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RIOCAN and Embassy BOSA join forces in Calgary’s East Village

RioCan Investment Trust has announced a new partnership with Embassy BOSA for an additional $300 million in development and approximately 500 new condominiums in the East Village neighbourhood.

“This new investment is a powerful testament to the momentum we’ve created here in East Village,” says Michael Brown, president and CEO, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation. “We have now attracted more than $2.2 billion of investment to the neighbourhood, and over 80 per cent of our land inventory is now committed. To have two of Canada’s strongest developers teaming up in East Village is impressive. Next year, some of the residential and retail space currently in development will be complete – including two condominium towers and the retail space in the Simmons Building.”

This new investment by Embassy BOSA brings the total number of committed units in the East Village to 1,100.  In October 2010, Embassy BOSA committed to delivering approximately $325 million of mixed-use, multi-family residential development including over 600 new residential units to the neighbourhood in the first major land development deal in East Village in more than a decade.

“Calgary is on the tipping point right now, with condo living becoming a more sought after alternative to suburban life,” said Ryan Bosa, president of Embassy BOSA. “The future of Calgary is up not out, and developments like the East Village showcase how Calgary is creating vibrant, sustainable communities.”

Stuart Craig, RioCan’s vice president – Planning & Development, also confirmed the site will be home to a new Loblaws Market. “Loblaw Companies Limited is now a confirmed tenant at our new retail development at 6th Avenue and 3rd Street SE. We are currently developing plans for this new urban Loblaws store. We’re excited about this opportunity in Calgary’s downtown core and will share more information as it becomes available.”

Construction of the RioCan/Embassy BOSA project will proceed in two phases. The first, expected to take nearly three years from the start of construction, will include a ‘retail podium’ with approximately 200,000 square feet of retail space and a 40-storey residential tower. Construction of the second phase – a 23-storey residential tower – is expected to take an additional 12 months.

The sculptural concept for the towers envisions sheets, or planes of glass, layered to open up to the fantastic city and Bow River views. An abundance of angles have been introduced to maximize sunlight exposure. The glass facade extends beyond the building to create ‘free-floating’ fins and allow the planes of glass to be uninterrupted to the roof. The planes of glass on each facade soar above the main roof to lighten the form. A rotating balcony that creates a dynamic diagonal line is a signature design element.

Together, Riocan and Embassy BOSA expect to receive a development permit in late spring 2015 and begin construction next summer.

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