ABOUT THE PROJECT

Integrated Civic Facility Planning

In 2015, Council directed Administration to shift away from planning and delivering single-use facilities, adopting a strategy to build multi-service and mixed use facilities to utilize City-owned land more efficiently, allow multiple providers to provide community services from one location and better serve benefiting communities. As a result, the Integrated Civic Facility Planning (ICFP) Program was created. Previously, City facilities were often planned independently according to their specific needs and service lines. By shifting to an integrated facility planning approach through the ICFP Program, The City of Calgary has been able to increase efficiencies, investment and partnerships, and better collaborate with community partners to build facilities that are truly reflective of thriving and evolving neighbourhoods.

Council Direction & Project Delivery

The Calgary Fire Department (CFD) received Council-approved funding and direction in the 2019-2022 budget cycle for the construction and operationof a new Fire Station on project site, leading to a public selection process for a delivery partner through the ICFP Program. In July 2020, in accordance with Council direction, The City of Calgary initiated a public competition through a Request for Proposals (RFP), inviting proponents to submit proposals to purchase the four contiguous parcels of City-owned land that make up the project site and lead the financing, planning, design, and development of the new Inglewood Fire Station (IMUF).

Project Site

The project site is located at the corner of 12 ST and 11 AV SE, in the inner city community of Inglewood, just two blocks south of the 9 AV SE Main Street and one block north of the future Ramsay-Inglewood Green Line LRT Station.

The project site has been an integral part of CFD’s long-term planning for growth and change for over 30 years. The original western portion of the site was purchased by The City of Calgary in 1986, recently supplemented by an additional land purchase in 2010 for the delivery of a new priority Fire Station

Following the closure of the RFP submission period, a City review and evaluation of proposals based on established selection criteria, RNDSQR emerged as the highest rated proponent. RNDSQR has considerable experience in delivering inner-city developments ranging from affordable and family-oriented rowhomes that meet the growing demand for walkable urban living; to mid-rise, mixed-use developments that offer a range of housing and employment options.

The City and RNDSQR are working with a multidisciplinary team of local planning, design, and engineering professionals. Core team members include CivicWorks, a planning and urban design firm specializing in inner-city redevelopment; and S2 Architecture, an architectural firm with a track record of designing mixed-use developments in Calgary and over 20 Fire Station and emergency service projects throughout Alberta and British Columbia.


The ownership-partnership group involved in the IMUF project consists of:

1. Calgary Fire Department (CFD)

2. RNDSQR

The City’s key project goals for the IMUF project are:

1. Realize a new modern 2-bay Fire Station that will be funded, owned and operated by The City (CFD), as part of a medium to high density mixed-use transit oriented development.

2. Deliver an appropriate mix of housing, commercial / retail or other private use(s) to be financed, designed, constructed, owned and operated by a private entity (RNDSQR).

Why do we need a new fire station? Why can’t we just fix the current fire station?

A replacement station is needed for the existing Fire Station 1 found in the downtown core. The timing is critical to replace the station and to address the increase in response times due to the closure of the 8 ST rail crossing closure.

Demolishing and rebuilding Station 1 is not a feasible option from a cost or service-level perspective. The building has a +15 connection and a public park on the roof and an adjacent hotel parkade entry at the rear, as well as the following considerations:

• Key struggles with this facility are insufficient bay height (which is restricted by covenants), inadequate parking space for staff (currently provided by the fourth bay), and unsuitable building layout.

• Originally built in 1973, the building is due for lifecycle replacement.

• While it is in a good location for response, it is in the downtown core where fire risk is lower because commercial buildings have fire plans, sprinklers, and maintenance systems in place.

• Moving the resources to Bridgeland and Inglewood will expand coverage within the seven-minute response timeframe.

Why does a new fire station need to be a multi-use facility? Can’t it just be a fire station?

The City has moved to a coordinated approach of planning and delivering civic facilities that optimizes the use of City-owned land and better serves the community.

