CALGARY, ALTA. – Groundbreaking on the redevelopment of Calgary’s Rundle Manor took place on Sept. 22 to mark the beginning of construction of a new 135-unit mixed-income affordable housing project.
Calgary Housing Company closed the original Rundle Manor in June 2021 as it was “no longer practical to make major investments into the 40-year-old building. In its place, a new affordable housing residence is being redeveloped on the property,” a City of Calgary release stated.
“One of the most important investments we can make for Calgary’s future is in affordable housing. Rundle Manor is a critical part of our strategy to build inclusive and resilient communities by providing more readily available affordable homes. Projects such as this transcend four walls and a roof – they transform lives and give families an opportunity for growth and stability,” Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek said in a statement.
“When the decision was made to close Rundle Manor we looked forward to the day when we would gather here to celebrate the start of construction on its replacement. We cannot be more excited with how this project has progressed – there will be more homes, they will be built to current standards, they will be sustainable and meet the needs of those seeking housing support. I believe these homes will be a fantastic addition that will enhance the community,” Calgary Housing Company vice-president of asset and maintenance Bo Jiang added.
The new residence will feature a mix of one- to four-bedroom homes and will accommodate individuals ands families living on lower incomes.
The City of Calgary along with the Province of Alberta and the federal government have invested $51.4 million in decommissioning the old Rundle Manor and redevelopment of the new housing complex.