Even before the big fire last November, plans were underway to tear down the Stadium Shopping Centre just off 16 Ave NW across the street from Foothills Hospital.
Now, the developer has finalized plans for the massive complex that will eventually take the nearly 60-year-old shopping plaza’s place on that high traffic corner. It has presented the proposal to the City of Calgary for approval.
The development permit application submitted by Marshall Tittemore Architects calls for a mixed-use multi-building area of residential and commercial space on the 800,840-square-foot area.
It’s estimated that the City of Calgary will review the application over the next six months or so, and will no doubt go over the plans with a fine tooth comb.
This complex will be an open-concept development that will include several condominium buildings. The first will be a four-storey building with 70 one and two-bedroom units with a grocery store and possible a restaurant on the ground floor. A second residential building would be 14-storeys tall with space for 189 one and two-bedroom condominiums. The main floor of this building could have a drug store and other retail stores and services.
The current proposal also provides for an eight-storey dedicated medical building with more retail on the ground floor and possibly a day care.
Another 10-storey structure would provide 216,000 square-feet of office space, again with retail space available on the ground floor. This building would also house underground parking with space for 120 bicycles.
The development calls for an 11-storey hotel on this site, with 189 rooms. With Foothills Medical Centre, McMahon Stadium, Foothills Athletic Park, Father David Bauer and Norma Bush Arenas and the University of Calgary all within walking distance, the addition of a hotel is welcome in the neighbourhood.
This ambitious plan for this high-traffic area also includes a central plaza, with green space for pedestrians, green roof top development and the potential for outdoor patios depending on whatever food establishments come on board the project.
Should the approval process flow smoothly, construction could begin at the end of 2016.
Renderings of the project were presented to community leaders at the University Heights Community Association, representing the neighbourhood in which the project will be constructed.
Discussions regarding the Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) initially proposed to the community in 2013 have been ongoing. When first presented, community stakeholders were opposed to the plan in general and presented a 16-page document outlining their concerns.
The City of Calgary conducted a traffic survey at the onset of the ARP and has made those available, as well as all other relevant documents, to the University Heights Community Association, which they in turn have made available to the public on their website.
University Heights, located between 16 Ave and 24 Ave NW, west of University Drive, is within 5 km of downtown Calgary and is ripe for redevelopment under Calgary’s Municipal Development Plan.
The community has been kept busy dealing with the Stadium Shopping Centre Development as well as the University District Development to the north of the community, a project of the West Campus Trust.