Project update: October 2014
Developing mixed-use projects is a tough gig in most cities – design, financing, permitting, stakeholder engagement and political climate are all illustrative of the complex ‘theatre’ of urban revitalization. Add the challenge of reimagining a 3-acre former school site with a 100 year-old sandstone building in the middle, located within an inner-city neighbourhood, and the analogy to a major production becomes clear.
While we’re not quite at opening night, our cSPACE team has been working incredibly hard behind the scenes to prepare for our ground-breaking. One of the recent outcomes was the signing and release of our development and building permits by the City of Calgary, a milestone that triggers our subdivision to be released soon afterwards.
Without a doubt, designing and developing a multi-disciplinary arts hub, a new park, affordable artist live-work housing, townhouses and condominiums has been a marathon – here’s a snapshot of our key steps of the municipal planning process:
- November 22, 2011 – Purchase of site
- April 11, 2012 – Rezoning application submitted
- February 11, 2013 – 3rd reading by Council
- March 5, 2013 – Subdivision application submitted
- May 31, 2013 – Development Permit application submitted
- August 15, 2013 – Demolition Permit application submitted
- December 19, 2013 – Development Permit approved
- January 16, 2014 – Demolition Permit approved
- February 20, 2014 – Building Permit application submitted
- February 20, 2014 – Subdivision approved
- October 21, 2014 – Development Permit released
- October 24, 2014 – Building Permit approved and released
- November 2014 – Subdivision released (anticipated)
Throughout such a complex process, challenges arise from many places that require responsiveness, collaboration and a dose of tenacity to resolve. Since March of this year, cSPACE’s team has worked to address concerns from various residents about the potential noise impact of our proposed chiller unit location at the King Edward site.
As a community builder, we met all municipal approvals processes noted above and the associated stringent technical reviews. Supported by the local community association and Ward 8 Councillor, cSPACE’s original chiller system design was approved by the City in 2013 and was never anticipated to be contentious. However, a thoughtful communication from a neighbour recently reminded us of an important point. As an aspirational community builder, cSPACE needs to constantly challenge ourselves to lead positive change. Our award-winning approach to sustainable design and community vitalization has showcased this ambition from the beginning of cSPACE’s redevelopment of the King Edward site.
With that intent, our engineering and architect team has worked diligently to improve the sound performance of our system even further to an international best practice. For details of the revised design, please read our October 3 Letter to the Marda Loop Communities Association posted on our website.