Kensington 9A Street & 3 Avenue
JEMM has a dynamic and vibrant vision for the redevelopment of this landmark location at the corner of 9A Street & 3 Avenue for new purpose-built rental that fulfills the vision of the Hillhurst- Sunnyside Area Redevelopment Plan and showcases best practices in Transit Oriented Development.
Access and Mobility
Given the proximity to the Red Line LRT (Sunnyside Station Stop) and active bus routes, the site is subject to Calgary’s Transit Oriented Development Guidelines. The TOD Policy Guidelines provide direction for development of areas within 600 metres of an LRT Transit station encouraging the following:
- Increase density around Transit Stations
- Create pedestrian-oriented design
- Ensure transit supportive land uses
- Foster a ‘sense of place’ and contribute to creating attractive communities
The proposed development will contribute to achieving an engaging, high quality transit-oriented development adjacent to an existing LRT Station. The subject site is adjacent to the 9A Street NW bike lane, providing connections to Calgary’s broader network including the Bow River pathway, Peace Bridge and downtown Bike routes. Increasing density in this area will encourage transit ridership, utilization of walking paths and cycling routes to access employment and community amenities to reduce the number of cars on our streets and ultimately the environmental footprint.
The Development Vision for this landmark location has been formed through considering the rich context and history of the site. 3rd Avenue and 9A Street provide different scales and pedestrian experiences, and as such the design must carefully respond to the interface requirements of 3rd Ave NW and 9A St NW accordingly. Implementing setbacks, podiums, balconies, and detailing elements contribute to create a unique and cohesive design.
Ultimately, JEMM’s vision for this site is to create a high quality multi-residential building that showcases our commitment to best practices in sustainable city building.
One storey podium with tower step backed from the street
Create 2-storey town homes on 3 Ave NW to reference Lunenburg Apartments. Shift northwest corner of podium to define the entrance.
Create movement on facade by pulling out balconies that step down and wrap the building.
Incorporate arch detailing elements
Layer on a rich material palette to elevate the building and create a cohesive design.
The proposal is grounded in the following key principles:
- Optimize the site’s location near transit, particularly the Sunnyside LRT Station located 100 metres north of the subject site.
- Increasing housing opportunities near designated Main Streets to support local businesses, walkability and livability.
- Fulfill the vision of the Hillhurst Sunnyside Area Redevelopment Plan by creating a truly transit-oriented development.
- Prioritize people over cars by ensuring the development supports active modes (walking, cycling).
- Ensure a high quality public realm with an emphasis on safe, active, and inviting streetscape.
Throughout the project, a robust and refined material palette is used in conjunction with expressive arched detailing to elevate the design. The material proposed includes: brick, wood-look metal, fibre cement panels, and custom metal guardrails.
Hillhurst- Sunnyside Area Redevelopment Plan
The subject site is designated ‘Medium Density Mid-Rise Area’ within the Hillhurst-Sunnyside Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP). The land use designation also enables higher density development through the use of high quality urban design, adhering to the design principles and guidelines of the ARP. Development within this designation is intended to create an urban edge, encouraging “eyes on the street” and fostering a strong pedestrian experience.
The proposed development is consistent with the vision of the medium density mid rise area designation, encouraging a variety of housing which is compatible in built form and frames the street edge.
Density and Building Height
Within the Hillhurst-Sunnyside ARP, maximum densities and building heights are attached to each block within the TOD area, ensuring new development contributes to the vibrancy of the street network and supports complete communities. Development is limited to a maximum floor area ratio (FAR) of 5.0 if density bonussing is provided based on requirements of the ARP.
The subject site has been assigned a maximum building height of 26.0 metres, supporting taller buildings which contribute to a pedestrian-oriented TOD area. New developments will be required to achieve a high standard of architectural and urban design to ensure projects positively contribute to the public realm. The proposed development will achieve many of the objectives of the ARP, particularly regarding higher densities within a TOD Area.
In order to achieve the development vision, an ARP Amendment is required to increase the maximum building height and density to achieve its true potential.
Land Use Amendment
Existing Land Use M-C2
(Multi-Residential- Contextual Medium Profile)
- Enabling multi-residential development near community nodes and transportation corridors
- Maximum Density: 2.5 FAR
- Maximum Height: 16.0 metres
Proposed Land Use MU-1
(Mixed Use- General)
- To enable a vibrant, high quality multi-residential development within a Transit Oriented Development
- Density: 9 FAR
- Maximum Height: 50 metres
As part of the ARP and Land Use Amendment application, community benefit is proposed to enable increased density on the subject site. Discussions with Administration and the community have informed the proposed community benefit of contributing towards the design and construction of the 3rd Avenue Streetscape project adjacent the subject site.
Updates to 3rd Avenue will enable:
- Create a welcoming entrance to the Kensington commercial district from the Sunnyside LRT Station
- Enhance the experience for pedestrians
- Support the needs of local businesses
1. Development Vision
2. Land Use Application Submission
Spring/ Summer 2022
3. Public Consultation
4. Application Circulation + DTR Response
5. Public Engagement
6. Calgary Planning Commission
7. City Council Public Hearing
Have Your Say!
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Or you can reach the project team at:
Principal, O2 Planning + Design
To ask questions or share your feedback directly with the City of Calgary planner assigned to this file, please contact:
Heloisa Ceccato Mendes, RPP, MCIP (she/her)
Senior Planner – North Area