The City of Calgary Facility Management team is leading a feasibility and master planning process on the Thornhill Multi-Service site. This will help us understand what opportunities are possible for the current civic facilities on-site in order to meet the growing service needs. This process will also inform whether other civic services could be added.
Ward 4 has many older communities, and given the lack of space to build new larger facilities, the City is looking at existing facilities for renovations and expansion. Thornhill is one of them. I of course support these initiatives, as our communities are are seeing changes such as new infill’s, the new Green Line, TOD hubs, and larger projects that seek higher density. In order to meet the challenges of such growth, and the demands of new residents for facilities, the City is looking at renewal of inner City recreational/community facilities.
The City is currently undergoing a feasibility study of the site – this involves evaluating the site to determine if other civic services could be added and what development opportunities are possible. Our aim is to have this completed by the end of 2017 and starting 2018 we will commence a master plan of the preferred concept from the feasibility study.
The City is also leveraging public input received during Green Line’s 64 Ave N Charrette in April 2016 to guide the feasibility study. We plan to come back to the community in 2018 to ask for input on specific details of the proposed Master Plan.
For those that have questions, I have listed some of the common ones below. This is still early days, and more information will become available.
q) Why redevelop this site now? Is this a Green Line Project?
a) There are growing service needs in the area that cannot be met in the site’s current form. For example, both the Judith Umbach Library and Thornhill Aquatic and Fitness Centre are over 45 years old, approaching end-of-life, and in their current state are unable to accommodate new programming requirements and satisfy the projected population growth in the area. The future 64 Avenue Green Line station provides added opportunity to elevate the civic centre to a vibrant, mixed-use community hub and help implement the vision of the upcoming Green Line TOD.
q) What are the timelines? Next steps?
a) We aim to complete a feasibility study by end of 2017 – this involves evaluating the site to determine if other civic services could be added and what development opportunities are possible. We will be coming back to the community in 2018 to ask for input on specific details once we have made more progress on the development plan.
q) How is the public being informed and involved?
a) We are leveraging public input received during Green Line’s 64 Ave N Charrette in April 2016 to guide the feasibility study. We will be coming back to the community in 2018 to ask for input on specific details once we have made more progress on the development plan.
q) Will the redevelopment be complete in time for the opening of the Green Line? When is that?
a)The Green Line construction schedule has not yet been determined and is dependent on available funding. The Thornhill Civic Centre Redevelopment is also currently unfunded.