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Cody Stuart / CREB®Now

July 21, 2021 | Barb Livingstone

New downtown community association gives voice to 8,500 residents and counting

The creation of a new downtown community association, the first from the city's core in a decade, is a sign of the growth of a healthy city as it emerges from the pandemic, says the executive director of the Federation of Calgary Communities.

Repsol Sport Centre will be expanding its aquatic offerings thanks to a $45-million commitment from the City of Calgary.
Courtesy of Repsol Sport Centre

July 19, 2021 | Josh Skapin

Repsol Sport Centre expansion to buoy inner-city swimming options

Recreational swimmers left high and dry by closures of pools around Calgary's core may find a new home at the Repsol Sport Centre.

The Macleod Trail S.E. facility will undergo a major expansion following a decision by city council in June to commit $45 million toward new leisure aquatic facilities.

Courtesy of HomeSpace

June 24, 2021 | Natalie Noble

Sierra Place office-to-affordable-housing conversion aims to set high standard for downtown revitalization projects

The conversion of Sierra Place, the downtown office tower that formerly housed Dome Petroleum, into 82 affordable housing units is set to increase vibrancy in Calgary's core.

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June 11, 2021 | Barb Livingstone

Calgary rental market struggles with high vacancy, but improvement is on the horizon

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout, a rosier economy and the opening of post-secondary institutions to in-person classes could all improve Calgary's residential rental vacancy rate by as early as this fall.

That's the prediction of industry watchers for a rental market that currently sits at a vacancy high of 6.6 per cent, although steady average monthly rents continue to be made even more attractive for renters by incentive offerings.

Cody Stuart / CREB®Now

May 06, 2021 | Cody Stuart

Calgary's new downtown plan seeks to benefit current residents, and attract new ones

You can always go downtown. At least that's what the song says.

Much has been written about the current woes of Calgary's Downtown Commercial Core. Office vacancies are approaching 30 per cent and many businesses and commuters are conspicuous in their absence from the area.

However, there are a significant number of Calgarians who have no intention of going anywhere, even after the workaday crowd goes home.

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March 05, 2021 | Andrea Cox

Historic Connaught provides inner-city lifestyle with old-world charm

Humming with an eclectic, urban vibe, Calgary's inner-city community of Connaught attracts a variety of residents, from millennials to empty nesters. The community brims with multi-family housing, tree-lined parks, community vegetable gardens, purpose-built dog playgrounds, and a variety of unique restaurant and retail offerings. As an added bonus, many of these businesses, such as Kalamata Grocery and Analog Coffee, are spearheaded by local entrepreneurs.

"There is just this huge appeal – there are the parks and the trees and you are also in the thick of it. It's a real community where there is something for everyone," said Connaught resident Patricia Insole.

FRAM + Slokker's Verve condo development is currently under construction.
Courtesy FRAM + Slokker

March 05, 2021 | Andrea Cox

Living the high life: Crescent Heights residents enjoy beautiful views and diverse amenities in the inner city

Perhaps one of Calgary's most beautiful neighbourhoods, Crescent Heights is a photographer's dream. Situated on a staggered bluff overlooking downtown to the south and the Rocky Mountains to the west, the community is peppered with two-century-old elm trees that create whimsical canopies along the streetscapes.

"We've lived in the neighbourhood for more than five years and the view just doesn't get old," said Victor Gallardo. "I'm always thinking how lucky I am to have my everyday running route include a spectacular view of downtown and the mountains."

Andrea Cox / For CREB®Now

March 04, 2021 | Andrea Cox

Beltline combines historic charm with stunning new developments

The Beltline is a community experiencing a period of major transition – from the reconstruction of 17th Avenue S.W. to the reimagining of Victoria Park.

Through it all, the beauty and vibrancy of this inner-city neighbourhood just seems to be getting stronger and stronger.

Cube, Strategic Group's office-to-residential conversion project in the Beltline, is one example of adaptive reuse in action.
Courtesy of Strategic Group

Feb. 22, 2021 | Natalie Noble

What's old is new again: adaptive reuse one solution to Calgary's downtown office vacancies

Ongoing economic challenges, shrinking population growth and a pandemic that won't go away add up to a downtown Calgary office market facing critical vacancy rates.

One solution is adaptive reuse: the conversion of vacant office space into residential projects. The University of Calgary's School of Public Policy recently published a research paper exploring the challenges and opportunities surrounding adaptive reuse and how it could make a major difference in the city's downtown core.
High Park is located on the roof of a Beltline parkade.
Courtesy of the Beltline Neighbourhoods Association

Jan. 26, 2021 | Cody Stuart

Something from nothing: Calgary's Flyover Park and High Park create value from overlooked spaces

It's not a spot where you would normally expect to find a recreational space. Yet, Flyover Park, located under the overpass that links westbound Memorial Drive to 4th Ave S.E. and the East Village, is the newest addition to Calgary's parks system.

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