There’s something new happening in the Embassy BOSA section of the East Village Experience Centre. And it’s not what you might expect.
Embassy BOSA’s has transformed the space into a “Think Tank’ – a place where people can share their thoughts about their ideal community and what’s important to them. These valuable insights will help shape not only Embassy BOSA’s newest project Arris, but future developments as well.
No stranger to East Village, Embassy BOSA has been gathering feedback over the past few years informally at the EV Experience Centre while selling their most recent EV project Evolution (which is nearing completion!). The new Think Tank formalizes this process into a digital survey to allow for more in-depth questions and insights.
“The Think Tank takes our listening to the next level,” says Robert Marchand, vice president sales and marketing at Embassy BOSA. “We know Calgarians have opinions about the lifestyle they’re after - both within their homes and in their neighbourhood, and we want to ensure that we’re building what Calgary really wants.”
Arris will be two residential towers perched above 5th & THIRD, the urban retail centre by RioCan that’s currently under construction – 188,000 square feet of shopping, including a Loblaws City Market and Shoppers Drug Mart.
A section of the Think Tank is dedicated to the grocer as grocery shopping is a game changer for the neighbourhood. Marchand says East Villagers are very interested in what the major grocery store will offer, and there will be people on site to answer questions about this key community amenity.
The Think Tank is just getting started, but Marchand says early response has been great. “It wouldn’t be the same in other neighbourhoods,” he says. “People in East Village love to participate. They’re engaged. They want to be part of the community and have a voice.”
One of the questions in the survey asks people for a single word that describes the ideal community. So far, says Marchand, the word that has come back most often is “walkable.” In the groundbreaking ceremony for Arris and 5th & THIRD on April 13, Mayor Nenshi said a major new grocery store and other retail will make it easier for people to live car-free in the city centre.
Coincidence? We think not.
The Think Tank is open during regular EVEC hours.