Calgary moves proposed redevelopment, new CTrain station to next phase

A big redevelopment in Calgary’s southeast is a step closer to reality after city council voted to move forward to the next step at Tuesday’s meeting.

The proposal, called Midtown, was first submitted to the city in 2019 on behalf of landowner Cantana Investments Ltd. It seeks to redevelop about 14 hectares of land south of Glenmore Trail South and east of Macleod Trail S.

City officials call Midtown “ambitious” and explain it will accommodate around 10,875 people once completed.

At full build-out, the redevelopment would create more than 7,000 homes and at least 2,800 jobs. Ten per cent of housing units built are expected be classified as affordable housing.

All of this is contingent on the creation of an infill LRT Station, which the developer has said it will fund and build.

A map outlining the location of the proposed Midtown Station. (Midtown Station)

Current plans allow for maximum building heights of 45 storeys, however, without the anchoring Midtown Station and affordable housing units, new buildings will be capped at a six storeys, according to the city.

Also proposed in the redevelopment are a central community park, new local amenities, and improved mobility networks.

Second and third reading of the rezoning for the area will have to be provided at some point for the project to go forward. Separate agreements for the infill CTrain station will need to be made between the city and the company.

The city says no development permits have been submitted so far.

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