U of C West Campus development plan shown at open houses

The city is holding a series of open houses this week about the proposed West Campus development adjacent to the University of Calgary.

University set up real estate trust company to oversee transformation of 83 hectares next to Shaganappi Trail

The city is holding a series of open houses this week about the proposed West Campus development at the University of Calgary.

The project calls for 6,000 new condo units along with office space, retail services and parks on 83 hectares of greenspace east of Shaganappi Trail and south of 24th Avenue N.W.

Peter Khu, president of the University Heights Community Association, says nearby residents are worried about the impact such a major project will have on the community.

"I think our biggest fear is that too much will be built too fast, without the city providing adequate transit to make it all work,” he said.

Transportation implications are being carefully considered, said James Robertson, president of the West Campus Development Trust.

“No one can deny that there's a traffic impact by a development of this size. And we're not denying this. What we have done is taken a transportation demand management plan,” he said.

Transformation could take 20 years

The trust was created by the U of C, which owns the land, to oversee its development on a public-private basis.

“West Campus has a unique opportunity to leverage knowledge and entrepreneurship to create a community that is future-focused and becomes a global magnet for faculty, students and staff,” the trust said on its website.

All net income from the development will go directly towards future university initiatives, the trust said.

The plan must still be approved by city council. The trust anticipates construction to get underway next summer with the first residences completed by 2018.

The full transformation of the West Campus is expected to take up to 20 years.  

The Foothills Mennonite Church at 2115 Urbana Road N.W. is hosting an open house on Wednesday night 5-8 p.m.

Another open house is being held at the university’s Energy Environment Experiential Learning (EEEL) building lobby at 750 Campus Drive N.W on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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