5 Types of Redevelopment in Calgary
Communities must be constantly reimagined and redesigned to stay vibrant.
Calgary used to be a city that grew primarily outwards. Established neighbourhoods were losing residents to new developments, decreasing vitality and sustainability in many of our older neighbourhoods. In 2004, for example, the population in Calgary’s developed areas fell by about 13,000 as their residents moved out to newer suburbs.
Since 2009, Calgary has been reversing the trend of rapid outward growth. More than 31,000 people have been added to established communities over that time, improving their vibrancy and efficiency. How?
Redevelopment is the key tool in the battle to maintain existing areas. Consistent efforts to retain or increase a community’s population translate to better local infrastructure, transit, businesses and property value. Otherwise, neighbourhoods can see these key elements of urban living decline over the lifecycle of a community.
Here are 5 ways Calgary is redeveloping to ensure the vitality of our developed areas:
- New construction on sites that had different, pre-existing uses, like Quarry Park
- Infill development on vacant parcels of land, such as West Campus Development
- Rehabilitation of previously neglected areas, including Victoria Park Business Revitalization Zone
- Residential infill development, where more homes are added to existing residential areas, like Bridgeland Redevelopment
- Adaptive re-use of existing or Heritage structures as we see in East Village’s Simmons Building
Although about half of Calgarians say they’d prefer their communities to “stay the same” when surveyed, the reality is that neighbourhoods are always engaged in a constant state of change and evolution.
Redevelopment is an inevitable part of a community’s natural lifecycle and, in fact, is critical to the long-term health and viability of any established community.