After almost exactly four years, Calgary developer Maple Projects Inc. is moving ahead with a mixed-use development on the city’s Highland Park golf course site in north Calgary.
Maple Projects bought the 420-acre property in May 2013. The company is well known in Calgary as a residential and hotel developer, whose projects include the Uno and Ten multi-family projects.
The developer’s plan to build 2,000 housing units and commercial space on the former golf links was approved by Calgary city council on March 20.
The plan was green-lighted despite protest by area residents who were concerned about density and potential flooding. Maple Projects has been involved with community discussion on the project since late in 2013 and had tweaked the density and amount of park space to address concerns.
Maple Projects president Ajay Nehru said he is relieved by council’s decision. “We’re open to refinements as we go,” he said. “I think what’s been approved is a win-win for everybody because the community gets a very large green space, 33 per cent of the site is actually going to be public green space, and that, to me, is a win.”