ABOUT THE PROJECT
The City’s transit-oriented development program is intended to support a high quality of life across Calgary by creating vibrant, active and interesting neighbourhood centres where people and businesses thrive. New development will provide the opportunity for more people to live, work and shop within walking distance of public transit. And that means more citizens and visitors will have an easy, accessible and economical way of living and travelling in our city.
The communities of Ramsay and Inglewood in southeast Calgary will soon undergo significant transformation with a new light rail transit station and several nearby developments proposed. To support this change, The City’s Transit-Oriented Development Program is leading a cross-corporate project to re-envision, re-design and ultimately deliver components of the public realm including streetscapes, parks and pathways.
SCOPE OF WORK
See map below.
The Ramsay-Inglewood Station Area Improvements project will focus on public realm improvements to the following areas:
- 11/12 Street SE from the Zoo Bridge to 26 Avenue SE
- 11 Avenue SE /11 Street SE from 8 Avenue SE to 12 Street SE
- Jeffries Park
- Greenway link from Ramsay-Inglewood Station, through Jeffries Park to the Elbow River
- Area south of future LRT station, opportunity beneath portions of elevated LRT
Past Engagement in the area
This project has been guided by previous engagement that took place in the communities of Ramsay and Inglewood from 2015 through 2021. Engagement events include:
- Green Line Southeast Public Engagement Workshops - Jun 2015
- TOD Workshops - Jun 2015
- Inglewood & Ramsay Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) - Apr 2016
- Historic East Calgary Communities Local Area Plan (LAP) - Jun - Aug 2020
Social and Healthy Lifestyles
Mobility and Community Function
Character and Identity
Positively impact the social and physical well-being of residents by providing safe and comfortable spaces where people can socialize and be active
Improve connections around Ramsay-Inglewood Station so those who walk, wheel, take transit and drive can easily access local and city-wide destinations
Establish a sense of place that offers memorable experiences for residents and visitors
Boost economic vitality by attracting more people to local businesses, supporting redevelopment opportunities promoting investment
Please refer to the project map.
We have developed a very rough, early estimate of $24M for all components of this project, based on other, similar work. One of the reasons for conducting this work is to refine and clarify the expected costs of each project component.
Based on previous engagement with community and opportunities that have arisen over time (like the fire hall and certain private development proposals)
Construction of the project components will require funding approval from City Council. If we receive that approval, construction could start as early as 2023 on some project components. Other project components won’t be able to start until construction of the Green Line commences, expected in the 2026-2027 timeline.
The first opportunity for input is to help us validate the information we have gathered from previous engagement that has taken place since 2015. Once validated, our design team will generate concepts that we will share with the public for further review and evaluation, sometime in the fall 2021.
What previous engagement has taken place in the area, and how is it being integrated into this project?
See the info above.
The conceptual designs we prepare this year will form an important part of the business case we will use to ask Council for capital funding to begin building these community improvements in the next budget cycle (2023-2026). Preparing designs for these improvements will also help make them ‘shovel ready’ and therefore eligible for funding programs from other levels of government that may arise.
No, there will not be a City-led land use amendment process as part of this project. While other TOD projects may require a City-led land use amendment prior to investment in community improvements, there is sufficient City and private development proposals near the future Ramsay-Inglewood Station to justify these investments.
While we think that these community improvements are justified based on other City investments (the new fire hall, for example) and private development proposals, the timing to construct some of these community improvements, like the greenway / pathway will depend on the final design and construction timing of the Green Line.
What We Heard - phase two - click here.
Phase Two Reveal and Evaluate - content
The primary objectives for phase two of engagement are to:
- Obtain feedback on the public realm community improvements being considered (intersection improvements, greenway public space enhancements, and streetscape improvements)
- Identify which public realm improvements are most preferred by the public (and which are not)
There are three different types of projects:
- Greenway Public Space Enhancements: The City proposes to redesign the greenway public space corridor adjacent to the future Green Line LRT. This greenway will provide an important link between the future Ramsay/Inglewood Station and the Elbow River pathway system.
- Streetscape Improvements: Proposed improvements to the roadway and public realm of the 11/12 Street SE corridor from the Zoo Bridge to 26 Avenue SE, and to 11 Avenue SE /11 Street SE from 8 Avenue SE to 12 Street SE. This includes improvements to pedestrian movement and connectivity, as well as the safe integration of multiple modes of transportation.
- Intersection Improvements: Several intersections on the 11/12 Street SE corridor have been identified for improvements to turning movements and signal timing in conjunction with the proposed streetscape improvements.
Your feedback from this phase of engagement, along with technical analysis, will help inform the final design recommendations for public realm improvements to the area.
Each type of public realm improvement is highlighted in the map below. Please click on the icons to learn more about the improvements.
To provide your input about greenway public space enhancements and streetscape improvements please click on the green and pink icons. The yellow icons are to provide you with information on intersection improvements and the technical requirements that will dictate design.
Click on the green and pink icons to provide your input about greenway public space enhancements and streetscape improvements.
PAST ENGAGEMENT content - Phase One
PROVIDE YOUR INPUT
Please view the timeline on the right hand side of this page or refer to the Phase Two WWH (What We Heard) report for the next steps and projected project target dates.