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Park or Helipad on top of Palliser Square (1969)
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Transportation Centre East of Palliser Square (1980)
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Late 1980s:
Palliser Square demolition, conversion and expansion as a convention centre
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Moving the VIA station into the post office site (now Penn West)
VIA tried to move (without paying for the new location, only for renovations) for 4, 5 years after the post office moved its consumer facing operations to Harry Hays, and sorting to a surburban plant in the early 80s. The building sat empty for years, and Canada Post eventually started using it again, killing the plan. VIA apparently hated the Palliser Square location, deeming it cramped, inaccessible to people with disabilities, and little more than a cocktail lounge.
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Olympic Centre 1.9 million square foot 4 tower complex bounded by 4th and 5th Street, and 9th and 10th Ave SW given planning approval in 1982.

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Man i love these posts. Thanks for going into this level of detail
 

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1964: Chinook Centre tented enclosures and office blocks (which look more like apartments)
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1965: Western Union Insurance (the now Ramada hotel was built instead)
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Palliser Square 1967 including a six acre park on top of the parkade at the rear of the rendering
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James Short School site offices (35 storey) and apartments (30 storey) and bus depot 1968. Eventually the site would become a point of conflict between the federal and city governments, with the feds wanting to build a 35 storey building on the site, which probably would have guaranteed a more significant federal presence to this day. The mayor in the early 70s favoured a 'mini park', which was eventually built on top of an underground parkade at the site.
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Burns and Dutton on the NW corner of 5th Ave and 4th St SW (1969)
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I put of my studying this afternoon and threw myself down a pretty interesting rabbit hole of unbuilt projects in the city, here's a few that I found

CPR station plaza would've involved a face lift to the now demolished rail station as well as 2 new hotel adjacent to the station made from sandstone, the main purpose of the planning of the plaza was to discourage the demolition of it to build the Calgary Tower on the site since before the station was 3 storeys and surrounded by wooden buildings. I imagine if we saw the station kept it would've become the central hub for the LRT in the city and charged the layout of the tracks downtown, as well as been used a terminus for trains like the Rocky Mountaineer. This could've been a fitting use for it considering that not long after the planning the passenger rail service was rerouted to Edmonton and bypassed Calgary. But maybe one day if we built rail service to Banff and Edmonton a central transit hub Downtown will return.
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However according to the source I was reading the folks who were incharge of the planning wanted a more modern, New York looking transit hub and came up with the scheme.

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And since they were planning on keeping the station and giving it a face lift, the decided they still also wanted the Calgary Tower to be built, but moved the location to an empty lot near the Knox United Church

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Oh my lanta... that station refurb/expansion combined with the Calgary Tower relocation would have been incredible. That makes me legit sad.
 

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Calgary Transportation Centre, Calgary Convention Centre, 1963
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This project required the CPR tracks to realign, as part of the using the river side as the transportation corridor plan, which was defeated.

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Heliport (unbuilt I think!) and Office Building (the MEC and now Temple, but not built to the proposed height of 8 stories) 1957 - 4th Ave and 9th St SW
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