Background and Site Context
In the spring of 2018, the owners of Sunnyside Greenhouses Ltd. announced their plans to retire and sold the site to ONE Properties for future redevelopment.
ONE Properties acknowledges the significance of the closing of this Calgary landmark and intends to create a high-quality development in its place that enhances the community.
The project site is 15 acres and is located northeast of Sarcee Trail SW and the TransCanada Highway. It also borders an active railway line to the east. The site is unique because it:
- Has high visibility from two major transportation corridors (16th Avenue SW/TransCanada Highway and Sarcee Trail SW)
- Is directly adjacent to a railway line
- Borders existing commercial properties to the south
As part of the planning process the project team completed comprehensive studies of the site to best understand potential development opportunities and engaged the local community to learn about their aspirations for the Sunnyside Redevelopment Project. Following the Land Use Redesignation application submission in 2019, the land was successfully rezoned to allow for commercial, retail and residential development at the site.
The Sunnyside Redevelopment Project is envisioned to offer a variety of uses, including commercial retail and residential. Based on market research and site analysis, the new development could include:
… in Bowness
In the early stages of the planning process, ONE Properties completed empirical research which included an inventory of existing retail commercial space, analysis of existing customer patterns, and forecasted market growth in the area. Learnings from this study helped guide development of the site. The results showed that:
- There is a low vacancy rate in Bowness; while there are many established commercial properties in Bowness, there is no current opportunity for large format commercial without an epic land assembly.
- Existing retail is locally focused and cannot satisfy all of the demand. Approximately, 94% of supermarket expenditures are leaving Bowness.
- Demand supports multiple supermarkets; Trinity’s Save On Food and Melcor’s Farmers Market are not at risk.
- The site can attract new customers into Bowness from the Trans-Canada Highway, and potential opportunities for such users to cross-shop on Bowness Road.