Condo Developments in Pre-Construction

Below is a look at some of the condominiums currently in planning, pre-construction phase or that have just broken ground. This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the projects currently on the go in Calgary.

Edit:  Please note that list is no longer being updated.

For Gateway-Midtown/Encore updates, please click here
For East Village construction updates, please click here

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avenueCondo: Avenue
Address: 5th Avenue and 10th Street S.W
Size: 24 storey, 18 storey twin towers, 319 units
Developer: Grosvenor & Cressey Development Group

The developers are hoping to start construction either late this year or in early 2014 with possible first occupancy in 2016.

It is designed by architect James Cheng.

Read article in Calgary Herald, March 19 2013: click here


VEN
Condo: VEN
Address: Kensington
Size: 4 floors, 115 units
Developer: Bucci Developments

There will be 115 units in Ven, including offerings of one-bedroom units, along with one-bedroom-plus-den, two-bedroom and two-bedroom-plus-den units. They will range from 645 to 1,350 square feet.

General prices start at $279,000, but further details are being worked out as construction costs come in.

Construction on Ven will likely commence in late spring 2013, with a completion date of February 2015.

The 4,000-square-foot presentation centre is readying to open at 2nd Avenue and 10th Street N.W. above the Broken Plate restaurant. Sales will launch at the end of February 2013, although registration is currently being taken online with price incentives for the VIP release.

Read article in Calgary Herald: click here

Condo: MARK on 10th
Address:
 10th Ave & 8th St SW
Size: 35 stories, 270 Units
Developer: Qualex-Landmark

The first stage of the construction process is underway as demolition crews start to dismantle the existing building, formerly West Canadian Graphics

Scheduled for completion in late 2015.

The developer has already 3 other projects in Calgary:  Stella, Nova and Luna.  Calla is currently in preconstruction

Designed by Rafii Architect in partnership with BKDI Architects Inc. and Durante-Kreuk Landscape Architects. Interiors are created by interior designers at Trepp Design Inc.

Calgary Sun article dated December 28, 2012

Inspired by the energy and vibrancy found in Calgary’s core, Qualex has started construction on a new condo development in the Beltline: MARK on 10th.

The 35-storey tower includes a three-storey podium with street-level retail and offices on the second level and will contain approximately 270 homes.

“The objective is a mixed-use residential tower different from anything done before in Calgary, with a fresh, vibrant look that does not compromise comfort, luxury or security,” says project lead architect Foad Rafii.

“MARK on 10th has a wide range of layouts, with nine floorplans ranging in size from 452 to 980 square feet,” says Parham Mahboubi, vice-president of marketing and new developments with Qualex-Landmark.

“This will include one-and two-bedrooms homes, some with an included den, sunroom or flex space.”

The lobby entry to the building will be as dramatic as the building architecture, with a three-storey atrium featuring the artwork of internationally-renowned Canadian artist and designer Douglas Coupland. It will be Alberta’s first large-scale Coupland art commission.

Read entire Sun article here

From the Calgary Herald:

Plans for MARK include building a rooftop amenity with private members club, fitness studio and glass mezzanine lounge with 360-degree panoramic views of downtown and the surrounding mountains. Outside, there will also be an elevated hot tub, sunbathing patio with seating, lounge area with outdoor barbecue and raised fire pit.

The rooftop’s fully-equipped fitness studio will include a Yoga/Pilates studio, infrared sauna and steam rooms, private changing rooms, lockers and shower facilities.

The garden will be one of the largest residential highrise common gardens in the city. It will include open lawn areas for passive recreation, overhead shade trees and a fully accessible pedestrian pathway network with lounge seating.

Read article here

Condo: 6th and Tenth
Address:
 6th Street and 10th Ave SW
Size: 31 stories, 230 Units
Developer: Lamb Developments

6th & Tenth will bring a  31 storey point tower to Calgary’s Beltline district, just south of the city centre. Offering over 200 units, this will be Lamb Development Corporations first project in Alberta.

