supported by the opening of two new Green Learning Centers in California; the Los Angeles space is entertaini­ng small client tours now and the San Francisco operation will open later this spring.

AGCcooks, The Art of Cuisine is one of the Art Gallery of Calgary’s most successful signature fundraiser­s. Its 9th annual event is being held this year on Wednesday, April 13, when the Stephen Avenue Walk gallery will be transforme­d into a kitchen stadium where six of the city’s top chefs will battle it out.

Guests will be treated to culinary surprises from Charcut Roast House, Chef’s Table at Riverside Inn, Home Tasting Room, Rouge, Rush and Sky 360 based on a secret ingredient by Herald columnist, food writer and critic John Gilchrist and paired with a wine chosen by each restaurant’s sommelier. Sounds like a lot of fun.

Congratula­tions to the Bow Valley Club, in the heart of downtown in Bow Valley Square that is celebratin­g its 30th year in business.

Primarily a fitness club, president Steve Cropper says there isn’t another like it in the city as it offers first class squash and a wide range of fitness facilities, but also fullfledge­d meeting spaces and distinguis­hed dining options.

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Courtesy, NORR Architects Planners Constructi­on on the 97 units of Copperston­e Village in airdrie is expected to start within the next 60 days.
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