The West Village is a 130 acre area immediately west of Calgary’s downtown. The boundaries are the Bow River to the north, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) right-of-way to the south, Crowchild Trail S.W. to the west, and 14th Street S.W. to the east.
In the late 1980s, environmental contamination was discovered on some land in the West Village. As a result, the Province and The City decided that the best way to protect the environment and ensure public safety would be for The City to own the land. Once The City acquired the land, we began to look at a long term strategic vision for the surrounding area through an area redevelopment plan. Going forward, The City bought additional properties in the area for the West LRT project and to achieve the vision set out in the newly created West Village Area Redevelopment Plan approved in July 2010.
From 1924 to 1962 Canada Creosote Ltd. operated a pressure wood preserving operation on a site located in the West Village. Treatment chemicals included coal tar creosote and pentachlorophenol in oil. This operation caused contamination to the soil and groundwater.
A containment wall was constructed by the Province in 1995-96 to prevent migration of creosote into the Bow River. The partnership between the Province and The City eventually led to on-going risk management and the development and continued operation of a containment system for the contamination.
The City has unfunded plans for a multi-purpose fieldhouse to be built at Foothills Athletic Park, near McMahon Stadium. The CalgaryNEXT project proposes to relocate the Foothills Fieldhouse and integrate it within this development and design so it can be used as an indoor football stadium for the Calgary Stampeders.
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