Investment: Fortress Real Capital

Calgary Herald, November 11, 2011: Toronto Tower Builder Eyes 3 Calgary Projects

March 2012, new renderings of 6th and 10th: click here (opens in new window)

April 2012:  Tower seen as step to world-class city

6th and Tenth will feature a cosmopolitan five-star restaurant on the podium level, as well as a second-level owners’ club with fitness area and outdoor pool area reminiscent of a rooftop pool in a luxury boutique Miami hotel. The building will offer 12-hour concierge services during the day and 12-hour security services at night.

Sales are to launch in early May 2012, with homes starting in the low $200,000s (not including GST).

Update April 28, 2012:  sales event launching on Saturday May 5, 2012 at noon.

Updated August 31, 2012: GRAND OPENING SATURDAY SEPT. 8TH. DOORS OPEN 12 NOON SHARP!



Condo: Cristal Tower
Address:
 11th Avenue and 12th St SW
Size: 31 stories, 214 Units
Developer: Homburg-Centron

The European design by Poon McKenzie Architects will dramatically alter the streetscape showing a circular public plaza on the corner leading to a large private, 24-hour secured and concierge-manned lobby.

The main tower of 214 large high-end units has a sleek, curved exterior facing southwest. A podium with 27 smaller residential units plus a private fitness facility sits above five levels of underground parking that provides one stall per unit and two for each of the six penthouses. About 7,000 square feet of retail space is expected to attract a quality restaurant and a coffee/juice bar along the avenue. (Read more…)

This project has had development approval by the City of Calgary and most of the initial planning and engineering has been completed. (Source)


Condo: Evolution
Address:
East Village
Size: 3-tower project, approx 600 units
Developer: Embassy Bossa

Embassy Bosa was the first developer to do a land deal in Calgary’s rejuvenated East Village project, scooping up a choice property on and near RiverWalk. Their project, some 700,000 square feet of mixed-use development, will create a whopping 600 residential units in East Village. Evolution will be the ‘umbrella name’ for the three-tower project. Three other names will be selected for the individual towers. (Source)

Sales commencing early 2012.


Condo: Alura
Address:
The sales centre is on 14th Avenue, just east of 1st Street S.E. and directly across from the Sasso Tower.
Size: 29 Stories
Developer: Cove Properties

Calgary Herald, October 1, 2011: The Edmonton-based developer has helped shaped much of the skyline of Calgary’s Beltline area through its four highrise condo projects, which are along 1st Street S.E. from 13th to 15th Avenues.Three of the buildings — Sasso, Vetro and Nuera — have been completed. And on Saturday, Oct. 1, the fourth and final highrise tower and the sister tower to Nuera is being launched. Cove Properties Ltd. is anticipating occupancy in early 2014.


Condo: Pixel
Address: 1037 2 Ave NW
Size: 8-storey, 101 unit
Developer: Battistella

It’s an 8-storey 101 unit condo to be built on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 9A Street N.W (1037 2 Avenue NW) directly west of the LRT tracks with the Hillhurst/Sunnyside LRT station approximately 300 m to the north.

Some residents were/are opposed to the development. Battistella had a pre-application public review in September 2010 and a post-application permit meeting in December with the residents of Sunnyside.

After public review meeting on March 14 2011, the Hillhurst‐Sunnyside Community Association Community Planning Committee stated that “As currently proposed, we cannot offer our support of this development permit application.”

However, the City’s Corporate Planning Application Group recommendation was “approval” which was what mattered.

On July 7, 2011 the Calgary Planning Commission APPROVED the proposed New: Multi-Residential Development 8-0.

Sales center opened Oct 8, 2011.

Condo name: The Block
Address: by 17th Ave SW, 9A St
Size: 61 units
Developer: Urban Avi

The Block will be a courtyard development consisting of 41 one-bedroom and nine two-bedroom flats. It will also have 11 townhomes, with all the units facing into a central courtyard. Construction scheduled to begin early 2012, first occupancies could start in early 2013.

