Archive for June, 2020

Green Line – A Thanks to RCA ~ from City of Calgary

June 17th, 2020

Greetings President and Ramsay CA

I am reaching out to ensure you know that yesterday City Council approved Administration’s Green Line recommendation on the updated Stage 1 alignment and delivery framework.  The approval of the recommended alignment from 16 Avenue N to 160 Avenue SE finalizes the alignment discussion and allows the Green Line team to move forward with confidence. I have linked the approved recommendations for your reference. If you have any question about the details please don’t hesitate to ask.

The approved delivery framework includes construction staging in 3 segments to provide more certainty around managing risks.  The three segments are:

    • Segment 1: Elbow River to Shepard
    • Segment 2A: 2 Avenue SW station to Elbow River
    • Segment 2B: 16 Avenue N to north of 2 Avenue SW station

The approval also includes direction to develop a Functional Plan for a flexible and convertible mobility corridor in North Central Calgary from 160 Avenue to Downtown (details in link above) as part of Green Line Stage 1.

Thank you for the thoughtful conversations and perspectives that you have shared with us to help us to get to this point. If you submitted a letter as part of this recent process we have read it and thank you for sharing it with us. Working with our stakeholders has been an important part of the journey and I am grateful for all the time and energy you have given to the Green Line team along the way. I also recognize that there are different feelings, opinions, and impacts along the line; no matter where you fall on the spectrum, we will always do our best to understand your unique perspective and situation and support you to the best of our ability.

The key next steps include the RFP for LRVs going out today, the RFP for segment 1 going out by July 24, 2020 and moving forward with putting together the workplans for segments 2A and 2B.  There will be further opportunities for engagement coming up and I will reach out to you with more details as soon as they are confirmed.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Hope everyone is doing well!

Dylan

 

 

City Council approves Green Line route

June 16th, 2020

City Council approves Green Line route

On Tuesday, June 16, City Council approved Administration’s Green Line recommendation on the updated Stage 1 alignment along with changes to construction staging.

 

In addition to approving the alignment, Council approved a new construction staging strategy.  Administration’s recommendations reflect many thoughtful conversations since the June 1st Green Line Committee meeting with Council and stakeholders and balance the commitment to move forward with Stage 1, with the desire for greater certainty around managing risks.

 

Green Line Stage 1 will be constructed in three segments:

  • Segment 1: Elbow River to Shepard
  • Segment 2A: 2 Avenue SW station to Elbow River
  • Segment 2B: 16 Avenue N to north of 2 Avenue SW station

 

Segment 1 of the Green Line is shovel ready. The procurement process will move forward with the Request for Qualifications shortlisted proponents to be announced in June 2020, and the Request for Proposal to be issued no later than July 24, 2020. Given Segment 1 will be delivered as a design build finance project, the proponent teams will be bidding on the project starting on July 24, 2020 however, the detailed design and construction will begin in 2021.

 

Stage 1 builds the core of the Green Line long-term vision and will enable future incremental expansion as funding is available to realize the full benefits of the rapid transit network. High quality transit, like LRT, is a necessity for cities to grow, be attractive to entrepreneurs and a talented workforce, and to be competitive economic centres locally and internationally. Green Line is planned for long-term city shaping and spurring redevelopment and investment opportunities in Calgary and will be an important part of the city’s recovery generating 20,000 jobs.

 

For the latest project news and opportunities to get involved, check back regularly at Calgary.ca/GreenLine. Follow the Green Line story on Twitter @yyctransport #GreenLineYYC or email greenline@calgary.ca for further questions.

NOTICE: Truck Detour in Ramsay: 21-23 Ave SE, UPDATED: TO JULY 28!

June 16th, 2020

July 16:  UPDATE:   DETOUR EXPECTED TO JULY 28

Truck Detour in Ramsay

Late yesterday, in preparation for Green Line construction work on 11 ST SE near the intersection of 21 AV SE, our Roads staff determined that the on-street closure area that is required for construction would limit the ability for large truck traffic traveling eastbound on 21 AV SE to safely make a right-hand turn onto 11 ST SE southbound.  As such, in order to accommodate large truck traffic for the area businesses that rely on this route, we will be instituting a temporary truck detour route to accommodate large truck traffic. The detour route will redirect large truck traffic westbound along 23 AV SE southbound onto Spiller RD SE. The detour will only be for truck traffic that that typically travels eastbound on 21 AV SE to 11 ST SE and will not impact left or right-hand turn access from 11 ST SE onto 21 AV SE westbound. Please see the attached detour map for reference.

This temporary detour is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, June 17 at 6AM and be in place for a two week period. All affected area businesses that rely on large truck shipping and receiving have been notified by the Green Line team about this detour. Area businesses have expressed consideration of how a detour may impact area residents and have asked that the Ramsay Community Association be made aware of this detour.

UPDATE:  30 KM  speed limit reduction will be applicable to all vehicles using this route. 

