Three-tower Stephen Avenue growth undertaking scrapped over heritage integrity, structural issues

The chief director for Heritage Calgary stated there have been points with the undertaking’s potential to take care of the historical past of the buildings past their facade

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A megaproject that may reshape Stephen Avenue and seventh Avenue S.W. has been scrapped.

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Triovest withdrew its permits for a three-tower undertaking on the historic block that may have included a 66-storey apartment tower, a 54-storey rental tower and a 24-storey workplace tower. There have been additionally plans for a resort and different industrial alternatives.

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Whereas there have been quite a few complicating elements, the most important challenge was the flexibility to protect the heritage integrity of the properties whereas additionally bringing new life to the realm.

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Planning was paused in February for a provincial heritage evaluation, and on April 6 the corporate withdrew its permits after its anchor tenant pulled out.

“We’ve got solicited suggestions from the group and key stakeholders all through the method and can use this info to reshape our strategy,” Ryan Schott, vice-president of selling and communication for Triovest, stated in an emailed assertion.

An announcement from Nancy Bishay, communications director for Tradition Minister Jason Luan, stated a historic useful resource influence evaluation is necessary to make sure tasks that contain heritage buildings are performed responsibly and the developer considers the distinctive character of the realm.

The corporate shouldn’t be abandoning the undertaking, however will regroup for a future iteration of revitalizing the block.

Coun. Terry Wong (Ward 7), stated he was dissatisfied the undertaking shouldn’t be going by means of however understands there must be a steadiness to protect the heritage of the neighbourhood, which has stood for greater than a century. He stated it’s going to stay a vital a part of the revitalization of the core, particularly because it pertains to seventh Avenue, which has quite a few vacant buildings and questions of safety.

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“We wish to be certain we construct a Calgary and a downtown core that folks acknowledge each by way of the historical past but in addition its future,” he stated.

Challenge would put Nationwide Historic District designation in danger, director says

Within the quick time period, Wong stated a resort is vital to any redevelopment undertaking, with the BMO Centre growth to be accomplished in 2024 and the prevailing conference centre. “We don’t have sufficient resort area to accommodate each,” he stated.

Josh Traptow, chief govt officer for Heritage Calgary, stated there have been points with the undertaking’s potential to take care of the historical past of the buildings past their facade. Virtually all the buildings within the proposed undertaking are protected by nationwide, provincial and or municipal historic preservation orders.

Traptow stated the event should be performed so in a method that preserves the historical past of the realm. He stated a lot of the priority got here from alterations on the Stephen Avenue aspect of the undertaking that may put its Nationwide Historic District designation in danger.

“I feel it’s possible, I feel you’ll find a steadiness between heritage and growth,” he stated. “I feel it simply takes maybe extra creativity and embracing heritage as an asset.”

There have been additionally quite a few points associated to infrastructure, together with digging out the five-storey, below-grade parkade to help residents and companies within the undertaking.

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Mark Garner, govt director for the Calgary Downtown Affiliation, stated the affiliation nonetheless working with Triovest on a imaginative and prescient for the undertaking. He stated they’re rethinking its scope on the subject of top and density, and what it’d appear like sooner or later.

Numerous choices are being thought-about, together with activating the laneway and repurposing among the buildings on seventh Avenue with pop-ups and different leisure choices to attract individuals to the realm.

“They’re a significant levy payer and a very good strategic companion, and so they’ve obtained different property and different visions for issues they wish to do,” stated Garner. “I nonetheless assume it’s a excellent news story. It’s simply . . . that a part of what they wish to do is on maintain in the intervening time.”

— With recordsdata by Brodie Thomas

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