Evolution

Big, Really Big, New Year

Big, Really Big, New Year

EV master developer CMLC, kicks off 2015 with a look at the exciting year ahead!

2014 was a year chock-full of milestones for East Village. Significant projects like the St. Patrick’s Bridge, the Elbow River Traverse, the Fort Calgary Sentinels and 5th Street Square were all crossed off the to-do list. But if 2014 was a big year for East Village, 2015 is already proving to be even bigger. Way, way bigger, actually. Just how much excitement can be squeezed into one year? Quite a lot, it turns out.

Relief. Recovery. Resolve.

Relief. Recovery. Resolve.

East Village is strong.

We’re also relieved. We’re back in our offices, the lights are on, and we’re back in the business of realizing the EV vision and building the future of downtown living. New East Village infrastructure has proven remarkably resilient, and the Evolution and FIRST residential projects suffered little to no damage from the flood.    

The reason for that is because flood proofing was integrated into plans for the rejuvenation of East Village, and the flood plain has been raised up to four feet over the past several years.

The Future Is Rising

The Future Is Rising

With golden shovel in hand and a broad smile on his face, Ryan Bosa declared that September 13th was "a great day for our buyers for the rejuvenation of East Village."

With golden shovel in hand and a broad smile on his face, Ryan Bosa declared that September 13th was “a great day for our buyers and for the rejuvenation of East Village.” Then he officially broke ground on FUSE, Phase I of Embassy BOSA’s Evolution project of mixed-use condominiums. It was the first housing start in East Village in a decade. “We’re off to the races,” Bosa says.

FUSE has a 25-29 month construction timeline, which means that Embassy Bosa is targeting late 2014 to welcome the first new residents into East Village. “We’ve been working toward this day for five years,” says Mike Brown, president and CEO of Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC).

Evolution on the rise

Evolution on the rise

Groundbreaking signals buyers ready for new urban experience.

Less than six months after the launch of their initial riverfront residential project in East Village, Embassy BOSA Inc. broke ground today on their first tower – FUSE – a 21 story, 203 unit, residential tower, representing approximately 220,000 sq. ft. of development.

“We’re off to the races,” says Ryan Bosa, President, Embassy BOSA Inc. “Calgary is a great market; after our initial launch, we had sufficient buyer interest to trigger development start and since that time have been aggressively working through our permitting processes to ensure we could break ground this fall,” he added. “It’s a great day for our buyers and for the rejuvenation of East Village.”

EV: Over 50% Sold!

EV: Over 50% Sold!

Evolution and FIRST, the premier condo offerings in East Village, are already over 50% sold! That's good news for everybody.

The news that more than half the condos in Evolution and FIRST have been sold means that East Village has gained critical, unstoppable momentum. That’s exciting for purchasers; for EV’s pioneering developers FRAM+Slokker (from FIRST) and Embassy BOSA (Evolution), it’s a vindication of their early faith in the East Village vision.

Both developers have extensive, North America and international experience in designing multi-family condos and helping to bring neighbourhoods to life. And both found East Village an irresistible opportunity.

A Vintage Blast

A Vintage Blast

EV hosted a Stampede breakfast with a twist – a cinnamon twist – in celebration of the 100th birthday of the Stampede and the Simmons Building. For dessert – Vintage in the Village.

Ownership has its privileges: A VIP eggs benny breakfast on the deck of the EV Sales and Experience Centre went to buyers of FIRST and Evolution, while those in the mood to ramble tucked into EV cinnamon twists, the perfect thing for munching while strolling RiverWalk under bright western skies.

Daisy, Beakerhead's four-metre tall steam-punk solar tricycle, took advantage of the brilliant sunshine to offer rides – and a crow's eye view of the festivities – to the curious. Many were eager to climb aboard, but one senior shook his head. “I already have my own bicycle,” he chuckled. “I live at Murdoch Manor so I ride my bike here all the time.” He was thrilled with the improvements to the neighbourhood, especially RiverWalk, and looked forward to the new bridge to St. Patrick's Island. “It's going to cut off a lot of time to go to the C-train station,” he said approvingly.

Tomorrow's the Big, Big Day.

Tomorrow's the Big, Big Day.

The East Village Sales and Experience Centre opens officially tomorrow.

Frankly, we can’t wait to welcome you to 5th St. SE and Riverfront Ave and show you around. The spectacular centre, a contemporary glass and wood pillar building designed by James Cheng, is worth a visit for the architecture alone, not to mention its location adjacent to RiverWalk on the Bow. But just wait until you get inside. The centre contains everything you need to know about life in East Village – and to find a place of your own here. There are show suites for Evolution and FIRST, a big scale model of the entire East Village project to get you oriented, touch screens that help you explore nearby attractions, films about plans for EV and much more.

Sneak-a-Peek

Sneak-a-Peek

Under a blazing blue sky, in the presence of a frenzy of food trucks, bobbing orange balloons and a thumpa-thumpa D.J.

The VIP opening of the EV Sales and Experience Centre attracted nearly a thousand VIPs like you. 

Nine hundred and eighty VIPs showed up at the East Village Sales and Experience Centre on Saturday to see what the buzz that’s been building around East Village was all about. By all accounts, they weren’t disappointed. All day long, they munched EV muffins, spent time with the Ambassadors – our resident experts – and toured the sales suites for Evolution and FIRST, the premier residential condominium offerings in East Village.
 

Building Ideas

Building Ideas

East Village architects talk about Evolution and FIRST

In the past few weeks, renderings of the exteriors of EV’s first two residential offerings have been finalized by our developer partners. Evolution by Embassy BOSA Inc. and FIRST, by FRAM+Slokker, are as different as they’re striking. James Cheng designed Evolution; Roland Rom Colthoff of RAW Design was the architect of FIRST. We talked to them about their inspiration for their buildings, both of which are steps from RiverWalk on the Bow River in East Village.

The Big Day

The Big Day

We’ve been trying to entice you to register to win tix for a VIP Event at the EV Experience Centre March 10. Here’s why it’s worth it.

On March 10, 2012, a gaggle of lucky lovers of urban life will be the very first members of the public to set foot in the EV Experience Centre.

What you’ll see is the heart and soul of an ultra-modern new structure in East Village that will tell the world the story of the transformation of your new favourite neighbourhood – and also show off the first residential offerings, Evolution and FIRST, from our development parters Embassy BOSA Inc and FRAM+Slokker. We’re hearing some buzz about their show suites, and they sound way amazing, unlike anything you’ve experienced on your hunt for the perfect city digs.

Embassy BOSA Contest Winner Announced

Embassy BOSA Contest Winner Announced

Hello, my name is Evolution

Embassy BOSA Inc. was the first developer to do a land deal in East Village, scooping up a choice property near RiverWalk. Their project, some 700,000 square feet of mixed-use development, will create a whopping 600 residential units in East Village. But what to call it? Embassy BOSA turned to Calgarians for the answer, holding a naming contest for their project and offering a trip for two to New York. There were nearly 200 entries to the contest, and names ranged far and wide. Natalie Bosa, marketing manager for the company, was thrilled with the response. “The feedback we received from Calgarians of all ages was overwhelmingly positive,” she says. “It was a difficult choice." The winner? EVOLUTION, the brainchild of Lyndsey Skidmore, who lives in Calgary's Victoria Park neighborhood.