In the near future, Alberta Health Services will be demolishing and replacing parkade Lot 1, located at the Foothills Medical Centre, as it is nearing the end of its lifecycle.
Initially, Alberta Health Services planned to replace the parkade and locate it on the escarpment. Since then I have met with representative from Alberta Health Services twice, with community members attending the second meeting. The neighbouring communities had a number of concerns with this proposal, and we were able to discuss many of these concerns at our meetings.
To date, our discussions have focused on whether the parkade is required and why the south slope of the Foothills Medical Centre was chosen as the location for the parkade, even though it is a wildlife corridor and is identified in the South Shaganappi Area Plan as an Environmentally Significant Area.
Both the community and I have recommended that AHS explore alternate locations and encourage staff to adopt alternative ways to get to work (walking, cycling, transit, carpooling and Car2Go) in order to reduce the amount of staff parking that is required. As a result, they will be exploring other locations, and options of dedicating on-site parking for the Car2Go car share service, participating in the upcoming Northwest Major Activity Centre Enhanced Transit Study, and continuing to improve their pedestrian and cycling access to the site.
Further, when AHS did their request for proposal for the project, they changed the scope to include reviewing alternative sites at the Foothills Medical Centre. Once the final site has been selected, the subsequent design proposal will consider many of the issues that have been raised by adjacent neighbours, such as: aesthetics, green space, impacts on the community and physical characteristics of the site.
In consultation with neighbouring communities, AHS has created the Foothills Medical Centre Area Communities Working Group, which consists of 3 members each from the Parkdale, St. Andrews Heights and University Heights Community Associations. This working group will represent each affected communities and be involved throughout the development of the parkade regardless of location, update the master plan for this site, the Calgary Cancer Centre, and any future developments on the Foothills Medical Centre site.
If you would like to keep up to date on the progress of the Working Group, you can find their meeting minutes here.
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