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    9 Avenue SE

    Inglewood’s 9 Avenue SE main street, originally named Atlantic Avenue, stretches from the Elbow River to 17 Avenue SE. It is located south of the Calgary Zoo and the East Village, surrounded by communities of Inglewood and Ramsay.

    Inglewood is Calgary’s oldest community and was established after Fort Calgary was built in 1875, with 9 Avenue SE serving as its main street. It continues to serve as the community’s main street, providing shopping, restaurants, residential and commercial opportunities, as well as arterial access to the industrial lands functioning around the Canadian Pacific Rail line. The communities bordering 9 Avenue SE are attracting a significant amount of investment and revitalization.


    Current Status

    Active Projects

    9 Avenue Streetscape Master Plan

    The City is developing a Streetscape Master Plan for 9 Avenue SE, as part of the Main Streets initiative’s investment phase. A streetscape includes all visual and functional elements of a street that collectively form its character. Some areas we are exploring include:

    • Sidewalk features (eg. street trees, lighting, street furniture)
    • Crosswalks and street corner configurations
    • Laneway and park connectivity
    • Pedestrian safety features

    We are producing a detailed plan that provides a blueprint to rebuild 9 Avenue SE in a way that meets the needs of current and future residents, visitors and business owners.

    Engagement Opportunities

    The 9 Avenue SE Streetscape Master Plan project is entering its final stretch, as we’ve taken feedback from engagement that took place in 2017 and developed several concept designs for community review. Our next step is to share these concept designs and gather feedback from people, who live, work, shop or commute in Inglewood. Calgarians will have the opportunity to provide feedback through the following opportunities:

    Find Out More

    For more updates about the 9 Avenue Streetscape Master Plan and other City projects on the go in Inglewood and Ramsay, please subscribe to our Inglewood-Ramsay e-blast.

    What’s Next

    • Project Initiation – January 2017
    • Project Engagement Phase 1 – April 2017
    • Project Engagement Phase 2 – June 2017
    • Design Concept Development – July-October 2017
    • Project Engagement Phase 3 – February 2018
    • Final Design Concept Information Session – April 2018
    • Final Concept Report presented to Transportation Leadership Team – June 2018
    • Past Project Information

    Previous Public Engagement

    Between November 2014 and May 2015, Main streets users provided input at workshops, through an online mapping activity, online surveys and at information sessions. They identified their top issues opportunities and outcomes. This input was analyzed and has informed the development of the 9 Avenue SE Streetscape Master Plan. In the future, it will inform a planning strategy for this main street.

    As part of this public engagement, City planners listened and learned from main street users, neighbourhood residents, industry experts and economic specialists to understand the unique challenges and opportunities for growth and development for 9 Avenue SE.

    View 9 Avenue SE key findings

    View full report of what we’ve learned city-wide

    Existing Local Planning

    The current Inglewood Area Redevelopment Plan was approved in 1993 with only minor changes since then. The Inglewood Area Redevelopment Plan provides policy that promotes and encourages the success and growth of the commercial area along this main street and identifies it as a key part of the community. The built form-scale policy within the Inglewood Area Redevelopment Plan matches the current low density residential districts. Currently, The City is engaging land owners and the community for updates to this area redevelopment plan in relation to the transit oriented development opportunities for a new Green Line LRT.

    As the heart of Inglewood, the street is home to a mix of businesses and residents in buildings that reflect the entire history of the city. Current zoning allows for mixed use development with a height limit of approximately six stories. Rezoning could potentially adjust the specific details of the land use district to make redevelopment more attractive while respecting local context. This would enable more people to choose Inglewood as the location for their home or business.​