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Co-op – Always Open for Business

Co-op – Always Open for Business

One of the top questions we’ve received in regards to the proposed Dalhousie Co-op redevelopment is if area residents are going to lose the grocery store they love, as well as the services of of other businesses currently located in the shopping centre. The short answer is no – the current Co-op store will not be closing until its replacement is built. This also applies to the most of the other businesses and services on-site. This will be accomplished by completing the development in phases, over a 5-6 year period.


The first phase will see a new gas bar, C-store and liquor store constructed on the southwest corner of the property (Dalton Drive and North Belle Road). The car wash will remain in its current location. Once the new buildings are constructed and operational, the current liquor store and gas bar will be removed. Construction of the new Co-op store will begin, along with the attached tiered residential building. Once the store is complete (expected at the 2.5 year mark), it will open and the existing store will close. Construction will continue on the larger residential building. The old store will be taken down and and construction will commence on the shorter residential building as well as the office building at the northwest edge of the property.

By taking a phased approach, Co-op and other on-site businesses can continue to operate. While there will be some temporary impacts on parking and traffic patters within the parking lot, customers will be able to access the services they know and love in the area. We will ensure that changes will be communicated (sign up here for updates) in a timely matter.

Have a question about the phased approach? Let us know via our contact page.

  • Sandra Thomas
    Posted at 17:14h, 25 November Reply

    I came to this website with an open mind, knowing the area could use some revitalisation.

    After thoroughly exploring the website, I’ve come to the conclusion that Sahuri & Partners have designed a grotesque eyesore, and they should be utterly ashamed of themselves. As someone who has studied and worked in the architectural field for over 15 years, I can truly say there is no imagination, no creativity to this project. None. It’s a series of bland white boxes, something a small child could have designed with Legos and actually have it be more colourful and exciting.

    The fact this is going up in my old neighbourhood saddens me.

    You could have done so, so much better, Dalhousie.

    • Admin
      Posted at 11:42h, 29 November Reply

      Hi Sandra – thank you for your feedback. Some of the finishings on the buildings may change – we are still in the proposal stage. We’ve worked hard with the community to come up with both design and building placements that work with the surrounding landscape. We appreciate your candid ideas and comments about the project and will review them with our team.

  • Sandra Thomas
    Posted at 18:52h, 11 December Reply

    According to some I’ve talked to who are active in the community and close with the Dalhousie Community Association, this was flown in under the radar. It was not publicised until it was a done deal and community members were not even informed this was happening, let alone had you “work hard” with them on the project. “Blindsided” is a word I heard often in conversation about this.

    It is FAR too large a scale for such a small, humble community. A boring, boxy monstrosity. Shame on you.

    • Admin
      Posted at 10:49h, 12 December Reply

      Hi Sandra,
      Thank you for your continued comments. We worked with (and are still working with) the community association board members on this project which has resulted in design changes along the way. The project is not a “done deal” – applications have only just been filed with the city for the project. We also had a kiosk set up in the Dalhousie Co-op over August and September, held two public meetings and have done online campaigns promoting the project. We estimate we’ve spoken to over 1,500 Dalhousie and area residents thus far. There will be other awareness and engagement activities upcoming. We’d be happy to go over any details of our engagement process or the project with you. Please let us know. Have a great day!

  • Cheryl Ritter
    Posted at 14:09h, 19 December Reply

    I am disappointed to see the buildings that are 20 -40 floors happening in a residential area. I live close by and will more than likely get shaddows from this building and will lose privacy. 10 storeys is all that should be allowed close to the residential area. The tallest corner of your proposed building will be closest to me. I am very disappointed!!!!

    • Admin
      Posted at 12:25h, 20 December Reply

      Hi Cheryl – Thank you for your comments. The tallest part of the larger building (which is terraced) is 20 floors (not 40), closest to the corner of Shagannapi and Dalhousie Dr. In terms of shadowing, very carfeul consideration has been given to place ment and deisgn of buildings to reduce shadows. All shadows will fall on the Co-op property or on the intersection of Shagannapi/Dalhousie Dr and will not cause any shadows on residences – the shadow study image can be seen here:

      • Arie Vandervelden
        Posted at 14:27h, 25 January Reply

        The shadow model is for September 23, close to the equinox. Half of the year the shadows extend further. Can you please run a model and post it on the web for December 21 (solstice). Thank you.

        • Admin
          Posted at 11:12h, 26 January Reply

          Hi Arie,
          As per the application requirements, a study has been done for March and September. We’ve added March to the website here.
          The buildings are positioned in a way that shadow falls on the intersection of Shagannappi and Dalhousie Dr. or the Co-op property itself. If you have further questions please let us know.

      • Cheryl Ritter
        Posted at 14:01h, 22 March Reply

        I am aware that your proposal is for 20 stories, There are 20 and 40 storey buildings being build in the neighbouring community of Brentwood right beside residential. I understand densification and agree with it within reason. However having buildings of 20-40 stories right beside residential is not reasonable. Also I did my own shadow study based on your location and proposed height, myself and several other residents will be getting a shadow from your building. Doing a study only when the sun is the highest is not being honest with the public.

        If you don’t have any concerns with the shadow your building is projecting then you should put the highest part of your building on the south west corner of your lot so you will cast the shadow on your lot first and minimize the shadow on the residential area.

        • Admin
          Posted at 16:09h, 22 March Reply

          Hi Cheryl – Thanks for clarifying. We wanted to make sure we were clear on the building heights for this project in Dalhousie and that we were talking about the same thing. In terms of shadow studies, we have done one for March and September, which is the standard, to show where shadows fall (please see the gallery on the website). We’d be happy to go over the studies with you and review information you have to see what your research is showing and how that might differ. In terms of building placement, we have taken down your suggestion and will look to see if that fits into other requirements of the site and design. We appreciate the feedback and the ideas – please connect with us if you’d like to discuss things further.

  • Geoffrey Gordon
    Posted at 13:57h, 10 January Reply

    I have reviewed the concepts and ideas provided here and I think this project looks great! A redeveloped commercial and retail project that will revitalize the fairly tired area it currently occupies and give us an amazing new walkable destination…and a great new Co-op similar to the other redesigned stores we have been through in Calgary that are absolutely great.

    I would counter here and say well done, I certainly look forward to this project becoming a reality, enhancing what is already one of Calgary’s best communities.

    • Admin
      Posted at 16:15h, 10 January Reply

      Thank you for your comments, Geoffrey! we appreciate you taking the time to let us know your thoughts

  • Marlene MacDonald
    Posted at 11:49h, 05 June Reply

    Love the look and the concept. Am looking forward to this project starting. A much needed face-lift to an old and tired looking area. Really looking forward to our new store.

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