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New LRT fill could anchor the planned development of the ‘Midtown Station’ in Calgary – Calgary

A development proposal for the Southeastview community in Fairview, Southeast Calgary is getting some attention.

This is a major overhaul of a 30 acre property currently cut off from the rest of the community by the LRT line.

Midtown Station took over what is now Fisher Park, a commercial warehouse and retail store that developed in the late 1960s.

“This will be a transformation project. This is very important in terms of total area and the extent of development, ”Steve Shawcross, director of urban planning for IBI Group’s Calgary, told consultants on the project.

“We see it as key to redesigning the area, and particularly the Macleod Trail corridor.”

The plans include 24 buildings from one floor to 42 floors. It’s a mix of high-rise apartment buildings, townhouses, retail and commercial space with a 2,400 square foot community recreation center also part of the design.

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The planned area for the Midtown Station development.

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24 buildings with 1 to 42 floors would make up the planned development of Midtown Station.

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The Midtown Station would be built in phases, which would take approximately 25 years.

The Midtown Station would be built in phases, which would take approximately 25 years.

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The Midtown Station development would include a water feature and.

The Midtown Station development would include a water feature and.

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Developers are planning plans for nearly 6,000 new residential units, 181,000 square feet of retail space and 223,000 square feet of office space as part of the new Midtown Station development.

Developers are planning plans for nearly 6,000 new residential units, 181,000 square feet of retail space and 223,000 square feet of office space as part of the new Midtown Station development.

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Some of the proposed buildings on the site could be up to 42 stories tall.

Some of the proposed buildings on the site could be up to 42 stories tall.

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One focus of the plans is the creation of a new LRT stop in Midtown Station, a gas station between the existing Chinook and Heritage stations.

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The station, which is priced at $ 50 million in itself, would be paid for by the developer. But area coun. Gian-Carlo Carra also points out the need for an additional train when the station is built. “

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“There is another $ 50 million to add another train to the line. Because if you don’t want to break your current schedule, you’ll need to add another piece of rolling stock. “

Community engagement is at an early stage. If the project is approved by the town hall, construction could start as early as 2023. Construction would be gradual and completed in about 25 years.

“I know they are doing transportation studies. You do all sorts of other studies because when you throw a large number of people into a concentrated area, of course, there are downstream effects, ”Carra said.

“The argument is if we already offer transit there, it is probably a good idea to implement a tax base in that direction, which we invested in back in the 1980s.”

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