Update: January 23, 2012 – Calgary Herald
“Chip off The Block for 17th Ave Living”

Construction of 1:150 scale model here

Condo: London at Heritage Station (Tower III, IV)
Address:  8880 Horton Rd SW
Size:
Developer: Westcorp Properties

The first two towers were completed amid the economic downturn. As things recover, Westcorp is now mulling when to proceed with the third and fourth towers, and when to complete the project’s parkade and retail plaza.

February 7, 2012: Calgary Herald.  A little information on the first 2 towers:   Condo project owner Heritage Station fined $58,592 fine for breaking fire-safety rules read article


Condo: The Guardian (formerly Arriva 2)
Size: 2 42-storey stower, 640 units total
Developer: Hon Towers Ltd.

The proposed four-tower arriVa project by Torode Residential Ltd had just one tower built. Since then, Hon Towers Ltd. purchased the site out of receivership and has taken over with a new vision for the area. (Hon family also owns Jager Homes)

The project is waiting for final development permit approval from the city. If approvals for development are reached soon, construction is anticipated to begin in 2012.

While no definite completion date has been set, Hon says the company has a time advantage because excavation for the towers has already been done and four levels of underground parking have been constructed.

“Forty-two-storey towers would normally take three years to build, but we should be able to complete ours in under 24 months,” he says.

Update: February 3, 2012, Calgary Herald

A sales centre for The Guardian, the tallest residential tower in Alberta, will be launched in March to take advantage of a resurgence of interest in the inner-city condo market in Calgary.

Nicholas Hon, of Hon Towers Ltd., which wants to build two 42-storey towers in the old Victoria Park neighbourhood near the Calgary Stampede, said the first phase would consist of 321 units and the project will total 640 units.

Prices will range from $150,000 to $1.5 million

“We’re launching our sales centre in March. We’re hoping to break (ground) this summer and the construction schedule is 24 months. So we’re slated for completion mid-2014,” said Hon, of the site on land bounded by 11th and 12th Avenues S.E., Third Street and Olympic Way.

The Early Release Presentation Centre opens March 3 in a retail location on 11th Avenue in the base of the Arriva Tower. The full Sales Centre will open at the end of March in the old school location on the 12th Avenue side.

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Calgary+sales+centre+launched+Guardian+condo+tower/6096828/story.html#ixzz1lL4ajrg3

Update: March 4, 2012

80% of units in first tower sold in one weekend read more

Name: St John’s Tenth Street
Address: 409 10th Street NW
Size: 8 floor, 95 unit
Developer: Streetside (Qualico Group)

St John’s Tenth Street is bringing 95 one and two-bedroom homes to Kensington, starting in the mid-$200,000s and with 39 floor plans. A building permit was applied for in July 2011 valued at $26 million.

Condo:  Drake
Address: corner of 15th Ave & 7 St. SW
Size: 17-storey, 135 units
Developer: Grosvenor 

In July 2011, Drake achieved their 50% pre-construction sales target which meant the demolition of the existing buildings on site could start.  Plans call for construction of Drake to begin this month, with completion expected in summer 2013. Grosvenor received a $24-million building permit from the City of Calgary in June.

Condo: University City
Address:  Brentwood Rd 
Size: 5 buildings in total; 18 stories each in Phases 1 and 2. Approximately 12-14 stories in phases 3 & 4: and, 4 stories in Phase 5.  Total of 600-700 residences.
Developer: Metropia, Knightsbridge Homes Ltd., and RioCan.

Long line-ups marked the launch of University City’s pre-sales at the end of October 2010.   Within days, the first couple phases of the project were virtually sold out.  Demolition was expected to start over the 2011 summer with a ground breaking ceremony sometime in September.  However some Brentwood-area residents have launched an appeal against its development permit, effectively freezing any progress on the site.    The residents will meet with the city’s subdivision and development appeal board on September 6, 2011.

