CMLC, Germain Hotels and AVI Group break ground on co-developed hospitality project

Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) – the organization leading the redevelopment of East Village and the Rivers District – has gathered with development partners Group Germain Hotels and Homes by Avi Group of Companies to break ground for a new Alt Hotel at the corner of Confluence Way and 6th Avenue SE.

Building on the success of Le Germain Hotel Calgary at the corner of Centre Street and 9th Avenue SW – their first hospitality project in Calgary – Québec City’s Group Germain Hotels has partnered with local builder Homes by Avi to deliver the $40 million Alt Hotel project that will begin welcoming guests in 2018.

The 11-storey hotel will offer 155 pet-friendly rooms and 5,000 square feet of meeting space. Designed by LEMAYMICHAUD Architecture Design, the Alt will be a colourful designer hotel with plenty of natural light throughout the building, including all meeting space. Its large, loft-style windows will delight guests with stunning views of the Bow and Elbow Rivers, downtown Calgary and many of the amenities and activities that have turned the formerly downtrodden neighbourhood into one of Calgary’s most compelling destinations. The lobby will face RiverWalk Plaza and St. Patrick’s Island park.

The first phase of the project will be three levels of underground parking. Construction of the parking structure will be managed by Homes by Avi Group of Companies, a partner in the development. 

“By developing a three-story parkade beneath a new Alt Hotel in East Village, Group Germain Hotels and Homes by Avi support their desire to offer high-quality hotel accommodation along with a parkade structure under separate ownership that provides parking both for the hotel’s needs and for visitors and residents in the area. The parkade will also help address East Village’s transitional parking needs as surface parking lots are redeveloped to more intensive uses,” says Susan Veres, senior vice president, strategy & business development at CMLC.

After Homes by Avi completes the parkade – a construction program expected to take approximately 10 to 12 months – Group Germain Hotels will begin above-ground construction of the hotel building. Another CMLC partner, Widewaters Group, is currently completing a dual-branded Hilton Hotel project in East Village that is scheduled to open later this year.

Imagined as a mixed-use, amenity-rich master-planned neighbourhood in the downtown core, East Village will be home to more than 11,000 residents upon completion in 2027. With local amenities like RiverWalk, St. Patrick’s Island, the New Central Library, National Music Centre and an urban shopping centre, East Village has become a highly desirable neighbourhood in Calgary’s downtown core.

 For more information about CMLC and its redevelopment successes in East Village, visit www.calgarymlc.ca.

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