If you have any questions or concerns about this temporary detour or receive inquiries from community residents, you are welcome to share the above details and contact information for Stuart Gripton – Sr. Access Planner – City of Calgary – Green Line Stakeholder Relations (Email: Stuart.Gripton@calgary.ca Tel:403-312-2682) if they wish to reach out to him directly.

Truck detour through community June 17

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June 16th, 2020

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Inglewood/Ramsay City Projects Update – May 2020

June 10th, 2020
Inglewood/Ramsay City Projects Update -May 2020

 

See below for important updates on upcoming construction projects in the area. The City continues to work with citizens and our employees to help limit the spread of COVID-19. At this time, the delivery of essential services including City construction projects are continuing as long as it remains safe to do so. Throughout construction, we will be monitoring the situation and making adjustments as needed to help ensure the health and safety for those working on the project. For ongoing updates visit calgary.ca

2020 Inglewood Ramsay Construction Map 

The 2020 construction season is ramping up and there’s lots happening in Inglewood & Ramsay. From 8 Avenue S.E. corridor improvements to 11 Street /12 Street S.E. route improvements to the Inglewood Sanitary Trunk, we’re investing in one of Calgary’s oldest neighbourhoods to keep it safe, beautiful and vibrant.  Check out the new 2020 Inglewood Ramsay Construction map to learn about upcoming projects happening in your area. For more information, visit calgary.ca/inglewoodramsay.

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Inglewood Sanitary Trunk – Construction Update

June 10th, 2020
Inglewood Sanitary Trunk – Construction UpdateWe’re continuing work at 9 Street S.E. and 8 Avenue S.E. to complete the last section of the Inglewood Sanitary Trunk and connection to the existing Inner City Trunk. To facilitate this work the intersection at 8 Avenue S.E. and 9 Street S.E. will be closed until the end of July 2020.

Construction at 9 Street S.E., south of 9 Avenue S.E. is complete and the road, including access to the back lane parking lots, has been reopened. Minor landscaping work will continue until approximately the end of May.

More information

Thank you for your patience as we complete this important sanitary infrastructure. For more information, please visit calgary.ca/IST.

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Canadian Pacific is installing a second rail bridge

June 10th, 2020

 

Canadian Pacific is installing a second rail bridgeCanadian Pacific (CP) is installing a second bridge over the Elbow River adjacent to and south of the existing rail bridge between 7 Street S.E. and 8 Street S.E. Bridge construction is planned for 2020, with additional work on CP property in 2021.

Closure of east Elbow River pathway

The City has closed the east Elbow River pathway under the CP tracks for the construction of the CP rail bridge. People walking in the area can use the pathway detour option that includes 11 Street/12 Street S.E. Pathway detour maps are now posted near the closure and online to help you see how you can continue to travel between Ramsay and Inglewood.

Will more tracks mean more rail traffic?

CP’s bridge reconfiguration will improve rail traffic flow through Alyth Yard, enabling CP to process trains more efficiently. CP’s rail traffic and train frequency fluctuates with the needs of its customers.

More information on Canadian Pacific rail bridge project

For more information on Canadian Pacific’s rail bridge project, please visit the Canadian Pacific website or email or call: community_connect@cpr.ca, 1-800-766-7912.

Stay Informed: City newsletters that may be of interest to Ramsay community

June 10th, 2020

Here are some mail subscriptions for City newsletters that would be of interest to Ramsay and Inglewood communities:

 

CALGARY STAMPEDE UNVEILS DESIGN FOR BMO CONVENTION CENTRE EXPANSION

June 10th, 2020

JUNE 10, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 CALGARY STAMPEDE UNVEILS DESIGN FOR BMO CONVENTION CENTRE EXPANSION

 Design details for BMO Centre’s expansion reveal a stunning, modern facility that will catalyze

 east Victoria Park’s rebirth as Calgary’s Culture & Entertainment District

 (CALGARY, AB) • The Calgary Stampede and development partner Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) are thrilled to unveil the design for the expansion of the BMO Convention Centre – Calgary’s premier meetings and convention venue since 1982. This visually stunning expansion, valued at $500 million, will significantly grow and modernize the facility and enable Calgary to host major conventions on a global scale.

Last year, the Calgary Stampede and CMLC carried out a rigorous competitive process to select the internationally recognized design team now leading this transformation—Stantec, Populous and S2 Architecture. These firms, valued for their complementary experience and proven collaborative approach on major projects, have spent the past 12 months crafting a world-class design for a revamped BMO Centre that’ll enable Calgary to compete with major convention destinations the world over.

Dana Peers, President & Chairman of the Calgary Stampede Board, shares his excitement about this milestone project. “Calgary’s citizens are world-renowned for their community spirit and their drive to achieve great things,” says Peers. “When complete in 2024, the expanded BMO Centre will provide Calgary and southern Alberta a significant platform for economic diversification through growth in both the convention and tourism industries.”

