Parking situation at Oakridge Co-op should improve soon
With construction of Oakridge Crossing fully underway, Oakridge residents have noticed the number of available parking spots have been significantly reduced. But the lack of parking should ease soon, according to Calgary Co-op’s CEO.
“Construction is proceeding in a phased approach to minimize disruption to our members and the surrounding community,” