CMLC invites public input on St. Patrick's Island pedestrian bridge design

Website showcases 33 designs for consideration

CALGARY, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) is asking Calgarians to weigh in on the design of the new St. Patrick's Island pedestrian bridge. The new bridge will link St. Patrick's Island with the East Village to the south and Bridgeland to the north. In an effort to encourage open and public dialogue on the bridge design selection, CMLC posted all 33 design concepts on its website this week. Calgarians are encouraged to post their comments directly on the CMLC website at www.calgarymlc.ca, beginning on Saturday, September 26.

In addition, the public will be invited to a series of open houses to be held on October 14, 16, 21 and 23 to view the complete submission documents. The open houses will be held at the Simmons Building (610 Fifth Avenue S.E. in Calgary) from 12 - 5 p.m.

"We are thrilled with the interest and level of imagination this project has generated from the public," said Chris Ollenberger, CMLC President and CEO. "This bridge is a critical part of our vision for the future East Village. We envision a community where people from all over the city will be able to connect and this bridge creates a vital link to St. Patrick's Island, as well as the Bridgeland community. We are looking forward to hearing what the public has to say about the designs up for consideration."

The construction of the St. Patrick's bridge marks a critical next stage for the East Village development. The design competition sparked an overwhelming international response as 33 firms submitted design ideas in hopes of being chosen as a key partner in the rejuvenation project. Over half of the entries involved Calgary firms, with the remainder flooding in from Canada, USA, Europe and Australia.

The new bridge will replace an existing one near the west end of St. Patrick's Island. There is currently no bridge connecting the island to the north bank of the Bow River. Not only will the construction of the St. Patrick's bridge enable full connectivity among neighbourhoods surrounding East Village, but development on St. Patrick's Island will be advanced to include public amenities like beach fronts, an amphitheatre and pathways. Construction of the new bridge is slated to occur in 2010/2011.

To assist with design selection, CMLC has organized a ten member Advisory Committee, consisting of members of the community and design professionals. The committee will offer a broad perspective of opinions as the members represent East Village resident committees, business leaders, architects, engineers and construction managers.

"I am personally very excited about the broad range of experience we have assembled at the table," said Ollenberger. "I know that our Board of Directors will appreciate public input when it comes time to approve the shortlist and ultimately, make the final design selection."

Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) is the developer responsible for managing the rejuvenation and development of a vibrant, mixed-use, inner city community in Calgary's East Village. Incorporated in 2007, CMLC operates as an independent developer and over the next 10 - 15 years will bring new energy to Calgary's oldest neighbourhood and redefine the city's core. For more information on CMLC, visit www.calgarymlc.ca.

SOURCE CALGARY MUNICIPAL LAND CORPORATION (CMLC)

For further information: For further information: Susan Veres, CMLC, Phone: (403) 718-0300, Email: sveres@calgarymlc.ca

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