Digging the new neighbourhood

With the ground officially broken for FRAM+Slokker's FIRST residential condominium tower, buzz surrounding the future of East Village all but drowns out the sound of construction.

With the ground officially broken for FRAM+Slokker's FIRST residential condominium tower, buzz surrounding the future of East Village all but drowns out the sound of construction. 
When FIRST owners get the keys to their new homes in 2015, chances are they won't be logging a lot of couch time. With all that East Village life has to offer, there will simply be too much to explore.

RiverWalk, just steps away, will entice urban explorers onto two kilometres of pathway stretching from the Centre Street Bridge to Fort Calgary. With designated pathways for pedestrians and cyclists and with enticing street furniture, river outlooks and an interpretive area at the confluence of the rivers, outdoor enthusiasts can set their own pace of exploration. Just a skipping stone away, the graceful arches of the new St. Patrick's Island bridge (which will be completed later this year) will lead villagers to a huge, soon-to-be gently revitalized backyard playground on St. Patrick’s Island. Riverfront Lane, East Village's first pedestrian-only street, is the neighbourhood’s own public art gallery. The bench seating along the streetscape is the perfect place to contemplate the vibrant colours of Ron Moppet’s 110-foot mosaic wall installation or the continuous motion of Julian Opie's clever LED installation. 
With the National Music Centre breaking ground at the site of the old King Eddie Hotel in February, and with plans for a new Calgary Central library to be located in East Village (both of them just an arm's length from the new 4th Street underpass), FIRST residents will find themselves at the epicentre of culture, enertainment and education in Calgary. Wildly popular programs and events like Rock the Walk, the Calgary Marathon, and Elves in the Village Christmas Market will continue to make East Village a destination right on our own doorstep. In addition, plans for neighbourhood retail services and a brand new Hilton hotel means that East Village will be, in the words of Fred Serrafero, VP development for FIRST, “the place in Calgary to live, work and play for years to come.”