The Hive in Sunnyside

JEMM is planning an exciting new purpose-built rental development on 9A Street NW that fulfills the vision of the Hillhurst-Sunnyside Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) and showcases best practices in Transit Oriented Development.

Demolition, site clearing and preparation are now underway and will last 4-6 weeks.


JEMM’s Sunnyside site is located at 223-231 9A Street NW. The site is bordered to the north by a mid-rise multi-residential building, to the east by 9A Street and the LRT, to the west by a public lane, and to the south by low density detached homes.

Benefits of the Location

This site is located near the intersection of two Main Streets (as identified in Calgary’s Municipal Development Plan), the Sunnyside LRT Station, the Bow River, and the downtown core. Already a vibrant inner-city neighbourhood, the proposed development will further solidify Kensington as one of Calgary’s most complete communities.

Access and Mobility

JEMM is committed to progressive Transit Oriented Developments that contribute density and vibrancy surrounding transit stations. By encouraging active modes of transportation, like walking and biking, we hope to reduce the amount of cars on our streets and our environmental footprint.

The site’s ideal location provides convenient access to community amenities and many forms of transportation:

  • Proximity to shops and services, including schools, groceries, health and fitness facilities, and restaurants.
  • Proximity to mass transit, including the Sunnyside LRT Station.
  • Adjacent to the 9A Street NW bike lane, which connects to Calgary’s broader network including the Bow River Pathway, Peace Bridge, and downtown bike routes.

Development Vision

JEMM’s vision for this 9A Street NW site is to create a mid-rise multi-residential building that showcases our commitment to best practices in sustainable city-building.

This proposal is grounded in the following key principles:

  • Optimize the site’s location near transit, especially the Sunnyside LRT Station located just 300 metres to the north.
  • Increase housing options near Main Streets to support local businesses, walkability, and livability.
  • Fulfill the vision of the Hillhurst-Sunnyside ARP by creating a truly transit-oriented development.
  • Prioritize people over cars by ensuring the development supports active modes (walking, biking).
  • Ensure a high-quality public realm with an emphasis on a safe, active, and inviting streetscape.

Hillhurst-Sunnyside Area Redevelopment Plan

The site is located within the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Study Area Boundary of the ARP, which recognizes the importance of supporting transit, encouraging walking and cycling as opposed to vehicles, and reducing our environmental impact.

Within this TOD Study Area, JEMM’s site is identified as Medium-density Mid-rise. Development is limited to a maximum of floor area ratio (FAR) of 5.0 so long as density bonus items as outlined in the ARP are provided. Buildings in this area can be up to 27 metres tall (approximately eight-storeys).

JEMM’s proposal conforms to the ARP regulations.

ARP Density Map – Floor Area Ratio (FAR)
ARP Height Map – Building Height in Metres

Process Timeline

1. Development Vision
2. Land Use Application Submission
3. Application Circulation + DTR Response
4. Public Consultation
5. Calgary Planning Comission
6. Start of Construction

Summer 2023

7. Occupancy
Summer 2023

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