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Sept. 02, 2021 | Josh Skapin

Builders and developers have long wish list as landmark municipal election approaches

The Calgary residential construction industry's view on government policy at any level often hinges on housing affordability and choice, and these issues remain a point of emphasis for builders and developers as candidates for mayor and council hit the campaign trail.

Courtesy of Prairie Sky Cohousing
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Dec. 09, 2020 | Natalie Noble

Stronger together: the surging popularity of cohousing communities across Canada suggests isolation may define our current reality, but it won't define our future

As Calgarians continue to navigate the challenges of an intense economic downturn and a global pandemic – in addition to the standard curveballs life tends to throw one's way – many are re-evaluating their priorities in hopes of a brighter future.

As people tire of self-isolation and its negative health impacts, the idea of cohousing is becoming more attractive than ever. Imagine neighbourly, small-town friendliness meets convenient city living; the privacy and independence of single-family living, but with added space and social amenities available in the form of shared common areas; and a diverse mix of residents, from retirees to young families.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new community of Alpine Park. Stakeholders on hand for the event included Mayor Naheed Nenshi. 
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Aug. 28, 2020 | Barb Livingstone

New southwest Calgary community brings inner-city mentality to the suburbs

By early 2022, the first of Alpine Park's eventual 10,000 residents will be moving into a mixed-use community at the heart of a new type of Calgary suburb.

Mattamy’s Carrington home designs include single-family homes, urban towhomes, duplexes and other innovations like the recently released WideLot design, which allows for a wider frontage with a shorter lot depth.
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May 24, 2019 | Andrea Cox

Builder's Corner: Carrington showcases Mattamy Homes' attention to detail

Designed for those who enjoy an active lifestyle, the master-planned community of Carrington in Calgary's northwest features an abundance of green space, along with a sleek architectural presence defined by European design.

Yeatland Wong, senior engineer for intelligent transportation systems with the City of Calgary, at the traffic management centre along Spiller Road S.E. Photo by Wil Andruschak/For CREB®Now
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Dec. 16, 2016 | Joel Schlesinger

Road smarts

City delves into intelligent traffic technologies in preparation of autonomous future

There's method to the madness that is Calgary's rush-hour traffic.

And if autonomous vehicles play into mainstream society the way many are predicting, our city could be at the forefront of changing that daily commute, suggest local officials.

While drivers stuck in gridlock may feel differently, Calgary currently operates one of the most advanced traffic systems in Canada – a claim backed up earlier year in a TomTom Traffic Index survey that identified Calgary as the least congested city in Canada.

Outside of some developments in the Beltiline, cash-for-density fund established by the City is being underutilized by developers. Illustration courtesy of Qualex-Landmark.
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Nov. 12, 2016 | Marty Hope

Let's make a deal

Industry spokesperson says construction fund largely going unused

Players in one of the city's most active multi-family construction areas have made limited use of a cash-for-density fund established by the City of Calgary, says a spokesperson for the industry.

While a number of projects have been brought forward related to the Beltline Community Investment Fund (BCIF), the CHBA-UDI Calgary Region Association, the umbrella organization for the builders and developers in and around Calgary, is scratching its head about why the fund hasn't been used more.

Sarina Homes founder Naz Virani is complimentary of the City of Calgary's approach in consulting with industry and the public as it relates to infill development. Photo by Wil Andruschak/For CREB®Now
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Sept. 23, 2016 | Andrea Cox

The future of infills

City revisiting inner-city development

Almost 15 years ago, Naz Virani made the shift from chef to homebuilder and developer. Since then, he has been one of a handful of builders at the fore of Calgary's gentrification.

In the early 2000s, Virani founded Sarina Homes, and began what he describes as a journey to transform the inner-city, one infill home at a time.

"A lot has changed since we started the business," he recalled. "We started out building single-family homes, then moved into semi-detached and then fourplex designs."

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April 22, 2015 | CREBNow

Genesis goes beyond suburban vanilla

Builder focuses on the extra flavours*

When Lisa Kaiser goes to suppliers seeking quality products for Genesis homes, she doesn't want the "vanilla ice cream" flavour they are offering every other builder.

"When everyone is buying vanilla ice cream, you get a lot of vanilla ice cream," said the company's project manager interior design. "I ask them to give us the new flavours."

It is one way of explaining Genesis Builders Group's focus on ensuring its new suburban homes don't fall under the stereotype of being bland when compared to its inner-city counterparts.
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June 06, 2014 | CREBNow

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