Calgary Stampede CEO, Warren Connell, adds “This project would not be possible without the support of our three orders of government, and we thank them for the opportunity to undertake this important project to support economic diversification and job creation for our region.” The BMO Centre will be the largest conference facility in western Canada (and the country’s second largest after Toronto’s) and will launch Calgary as a bona fide competitor in the international meetings and conventions industry.

“The Government of Canada is making historic investments in infrastructure projects that create jobs in the short term and support significant growth for the local economy. The BMO Centre’s expansion will help drive tourism activity in Calgary and generate more foot traffic for local businesses in and around Stampede Park,” says the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “I am pleased to be a partner in this important project and look forward to continue working together to build a better, more prosperous, and more resilient Alberta and Canada.”

 The raw numbers are impressive—over 1 million square feet of total floor space, including 350,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, and more than double its current rentable area—but more important, the new facility will espouse, inside and out, today’s best practices in premier conference facility design. The interior spaces will be ample and adaptable; meeting rooms will be wired for instant connectivity; flexible breakout areas will facilitate those all-important human connections; and outdoor spaces will invite attendees to experience the natural surroundings, diverse amenities and western hospitality Calgary is rightfully famous for.

“As we prepare Calgary for the future, solidifying our role as the ultimate host city will be a major driver of jobs and economic activity. The expanded BMO Centre is going to be a major draw for tourism and travel, says Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “From design to function, I’m confident this building will capture the attention of event organizers from around the world, creating opportunities for our local economy for decades to come.”

The BMO Centre expansion is significant also for being a keystone project set to catalyze the transformation of east Victoria Park into Calgary’s Culture & Entertainment District.

“This project defines an incredibly important phase in realizing the Calgary Stampede’s and CMLC’s long-term vision for east Victoria Park and Stampede Park,” says Kate Thompson, CMLC president and CEO. “The mission shared by the whole BMO project team—Together we will design a world-class facility that celebrates Calgary, captures the Stampede Spirit, connects the city with the Rivers District and activates the site all year long—speaks to this commitment.”

“An expanded BMO Centre will bring new energy, talent and revenue into our city while adding another world-class attraction to the area,” says Thompson. “This design reveal is confirmation that our vision for the city’s Culture & Entertainment District is truly coming to fruition—and I couldn’t be prouder of what the team has accomplished so far.”

This announcement comes at a time when, in a typical year, Calgary would be preparing to host the world at the annual 10-day community celebration. Although the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the cancellation of the 2020 edition of the Calgary Stampede, all project partners remain fully committed to the project and enthusiastic about the opportunities it heralds for the city.

“This exciting project will not only enhance the world-class infrastructure in Calgary but will create jobs in this city when they are needed most. Once complete, this upgrade will continue to positively impact the Calgary economy, as conventions and events from around the world take advantage of the BMO Centre, creating jobs and supporting the hospitality sector,” says Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta.

 The expanded BMO Centre will sustain thousands of jobs—both during construction and after it’s complete—attract private investment and development, and significantly boost both business and leisure tourism to Calgary and the province as a whole for years to come.

In 2019, the Calgary Stampede contributed $700M to Canada’s economy with $540M of that staying in Alberta—not including the construction activities associated with the expansion. Post-construction, the BMO Centre will add another $223M to Alberta’s economy and support 1,757 full-year jobs – 90 per cent of which will stay in Calgary.

Dana Peers adds, “The innovative design unveiled today—its inspiring architecture and enticing spaces—will draw community members and visitors alike, day after day, year after year.” This state-of-the-art, tier-one facility is designed to meet the needs of the convention and consumer show industries in 2024 and beyond. As an iconic anchor for the Rivers District, it is a catalyst that, in concert with the new Event Centre, will support commercial and residential development in the district and the surrounding communities.

The project is on schedule to meet the projected June 2024 completion date. The development permit has been submitted and construction of Hall F (100,000 SF of additional space) is on track for completion later this month. Crews will begin demolishing existing structures in the fall and break ground on the new building next year.

Warren Connell says that, “Despite the obvious challenges posed by COVID-19, we’ve continued to receive inquiries from interested conventions eager to book events when the building is complete and the heightened awareness of health and safety protocols has provided an excellent opportunity for the design team and our operations team to ensure the utmost standards in health and safety are in place when the building opens.”

Connell adds that, “Once completed, the BMO Convention Centre, will have the advantage of the many differentiators that the great city of Calgary has to offer to clients from around the world, including the Calgary Stampede, the gateway to the Rockies, and our unique western culture and community spirit.”

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 To view the BMO Centre Expansion Design reveal video, click here.     

NOTE: Rendering and video assets attached to this email are available for high resolution download here

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TONIGHT: Community Hall Garage Sale. June 23 and 24. 5pm-8pm

June 8th, 2020

Community Hall Garage Sale

June 23 and 24. 5pm – 8pm @ Ramsay Community Hall.

Ramsay Hall Equipment – For Sale

Covid-friendly payments:  Credit or Debit only 

Just some items shown below

PRICES REDUCED!!!

Check Out some of the items LIST,  or here: Hall Equipment – Garage Sale updated 2020-06-23

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