In May 2016, local Calgary artist, Curtis Van Charles Sorensen was awarded the contract to create the next temporary art installation on RiverWalk. Sorensen’s art – which will grace three bridge abutments, two public washrooms and a maintenance shed – pays tribute to the animals and natural spaces woven through Calgary’s urban environment. The as-yet-unnamed exhibition will be the third temporary installment of public art along RiverWalk and will enliven the pedestrian pathway for two years after its installation this September.
The St. Louis Hotel renovations began in spring 2015. To extend the life of this 1914 building by another 100+ years, edifice were fortified with a new steel structure. The St. Louis’s front facade will mimic the style of the facade installed in 1949, and it will include three light wells clad with white panelling to cast light throughout the building. Inside, the building will feature a four-stop elevator, concrete-topped floors with existing milled floors exposed below, and exposed brick, mechanical, electrical and structural elements to evoke the original building’s rustic feel. Once complete in Summer 2016, CMLC’s head office operations will move into the historical asset with community activations organized for the main floor.
Completed in early 2016, Crossroads Phase II is the southern extension of the Wheel of Women plaza. This included the highly anticipated East Village Community Garden which welcomed its first gardeners in May 2016. The new community garden has 88 raised plots, apples orchard, playground and an artfully designed storage facility by award winning architecture firm 5468796 Inc.
Breaking ground in April 2016, RioCan & Embassy Bosa have come together to develop a 188,000 sqft urban retail centre that includes a full-sized Loblaws City Market, as well as other retail tenants which will be topped by two new residential towers called Arris, being delivered by Embassy BOSA. Sales for Arris are anticipated to start in 2017.
At the intersection of RiverWalk and ‘The Riff’, Crossroads is a public space alive with activity. Now complete, residents and visitors to EV can enjoy a new community garden, public seating, children’s play area and 'The Wheel of Women' – a circular plaza that recognizes and honours influential Calgarian women who have helped shape our civic thinking.
Completed in January 2016, East Village’s second urban square, located along Riverfront Lane and 4th Street SE is an open, flexible ‘celebration space’. The square has been designed to accommodate outdoor events and activities all year round. C-Square will be connected to both retail and entertainment in the area, sustaining activity and energy both night and day, making it a vibrant centerpiece for EV’s streetscape.
Completed November 2014, 5th Street Square is EV’s newest public space. Located at the intersection of 7th Avenue and 5th Street SE, the Square incorporates a diagonal pedestrian route – “The Riff” – with other pedestrian paths in East Village. An inviting place to gather with friends or just gather one's thoughts.
In October 2014, Groupe Germain Hospitalite announced plans to build an alt Hotel in East Village. The hotel will extend the company’s innovative “no-frills-chic” concept, which offers today’s traveler modern design and eco-friendly features at a low price. Designed by LEMAYMICHAUD Architecture, the 11-storey alt Hotel Calgary will have 155 rooms and 5,000 sqft of meeting space. Anticipated groundbreaking 2016.
The future New Central Library is well underway with the encapsulation of the LRT tunnel completed in fall 2015. The new facility will be located in East Village at the west end of the 8 Avenue SE cul-de-sac. EV master developer, CMLC, along with the City of Calgary and Calgary Public Library selected the architectural team of Snohetta and Dialog to design the NCL's new East Village Home. The New Central Library is expected to be open for learning and discovery in 2018.
The East Village Hilton is a 303-room hotel being developed by USA-based Widewaters Group. The dual branded hotel, situated along 4th Street SE and 7th Avenue SE, combines the brands of Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Inn and Suites under one roof. The hotel vision includes pool and fitness facilities, together with meeting and convention services and two levels of underground parking. Construction is well underway and will be welcoming guests in 2016.
EV’s historic Simmons building welcomed its first tenants in June 2015. Three of Calgary’s most celebrated foodies: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters, Sidewalk Citizen Bakery and Charbar have created an innovative gathering place and neighbourhood eatery. The restoration was awarded The Mawson Urban Design Award at the 2015 Mayors Urban Design Awards for its design and integration into the overall vision of East Village.
In 2015, The National Music Centre (NMC) and Bell Canada announced a 12-year, $10 million partnership bringing NMC’s new national home in East Village one step closer to fruition. ‘Studio Bell’ home of the National Music Centre is sure to be an architectural landmark, a key EV gathering place, and one of the country's most innovative music institutions. With construction moving at a swift pace, NMC staff are busy organizing the 500+ musical artifacts in preparation for their new home. Hosting the JUNO's welcome reception in April 2016, the new facility has attracted national attention. Set to open on July 1 2016, Calgarians will have the opportunity to celebrate Canada day with Canadian Music.
St. Patrick's Island is a 31-acre oasis just a stone's throw from East Village. The unique island reopened on July 31st, 2015 and has become a destination for all Calgarians to enjoy. The island has festival and performance spaces as well as nature trails and boardwalks and is a host to year-round programming. St. Patrick's Island was awarded the Civic Design Award at the 2015 Mayor's Urban Design Awards in Calgary for its innovative design.
The George C King Bridge (formerly St. Patrick's Island Bridge) opened to pedestrians in October 2014. The graceful arches of the bridge skip across the Bow River providing a new connection from East Village, onto St. Patrick's Island and over to the north banks of the Bow River. The bridge, designed by RFR (Paris), is an iconic structure in Calgary and a critical connector for East Village residents.
RiverWalk is a pedestrian promenade that extends 2km from Centre Street Bridge SE, along the Bow River, through East Village and Fort Calgary to 9th Avenue SE. Once completed the pathway will extend 4km to Lindsay Park, linking neighbourhoods from Chinatown, East Village and Victoria Park. RiverWalk now winds past Fort Calgary and heads south along the banks of the Elbow River to Inglewood Bridge.