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Crossfield aims to double its population

A small town north of Calgary has a big dream: to double its population. Growth north of Calgary makes Crossfield a desirable option, says one developer.

Growth north of Calgary makes Crossfield a desirable option, says developer

The first phase of a new neighbourhood in the Alberta town of Crossfield, eventually meant to hold 1,000 homes, was unveiled to the public on Saturday. (CBC)

A small town north of Calgary has a big dream: to double its population.

The town of Crossfield has 3,000 residents and is preparing to welcome more with the development of a new neighbourhood called Vista Crossing.

The first phase of a new development — eventually meant to hold 1,000 homes — was unveiled to the public Saturday.

Deputy Mayor James Ginter says Crossfield council has been busy planning for a population boom.

"We've fixed up the community hall. We're expanding the fire hall right now and refurbishing the fire hall," he said. 

Crossfield is located just off Highway 2, about 50 kilometres north of Calgary.

The new Airdrie?

One developer compared it to Airdrie, a city on the same highway, but closer to Calgary, that doubled its population in 10 years and is now home to 60,000 people.

"There hasn't been a lot of development in Crossfield in a large comprehensive way," said Trevor Dickie, the vice-president of Dream Development, one of the builders in the new neighbourhood.

"Now with the new sort of employment centres you're seeing … in the north end of Calgary, CrossIron Mills, and all the development in the north end of town, there's a lot of emphasis and focus on the area surrounding Calgary. In some ways Crossfield is a bit of a suburb to Airdrie now."

Dickie says the first 150 houses will be built over the next couple of years.

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