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City of Calgary seeks feedback on new inner-city community

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WATCH: Plans to convert the former Midfield Mobile Home Park into a new inner-city community in Calgary are still in the early stages, but as Michael King reports, the city is already hearing concerns from nearby residents – Nov 5, 2019

Plans to convert Calgary’s former Midfield Mobile Home Park into a new inner-city community are still in the early stages, but already, the city is hearing concerns from nearby residents.

The project, named Winston Heights Village, aims to turn the 22-acre piece of land near 16 Avenue N.E. into a medium-density mixed-use area.

Several designs were outlined for residents at a workshop on Monday night, focusing on different layouts for streets, parks and pathways.

During the presentation, a city planner said that the plan is to fit approximately 700 residential units on the parcel, but that number could change based on the mix of single-family or multi-family units.

READ MORE: City of Calgary looks for public input on the future of former Midfield Mobile Home Park site

Carol-Ann Beswick, a senior project manager with the City of Calgary, said the proximity of the land to both the MAX Orange BRT line and the future Green Line LRT has an impact on the design.

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“When you’re building upon the BRT or LRT, you’re going to be adding medium to high density on a site like this,” said Beswick. “It’s a [Transit Oriented Development] so there will be more density and intensity at this site, and we will build upon that.”

Beswick said the city knows that it has to move forward with developing the site.

“We have an exciting, high-level vision for this site,” said Beswick. “It includes a mixture of uses: residential, commercial and potential office space. We’re looking at knitting this site back into the community.”

As for a timeline, the city said construction likely won’t start until 2023.

Concerns

During a public consultation workshop on Oct. 1, the city gathered initial feedback on the early designs.

The top concerns were an increase in density and traffic, and a lack of parking.

Marcel Proskow lives in the nearby community of Renfrew, and said the increase in medium-density housing will impact traffic flow as people drive to and from downtown.

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“It’s going to cause all kinds of issues with traffic problems,” said Proskow on Monday. “There are schools along [nearby] roads. It’s just not designed to handle the amount of people that will use this as the path of least resistance.”

The city also gathered input on what types of apartment buildings should be built.

Workshop attendees were asked to vote for or against several styles of apartments. No design received a positive result.

“I think they’re trying to put too much on that site,” said Proskow. “It’s not sensitive to the community where it’s positioned. It does not have good access on and off the site.”

Public consultation continues

The city is holding another workshop on Thursday, and an online survey runs until Friday.

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