As Mayor Nenshi and the Calgary Flames put their battle over a replacement to the Saddledome on pause — with Flames president and CEO Ken King asserting that the organization is no longer pursuing a new facility — the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation is going ahead with a master plan for the current venue's surrounding grounds. According to RENX, CMLC is gearing up to unveil their vision for Victoria Park in January, and it's a conceptual exercise that includes provisions for a new arena, whether or not the City and the Flames settle their dispute.

Overview of the Stampede grounds, image retrieved from Google Street View

Likened to a blueprint, president and chief executive of the City subsidiary Michael Brown said the plan has been developed in conjunction with the Stampede and other stakeholders. For over a year, CMLC has been working diligently with the City and area partners to shape the future of the neighbourhood southeast of the downtown core. Currently characterized by blocks of vacant lots, the area represents an opportunity not unlike the burgeoning East Village, which has gone through an urban-minded evolution overseen by CMLC.

East Village construction, image by Forum contributor Da_Master

The 49-acre East Village has been the epicentre of much of Calgary's recent development growth, with over 800 new homes being built between four residential towers. One decade into its 20-year plan, the CMLC has invested $357 million into the neighbourhood's redevelopment, attracting over $2.7 billion in private sector investment. The CMLC says that 63 percent of the residential space has been built out and 90 percent of the office space is still to come.

The reveal of the master plan will be accompanied by a community engagement initiative that will collect feedback and answer key questions about the area's development. Want to get involved in the discussion or share your photos? Check out the associated Forum thread or leave a comment in the field provided at the bottom of this page.