St.Patrick's Bridge

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.

Bridge to the Future

Bridge to the Future

Celebrating the construction of St. Patrick's Bridge

Flag-waving school children, brilliant sunshine and a traditional Blackfoot blessing marked the official opening of St. Patrick’s Bridge this autumn. The long-awaited day was cause for big celebration, and not just because of the unseasonably fine weather. The ribbon cutting ceremony for East Village’s pedestrian and cycling bridge across the Bow River commemorated yet another milestone in a year full of milestones for Calgary’s newest, oldest, coolest, warmest neighbourhood.

Jane Walking

Jane Walking

East Village is made for walking. Jane Jacobs, one of the world’s preeminent thinkers on urban life, would love it here.

Jane’s Walks are held around the world to explore cities in honour of urbanist Jane Jacobs, the esteemed urban activist and author of The Death and Life of American Cities. When a dozen or so stalwart walkers braved a fresh blanket of heavy snow to join the East Village Jane's Walk on May 4, they discovered a downtown community steeped in history and excited for the future.

East Village Live and in 3-D!

East Village Live and in 3-D!

Get a 3-D, full-colour, full motion eyeful of what East Village will look like when it's all built. It's amazing! 

Everywhere you look in East Village, a new way of living downtown in taking shape- there are three cranes in the sky working on condominiums that will welcome new owners next year; the Simmons is being renovated for Phil & Sebastian Coffeemakers, Sidewalk Citizen Bakery and the co-founders of Charcut; St. Patrick's Island is being rejuvenated and a new bridge is growing across the Bow; and more events, activities and festivals than ever will come to RiverWalk™ this summer.  The amount and scale of change is incredible, and you can feel the energy here.

Excitement Builds for Verve

Excitement Builds for Verve

The FRAM+Slokker team has raised the curtain on an exciting new residential offering in East Village.

The team has been busy building a sample of their next generation offering, which features space planning and interiors by the sophisticated Cecconi Simone design firm. Giannone Petricone are the architects of the striking building; they’ve designed innovative residential, restaurant and corporate buildings in Canada and internationally. 

A Park for All Seasons

A Park for All Seasons

Now that the revitalization of St. Patrick’s Island has begun, it won’t be long before nature lovers, families and urban explorers alike will revel in the natural beauty of EV’s newly restored backyard.

Imagine: soon, just a skipping stone’s throw away from RiverWalk Plaza and an easy walk under the graceful arches of the soon-to-be-completed St. Patrick’s Island bridge, will be 31 rejuvenated acres with something for everyone. An actual island. Right outside your door. Not to brag or anything, but not every backyard has a fishing cove, beach, playground, wooded areas and a rise – a hill to roll down in the summer and toboggan down in the winter, of course. Not to mention some of the most unique views of downtown and Bow River that you’ll find anywhere.  

Digging the new neighbourhood

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.

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. 

SPI's String of Pearls

SPI's String of Pearls

We had a chance to sit down and dish the dirt (really, it was about dirt!) with the landscape architects who are ever-so-gently bringing St. Patrick’s Island to life

When East Village Master Developer CMLC asked Calgarians what they wished for on St. Patrick’s Island, 6,000 respondents said they liked what they perceived as the ‘wildness‘ of the space, and wanted it be an urban oasis. That appealed to Barbara Wilks and Mark Johnson of W Architecture & Civitas, the New York/Denver team that won the mandate to carry out the island's master plan over 17 other firms from across North America.

Yet when the two look out over St. Patrick’s Island, they don’t exactly see ‘wild.’ Though the island is very grown over – particularly with invasive species – they see a landscape that bears the footprints and the scars of much human intervention – and a lot of potential.

Bridge to the future

Bridge to the future

It’s unanimous! The St. Patrick’s Island Bridge received City of Calgary approval on March 31st, clearing the way for construction to begin this year.

“The bridge is a powerful design statement and a practical connector in East Village,” says Phil Wareham, senior manager of infrastructure development, CMLC. “People will immediately know they’re somewhere very special.” The span, which accommodates pedestrians and cyclists, was designed by French engineers RFR and Halsall of Calgary, a team that beat out 30 other proposals in an international competition in 2010.