Over the past several years, Brentwood residents have been involved in planning for the Transit Oriented Development adjacent to the Brentwood LRT station. The first two buildings (University City by Knightsbridge Homes) are under construction with the remaining three buildings currently in the development permit process. I brought together a team over the last few months, made up of community representatives from Brentwood and Triwood, City of Calgary staff, and representatives from Knightsbridge Homes, to work out any issues and ensure that phase two of this project is a good fit for the community.
The team recently chose the design for new street lamps, park benches, bike racks, and other street furniture that will be used throughout the entire Brentwood Transit Oriented Area as the area develops The focus was to pick furniture that would create a welcoming, main-street atmosphere.
As the plans for the second phase go through the development permit process, The City will do traffic counts this summer for Brentwood Boulevard. Traffic counts will be done prior to new residents moving in in October, so that we have an accurate picture of what the traffic situation looks like before, during, and after the buildings are occupied. Once all five buildings are occupied, the City will analyze the data and determine if any adjustments need to be made to address traffic issues.
I'm happy to report that we now have funding for the Blakiston Park design work. A committee made up of Brentwood residents, City staff, and Knightsbridge Homes, will work together to design the park. Planning a park is a fun, creative process and there will be opportunities for neighbours to participate, so please keep an eye out for announcements on open houses. Funding from density bonusing from the development will help kick-start the work in Blakiston Park.
If you are an artist, you may want to consider entering the University City sculpture competition. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2013. If you would like more details on the requirements, please click here.
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