When is this starting?
We submitted land use re-designation and development permit applications in December 2016, and if all things go to plan, construction should start in about a year. We’ve been working with the city and community for 2 years to get to this point. We’re excited to share our progress with the area residents
How long will it take?
From first shovel in the ground to last lightbulb, about 5.5 years
Why can’t you just build a new store?
These days, in well established neighbourhoods, there’s an expectation from the City that when land is redeveloped, density and uses will be increase to include residential, office and commercial (it’s a good practice that helps the area be more sustainable and vibrant). We also know residents of Oakridge would like to see more services in their neighbourhood too, and welcome feedback on what kinds of businesses the community would use.
Will the store be smaller?
The store will be a similar size from a customer perspective, with a more modern, efficient layout (similar to Midtown store). It will have all the things you love about the current store and more (programs you see at Macleod and Shawnessy stores)
Will the store be closing?
The old store as well as the services in the mall portion will not close until the replacement store is open. The gas bar, A&W, liquor store and Boston Pizza are not changing
Will the residences be condos?
At this time, certain building portions are designated as residential. There will likely be a mix of condos and rentals, but that mix will be determined at a later date, depending on the market and interest from the community.
Who is your target residential audience?
We are designing the residential units and amenities for a few different groups – “Right sizers” who are looking for a smaller space that requires less upkeep (like yards and maintenance) but allows them to stay in the area. There has also been an interest from young professionals who may work in the south of Calgary and don’t want to be living in the downtown core but still want to be close to transit and major roadways in and out of the area..
Who is the developer?
Quarry Bay Investments. We are a Calgary based, family owned company that’s been involved in real estate for 40+ years. We are working with Co-op on this project. Our consultants are also local to Calgary.
Who is building it?
The construction company will be decided after applications are approved.
Won’t there be a lot more traffic?
A traffic study was done to look at traffic patterns and determine the impacts on area roads, transit, pedestrian pathways and bike paths. There is not expected to be a significant impact on traffic however the City will be looking at changes that can be made to lights etc. as area roadways and travel patterns are updated with planned area road expansion. The area has also seen a significant population decrease in the last 10 years so the area roads have capacity.
When will the store be ready?
The store will be ready around the 3 year mark of the project
How can I get updates on the project?
You can follow on the website or email us at any time. We will also begin sending email updates once construction commences.
Who owns the land?
Co-op currently owns the land.
What is happening with the parcel of land on the other side of Oakmoor?
We don’t know – that is independent of this project and is not Co-op owned land.