DOWNTOWN EAST VILLAGE
The Downtown East Village is a mixed-use neighbourhood within the eastern portions of downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It is contained within the city’s Rivers District. Though officially a distinct neighbourhood, Calgary’s Chinatown is often associated with the northern portions of the Downtown East Village.
Containing some of the earliest-settled land in the Calgary area – Fort Calgary – the East Village was for years a mixture of high-rise residential, commercial, and industrial development. Construction of the city’s light rail transit line, coupled with the closure of 8th Avenue at Macleod Trail in the early 1980s by construction of the massive Calgary Municipal Building, resulted in East Village being “cut off” figuratively speaking from the rest of downtown.
Plans to reshape this neighbourhood were approved by the city council in March, 2005 (East Village Area Redevelopment Plan). In Spring 2007, Calgary City Council approved the formation of a wholly owned corporation known as the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation with the mandate to revitalize and redevelop the Rivers District, which includes the East Village. As of spring 2013, construction is under way on two luxury condominium towers, and additional commercial and residential development is planned.