Located in the heart of southwest Calgary, Currie will be a contemporary urban village where work and play rest in perfect balance, with vibrant amenity spaces just steps from your door. Following on the success of Garrison Woods and Garrison Green, Currie is a showpiece community for the latest in urban living.
Currie has rapidly become one of the most talked about new communities in Calgary. The redevelopment of the third and last site at CFB Calgary is already well-underway: about 700 people toured the new Currie single-family show homes built by Canada Lands Company’s builder-partners when the show home parade was launched, in early February 2011.
Canada Lands Company recently announced a joint venture agreement with the highly respected Embassy Bosa for the development of 22 acres of mixed-use retail and multi-family residential development in the heart of the community.
Under the terms of the joint venture agreement, Embassy Bosa Inc. is tasked with the construction of retail and multi-family residential buildings within the mixed-use project. Canada Lands Company will be responsible for the planning and construction of the community subdivision.
An extensive community consultation program was launched in November 2013, and follow-up events were held in December 2013 and April 2014 drawing hundreds of interested and engaged participants.
The new community at the 200-acre (80.9 hectare) site is based on the principles of smart growth and sustainable community design that have become Canada Lands Company’s calling card. The vision for Currie will build on the successful designs at Garrison Woods and Garrison Green to create an even denser community with a richer mix of land uses, housing types, and servicing innovations to achieve a more complete and integrated neighbourhood.
At full development, Currie is expected to accommodate approximately 3,200 housing units of various types, 225,000 ft2 (20,903 m2) of retail and about 300,000 ft2 (27,871 m2) of office space. This is in addition to a private school, and close to 23 acres of parks and open space.
As part of its Currie development on the site of the former CFB Calgary, Canada Lands Company held a special ceremony in 2010 to formally dedicate two special commemorative parks: Valour Park and Victoria Cross Park. These linear parks pay tribute to Canada’s military and to those who served their country during the Second World War.
The parks were planned by Canada Lands Company in close consultation with a “Legacy Committee” made up of retired members of the Canadian Forces, representatives of the Military Museum, and others with unique knowledge of Canada’s military history and traditions.
Valour Park is defined by three large bronze statues representing the three branches of Canada’s armed forces – the Army, the Navy and the Air Force. In addition to the statues, there are storyboards that describe the role of each of the services during World War II.
Adjacent to Valour Park is Victoria Cross Park. This park uses a series of plaques to commemorate the 16 Canadian recipients of the prestigious Victoria Cross during the Second World War.
The theming of the parks represents just one of the ways that Canada Lands Company has created unique legacies to commemorate the connection between Currie, its military history, and the Canadian Forces.
Currie has received Gold Certification under the new LEED-ND (Leadership in Environmental and Engineering Design for Neighbourhood Development) for its approved plan – the first of its kind in Canada. It also contains the most significant concentration of provincially designated historic buildings and landscapes in an urban centre in Alberta.