The Tsuut’ina Nation is about to capitalize on land along the South West leg of the Ring Road by constructing a series of multi-billion dollar projects.
The area west and south of the Grey Eagle Casino, which is where the Ring Road will be constructed, is where three vital commercial developments will be built by the First Nation according to Chief Roy Whitney who held a press conference earlier this week. In partnership with Canderel, a large real estate development firm, the three projects will be called Tsuut’ina Park, Crossing and Centre each with a particular business focus.
What each development will offer
Tsuut’ina Park will be 500-acres in size and will be on the south side of Glenmore Trail. The purpose of the Park will be to support and complement the Grey Eagle Resort and casino with a hospitality and entertainment focus. There will be space for retail stores at Tsuut’ina Park as well.
Further south will be Tsuut’ina Crossing, planned for the east side of the ring road just west of the Oakridge neighbourhood to the south of the Weaselhead stretching west to Southland Drive. The Crossing will be approximately 360 acres in size and will feature retail stores, office space and open spaces with access to nearby trails and parks. Current plans are to build a campus for innovation and research.
Next to that will be the future Tsuut’ina Centre which will be situated south of Bullhead Road where the administration offices for the Nation are and will be a 380 acre development. This area will serve as a shopping complex.
What it will mean for Tsuut’ina
In promoting approval of the Ring Road among First Nations members, Tsuut’ina leaders spoke of what could be done along the proposed route of the freeway touting the long-term benefits and positive impact any development would have for the community.
Chief Roy Whitney said completion of the three business parks would mean that Tsuut’ina would have the largest development of its kind on First Nations land in the country. Income from the developments will sustain the community for years to come, providing opportunity for future generations to flourish without having to leave their home.
Working with the City of Calgary
The Tsuut’ina Nation is the only reserve lands in the country that share a border with a municipality as large as Calgary. Mayor Naheed Nenshi said the developer chosen by Tsuut’ina First Nation will work alongside the City of Calgary and offered praise for the trio of proposed developments noting that they will add tremendous value for Calgarians living on Calgary’s West side, between Glenmore Trail and Fish Creek Park. That includes the communities of Lakeview, Lakeview Village, Oakridge, Cedarbrae and Woodbine which lie directly to the east of the Ring Road/Stoney Trail as it makes its way south to join Highway 22X.
Construction on these ambitious projects as laid out by the Chief is expected to start in 2018 or 2019.
Clearing and scraping has begun on land south of Sarcee Trail in preparation of road construction set to begin this fall. A history of Calgary’s Ring Road project and construction update can be found here.