CALGARY, ALTA. — Crews have broken ground on Alpine Park, a $2.5-billion community for more than 10,000 people in Calgary.
Dream Unlimited, the project’s developer, explained that after more than two decades of planning, the project has moved forward after government officials recently inked the final construction contract for completion of the last leg of Calgary’s Ring Road.
Dream Unlimited officials explained the Southwest Calgary Ring Road is the pivotal access needed for the project, as it borders approximately two kilometres of Dream’s frontage lands that will define the city’s new west.
The 646-acre site is a next-generation greenfield development that Dream said will be on the forefront of the “new urbanism” movement in Calgary. It is expected to create 1,700 direct and indirect jobs per year, for a total of more than 20,000 new jobs over the 15-year lifespan of the project. Upon completion, the community will house more than 10,000 residents and is projected to create 4,000 ongoing jobs throughout the commercial, retail, industrial and institutional areas integrated within the neighbourhood.
“We started assembling this development in 1997 and today, 23 years later, we are proud to commence development of this exceptional project,” said Michael Cooper, chief responsible officer of Dream Unlimited, in a statement. “Alpine Park is among some of our most prestigious mixed-use communities, along with The Distillery District and Canary District in Toronto and Zibi in Ottawa. We strive to build communities that help make peoples’ lives better.”
The developer noted that the neighbourhood will differ from Calgary’s traditional suburbs, which have historically been known for their car-dominant designs rather than being built for pedestrians. Nearly all future residents within the first 476-acre community will live within an eight-minute walk to Village Centre. Garages have all been designed to be accessed from the side or back alleys to emphasis connections from front porches.
“With the upcoming opening of the Calgary Ring Road, Alpine Park is well located and easily accessible to the whole city,” said Tara Steell, general manager of Dream’s Calgary Land division. “We have spent many years designing the best community we can, and Dream is thrilled to continue its long history of investing and building in Calgary.”
The plan for Alpine Park was shaped with input from Peter Calthorpe’s HDR/Calthorpe, a major figure in the urbanism movement. His work includes major projects in the United States and abroad, but Alpine Park will be the first master planned community he’s been involved with in Canada to break ground. Civitas is another partner, which is known to Calgarians for its work on St. Patrick’s Island.
Dream also announced Alpine Park’s founding builder partner group: Calbridge Homes, Cardel Homes, Genesis Builders, and Homes by Dream.