The development (80.9 hectares/200 acres) combines a unique mix of housing, parks and heritage sites with a walkable urban design, all minutes from the downtown core. This contemporary development builds upon Canada Lands’ successful redevelopment of Garrison Woods and Garrison Green.
Currie’s military history dates to the mid-1930s when the federal government constructed the Canadian Forces Base Calgary, also known as Currie Barracks. The base was a mainstay of Canada’s military for more than six decades, during which thousands of soldiers were trained for wartime and peacekeeping duties. In recognition of this important history, today, Currie has eight heritage-designated buildings and three designated landscapes which have been, or will be, repurposed as the development proceeds.
The project is under development and is approximately half complete. There are currently six builders with active projects in the community, and new servicing work is underway to accommodate future building projects.
Sustainability elements within the community include its transit-oriented design, stormwater capture and management in rain gardens and extensive green spaces. Phase one of Currie’s Alexandria Park (5.6 hectares/14 acres), which includes the reconstruction of the heritage-designated Trasimene Crescent and Currie Bark Park (an urban dog park), was completed in 2020. Phase two includes additional play equipment to accommodate children of all physical abilities along with new pathways and recreational space. Construction of the park will resume in 2022 and is expected to be mostly complete by 2023.
In April 2022, as part of the Federal Lands Initiative, the federal government announced just over $3.5 million in funding for the purchase and development of two vacant lots in Currie. The funds will help Horizon Housing develop 72 units of affordable housing in the community, where 20 units will be prioritized for women and children. Click here to learn more about the announcement.