Update on the Motel Village Development

As mentioned in The Beacon last month, there is a new project underway in Motel Village at 2416 16 Ave NW (the site on which Boston Pizza and Canada's Best Value Inn presently exist) to build a mixed-use development that includes a 30-storey student high rise with 328 housing units for over 500 students. The tower will be connected to a 4-storey podium that will be used for professional and commercial uses to accommodate a medical clinic and a large restaurant. The tower is located in the northeast portion of the site. The large restaurant is located at grade within the podium and is oriented toward a plaza that runs along the east property line with the existing lane.

The estimated 2-year construction phase of this project will certainly impact those who live between 16th Ave and 14th Ave close to Crowchild Trail as the noise and dust intensifies. When completed, residents who live south of the new development will then have the sight of a 90-metre tall high rise as part of their new skyline view to the north.

This project will impact the rest of our community as well. Once it is fully occupied the higher residential and commercial population in Motel Village will mean increased traffic through our neighbourhood, in our shopping mall and to our recreational areas.

As a reminder, the new date for Council hearing for this project is July 31st where the public can attend and present to Council. 

We have just learned that there is a second parcel in Motel Village that is also being considered for densification. It lies between the MacDonald’s restaurant and Banff Trail (road). This one proposes to accommodate a mix of 2,500 sq metres of retail and 21,200 sq metres of office space, 100 hotel rooms and 230 residential units.

There is no doubt we are an inner city community and big changes are coming our way in the coming years. While it is not feasible to stop these large scale developments in and around our community, we can influence some of the ones being considered. If you are interested in learning more or want to get involved with your community, contact Jeff Marsh at: strategic.planning@hh-bh.ca.

The City of Calgary Administration Report to Calgary Planning Commission for consideration at latter body's meeting on June 15, 2017 can be viewed here.