By Scott Strasser, June 14 2016 —
The West Campus Development Trust announced their building partners for University District at an event on June 14.
WCDT president and CEO James Robertson said the first phase of University District is moving forward. Brookfield Residential and Truman Homes will be supplying units for the new community.
“We are going to start putting utilities in the ground in the next couple of weeks. The sites will be ready for building in the fall,” Robertson said.
Brookfield Residential will build 131 townhouses on a five-acre section, while Truman Homes will build approximately 150 units of both townhouses and condominium-style apartments.
Jaydan Tait, Brookfield Residential’s vice-president Calgary infill communities, credited the work done so far on the project.
“We’re at the point now where the master plan is done,” Tait said. “We’ve done many months of work to get to a point where we have a program and a plan. If we can get our approvals done with our partners at the City of Calgary, we should be able to start in one year.”
The announcement took place at the University of Calgary’s lot 59, the future site of University District. The event featured live music, food trucks and mini-golf.
“We wanted to appeal to everyone, like our community does,” Robertson said. “The event is to say thanks to all the people who contributed and let them know we’re moving forward.”
University District, formerly known as West Campus, is a new residential community that will be built on the vacant land west of the U of C. The area is bound by Shaganappi Trail, 16th Avenue and 32nd Avenue.
Construction of University District is expected to last about 15 years.
“Really, it will depend on the market and how fast we go, but 15 years is the expected time,” Robertson said.