Council has directed that in constructing civic facilities, Administration consider the possibility of multi-use construction, in addition to opportunities for partnership with the private sector, to maximize the utility of City lands where appropriate. The Inglewood location, being close to the future Green Line station, is an appropriate location for both intensification of use beyond a single use fire station in addition to development partnership.

How was this site chosen?

The original site was purchased by The City of Calgary in 1986 and supplemented by an additional purchase in 2010 for the purposes of an emergency response station. Calgary Fire Department (CFD) obtained Council-approved funding from the 2019-2022 budget cycle to construct and operate on the site.

• In 2015, Council directed Administration to build multi-service facilities to use City-owned land more efficiently and better serve the community. As a result, the Integrated Civic Facility Planning (ICFP) Program was created.

• In 2016, the CFD worked with an external consultant to create a long-term plan to guide the future growth and development of response stations in Calgary’s downtown. The number one recommendation was to build two smaller, two-bay stations, one in the Bridgeland zone and one in the Inglewood zone to replace existing Station #1. This decentralized approach provides excellent coverage and works well with the CFD’s current operational model with sites secured within the downtown core with suitable response times.

What is being developed on the site?

The final mix of uses is to be determined, conceptual plans to date have included retail spaces and residential uses in addition to the fire station – these combined uses are what gives the development its mixed-use character. The uses will be combined and designed to ensure that users of the site can co-exist and meet their respective needs.

What will be the impact of this proposed development on parking in the community?

A traffic study will be completed; however, designs will include parking on site and is subject to standard review by the Approving Authority regarding parking provision of developments in Calgary.

What will happen to the temporary park space? Why is the space considered temporary?

The original site was purchased in 1986 and added to in 2010 for its long planned intended use as a fire emergency response location. Rather than leave the space underutilized, The City deemed the interim temporary uses of parking lot and park space as a better temporary use of the land until such time the land was needed for the long-planned fire station.

As per the License of Occupation agreement between The City and the BIA, the space was intended and conceived as a temporary use, and no continuation of that use or replacement was agreed to in the License.

PROJECT PRINCIPLES

Optimize

Optimize Strategic Growth & Investment

Support compact strategic growth,economic resiliency, and multi-modal connectivity by locating new residential and commercial intensity in proximity to projects, like the MAX Purple BRT and future Green Line LRT.


Integrate

Integrate Diverse Public & Private Uses

Deliver a fully integrated building program that considers the functional needs and preferences of future building users, residents and visitors while supporting the goals of the Integrated Civic Facility Planning (ICFP) Program.

Enhance

Enhance The Public Realm

Introduce a high quality public realm and people-friendly destination through thoughtful building interface design that complements the 9 Avenue Streetscape Master Plan and planned Ramsay-Inglewood Station Area Improvements.

Lead

Lead With Great Architecture

Design a visually and physically attractive building that uses building form, materials, texture, and colour to create positive complementary impacts on the treetscape and public realm.

Introduce

Introduce Diverse New Housing Options

Create new, diverse and communityfocused housing options for Calgarians of all ages, wages and stages; including those who opt for vehicle-free lifestyles in transit-supportive and amenity-rich communities like Inglewood and Ramsay.

Connect

Connect Calgarians To Local Amenities

Strengthen the connection between people and where they live by introducing new neighbourhood-focused retail and amenities that promote walkability and local connectivity.

NEXT STEPS

There will be multiple opportunities for stakeholders to learn about and provide input on the project. The project team is currently exploring development concepts to support: a high-quality, mixed-use outcome with a focus on realizing a fire station that meets the goals and objectives of The City; new housing options that take advantage of the transit-oriented location of development; and ground-level retail options to activate the 11 AV SE and 12 ST SE streetscape and contribute to the overall vitality of the community.

As part of the upcoming concurrent Land Use Redesignation and Development Permit application process, the project team is committed to delivering a best-practice stakeholder outreach process to ensure all stakeholders have easy access to detailed project information and are able to share their feedback directly with the project team.