Update-September 6, 2011: Brentwood Condos go to appeal
Update-September 7, 2011: Appeal continues, project delayed for at least another week

Update-Septebmer 14, 2011: Brentwood condos get green light

A city board has given the Brentwood mall’s owner the green light to construct two condo highrises, despite some residents’ concerns it would cause traffic, parking and societal nightmares for the community.

The subdivision and development appeal board ordered the developer to follow some minor new conditions – mainly for visitor parking – but rejected the more dire demands by the group Brentwood Concerned Citizens that nearby roads needed to be larger, the towers needed to be slighter, and that neighbours should help decide what retail businesses go into the towers’ ground level.

October 8, 2011 – Sales centre opens for Tower 3, drawing another crowd waiting to purchase. (read more…)

Condo: NEXT
Address:  Edmonton Trail and 4th Street NE
Size: 4-storey, 132 units
Developer:  Bucci Developments Ltd

Excavation is now well underway at the NEXT site, and about 75 units sold as of July 2011.   To avoid any leaky condo issues, Bucci developed a new way of building with what it calls a rain screen. “We have even brought it to Calgary and adapted it to this environment,” he says, adding it’s being used in its latest development, NEXT in Bridgeland.

Update: August 2011, Calgary Herald
Bucci Developments bullish on Calgary Condo market 

“Now we’re on to Next which is under construction. That’s project number 11 for us in Calgary and we just closed on another piece of dirt with construction to start in spring of 2012 and it will be project number 12,” said Bucci.

“Next was bought over a year ago and that was pretty interesting times. It came out of foreclosure. At the time, the condo market sucked. It really sucked … It’s a big site Next. It’s 132 units, four-storey wood frame on two levels … overlooking downtown. A lot of people passed on it because they were uncertain if Calgary could absorb that many condos in Bridgeland in that environment. We had faith and we bought it.”

Sales were launched in February and 78 units have been sold. Construction on the project is expected to be completed by February 2013.

Condo: Unnamed
Address:  20th Avenue and 4th Street S.W
Size: 82 units
Developer:  Bucci Developments Ltd

Sales will be launched in October with construction expected to start in February with completion June 2013.

Name:  the Gala
Address: corner of 17th Ave. S.E. and 68th St. S.E
Size: 3 buildings, 386 units
Developer: Redekop Group

The doors opened for pre-sales at the end of June 2011.   Phase 1 would consist of 130 units followed by Phase 2 with 126 units and Phase 3 with 130 units. Each building will be four storeys and completion of the entire project will take about three years.

Update:  July 13, 2012.  Pre-sales for The Gala in Applewood have stopped and developer Redekop Group is returning deposits.

We were unsuccessful in getting the presales that were required — and so, we are unable to complete it as a condominium,” says Doug Dueck, project manager for The Gala, which is located at 17th Avenue and 68th Street S.E.

“That doesn’t mean it stops entirely or mean that we can’t at some point in the future complete it, but not under the original obligation to this particular bank.”

(read article)

July 15, 2012 blogpost: Future  of the Gala in Applewood Undecided

Name: Calla
Address: 626 14 Avenue S.W.
Size: 12-storey, 168-unit
Developer: Qualex-Landmark

Calla is located across from the renowned Lougheed House and Beaulieu Gardens and will consist of 1-2 bedroom plus homes including a limited selection of two bedroom park homes. The discovery centre is now under construction at 628 11 Ave. S.W and will be open by fall.   The developer has already 3 other projects in Calgary:  Stella, Nova and Luna with another project by Qualex featured below.

Calgary Herald, Oct 28, 2011: Calla to flower in chic inner city 

Source: Rafii Architects


Name: Alberta Boot
Address: 10th Ave. & 5th St.
Size: 900+ units, 39 & 52 levels
Developer: TBD

A mixed-use complex consisting of 2 high-rise residential towers, a hotel, and commercial retail units on the street level. The project is located on the site of the old Alberta Boot Company.

Update April 2012:   The site was recently sold to Great West Life.  I currently don’t have information on what plans the new owner has for it.

