Calgary

City seeks input from residents on Eau Claire developments

Calgary residents are now able to give their feedback on a number of up-and-coming projects downtown.

City planner says they want to attract people to Calgary's downtown

Ryan Mortson, project manager, urban strategy, at the City of Calgary says they're trying to coordinate multiple projects at once. (Nelly Alberola/CBC)

City residents are now able to give their feedback on a number of up-and-coming projects downtown.

The City of Calgary is hosting an open house at Eau Claire Market for Calgarians to help shape the area's future, including the design of a new promenade, plaza, a bridge replacement, street improvements, and flood mitigation projects starting in 2020.

"We're trying to coordinate all the projects together and engage on them kind of in a cohesive manner," said Ryan Mortson, project manager, urban strategy, at the City of Calgary.

"[And] trying to gather feedback on the design concepts and the different projects happening in the area."

There's provincial funding allocated for the flood mitigation part of the development, and City of Calgary funding for the public realm improvements.

People turned out Saturday to give their feedback at Eau Claire Market Mall. (Nelly Alberola/CBC)

Mortson said that shows an investment in Calgary and the vitality of downtown.

"We want to attract people to come down here and stay downtown...it's an iconic area and it's a great opportunity for that refresh," he said.

Mortson added he hopes the projects make the river and surrounding trail even more accessible to the public.

"We have this beautiful asset, which is the river. So, bringing people down to the river and having it a publicly accessible area is not uncommon, but it's very unique to Calgary."

People looking for more information about the developments can visit the city's website. The city will be accepting feedback until the end of April.

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