AURA Tower
Address: corner of 12 Ave & 9th ST SW
Size: 24 stories
Developer:  CIDEX

Offering bachelor suites, as well as one & two bedroom  residences

Name: Vogue
Address: 922 6th Ave. SW
Size: 34 storey
Developer:  Lacaille Group

From the May 12, 2012 Calgary Herald:

“Vogue is an elegant 34-storey residential tower designed in the Chicago/ New York art deco style by S2 Architecture, fronting onto 6th Avenue on land just to the west of 8th Street S.W. and one block from an LRT station.

S2 partner-in-charge David Symons says 250 parking stalls will be available, enclosed in four levels of underground, and a further two and a half floors above a retail podium, which are hidden from street view by the stone-and glass-faced facade.

About 2,300 square feet of retail space will be available for lease on either side of an impressive arch that soars to the eighth-storey level, encased in polished black granite.

Level six includes a large fitness centre and condo offices for sale, which are also throughout the entire seventh and eighth floors.

Residential floors climb to a height of 365 feet, topped by spires that will be lit up at night. The first 16 have 10 units, seven floors will have six, and two sub-penthouse levels will offer four larger units of over 1,000 square feet of luxurious living with spectacular views.”

Read entire article here

The Lacaille Group has several future projects planned including:

  • Lacaille on 16th
    2 10-storey residential towers in the North Hill district
  •  Kings on 4th
    45-storey mixed used building, hotel, 120 residences


Name: The River
Address: 135 – 26th Ave SW
Size: 15 storey, 38 residences
Developer: 26th Avenue River Investments Inc., an affiliate of Ledcor Properties Inc.

August 13, 2012 (Calgary Herald) Construction has begun on The River luxury residential condo development in the southwest Mission neighbourhood, just off Calgary’s downtown core. The River has sold over 60 per cent of the units in its first phase. Construction is expected to be complete by spring 2015

DISCOVERY CENTRE is located at 120-396 11th Avenue SW

If you know of any notable condo projects that are in pre-construction and aren’t listed here, please feel free to post them in the comments.

19 responses to “Condo Developments in Pre-Construction

  1. I believe that Battistella is about to launch a development in Sunnyside. Not sure if you’ve got any info on this?

  2. Hello B, thanks for mentioning this one.

    It’s an 8-storey 101 unit condo to be built on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 9A Street N.W (1037 2 Avenue NW) directly west of the LRT tracks with the Hillhurst/Sunnyside LRT station approximately 300 m to the north.

    Some residents were/are opposed to the development. Battistella had a pre-application public review in September 2010 and a post-application permit meeting in December with the residents of Sunnyside.

    After public review meeting on March 14 2011, the Hillhurst‐Sunnyside Community Association Community Planning Committee stated that “As currently proposed, we cannot offer our support of this development permit application.”

    However, the City’s Corporate Planning Application Group recommendation was “approval” which was what mattered.

    On July 7, 2011 the Calgary Planning Commission APPROVED the proposed New: Multi-Residential Development 8-0.

    I don’t have any other info at this time, and their website doesn’t supply much either other than:

    Modeled after Portland’s famous Pearl District, the bold new vision for the Hillhurst/Sunnyside community is now in place . In 2011 Battistella will launch one of the first major re-development projects arising out of the new plan.

  3. CanuckDownUnder

    Wow, “democracy” in action! Looks like the developers are still in charge at City Hall.

  4. Mike

    Some other condo/multi-use projects underway or on the drawing boards:

    In addition to NEXT, Bucci has bought land in Mission and applied for a DP. Apparently will be similar to NEXT — no other details available yet.

    Also in Mission, the “Hole” on 4 St. and 20 Ave got a $24 million DP approval a couple weeks back – talk is of eliminating original condo plans for office/retail (might change — see below)

    The Midtown project on 10 Ave and 4 St. S.W. has been acquired by Centron and renamed Encore. Have heard the original plan as a condo building has been shelved in favour of office/retail, but that could change depending on condo demand increasing

    The Arriva 2 tower has been renamed The Guardian. Has a completely new layout — smaller, less expensive units than Arriva 1. Sales centre is open

    Streetside’s St., John’s on Tenth (10 St. N.W. in Hillhurst) has sold very well — should be in the ground soon.

    Bosa/Embassy are building a sales centre in East Village for their projects there — FRAM/Slokker shouldn’t be too far behind with a sales centre in the same area.

    Also — CMHC says at the end of June new, completed condo inventory in Calgary CMA was 495 units, with 3,100 under construction.

    And an aside to CanuckDownUnder — approval of the project may or may have had anything to do with the perceived power of developers — more likely it has everything to do with the Calgary Municipal Development Plan/Plan It Calgary doctrine that dictates more multi-family buildings get approved and built in the inner city — city planners are obsessed with higher densities — you’ll see much more of this in the future.

  5. Typo — aside to CanuckDownUnder should have read “may or may not have had anything to do….”

  6. Thanks, Myke! Great update to all the projects going on – much appreciated!

    Edit: August 20, 2011. I’ve added the Guardian & St. John’s Tenth Street to the main post.

  7. CanuckDownUnder

    Thanks Myke but anyone who remotely follows City Hall politics knows what really goes on there.

    The developer of that project Paul Battistella wouldn’t be the same Paul Battistella sitting on the Calgary Planning Commission, would it? Certainly no conflict of interest there!

  8. Hey! Also theres:

    Crossing at the Bridges
    http://www.discoverthebridges.com/

    Down in Bridgeland. Just thought i’d help provide an update, I check back here every week for new projects!

    Thanks, Sameer. Do you know when the sales center reopened?
    – Mike Fotiou

  9. Not too sure, was it opened before? I’ve been going to every pre-construction condos sales centers I can find in Calgary, including almost all of the ones on the list. My buddy just heard of this one, unfortunately tho the sales center is only open on weekends.

  10. Nice to see some of these developements starting to take shape. Alberta boots should be quite the developement. Love to see these taller developements, plus a few others that could be comming online soon!

  11. Any progress on the Exchange, Kings on Fourth, H2O?

  12. do you have any information on the LeBeau building? Considering buying a condo there?

  13. Hello Ellen,

    There are currently 3 units for sale with one of them conditionally sold: click to view

    The one that is pending at $629,900 was listed in November 2009 for $814,990 and then again for $699,900 in April 2010 (22.7% reduction in asking price from 2009 till now) No record of it selling during that time on MLS.

    The other active units were originally listed for $699,900 in 2009 (currently $549,900) and $759,000 in 2008 (currently asking $499,900) No previous sales on MLS for those units either.

    I’ve sent you an email with recent sale prices of other units in the building. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

  14. An interested party....

    What’s happening with StepsbySturgess in the Bridges?? Supposed to be a sales centre opening in the summer….it’s August now…Wassuupp?

  15. Interested party

    Steps by Sturgess was being built by the multi-family division of Greenboro Homes, part of the Unity Builders Group, which has run into financial difficulty. Probably on hold until a deal is worked out with creditors

  16. St. John’s on 10th is finished but no one is moving in. Why?

  17. I was just in Kensington looking at VEN Condos by Bucci. Great product that is move-in ready next summer. What I am really interested in is Bucci’s new project on 10th Street. I was told they are putting a 6 storey concrete building on the old Carpenter’s Hall site. Does anyone have any more information?

  18. suburbanite

    There’s a partially excavated site right next to the STEPS construction site in Bridgeland. I understand that it’s supposed to be another boutique multifamily development, but there’s no signage or identifying factors. Do you know anything about it?

  19. To Anonymous, May 9th

    “Carpenters’ Union Hall and the building next to it on 10th Street will also be torn down to make way for a new, yet-to-be-named condo by Vancouver-based Bucci Developments Ltd. Sales are expected to begin in the fall.” Article

    A public site regarding the redevelopment with more info: click to view. It seems community feedback to City Planning Commission just ended this past Wednesday.

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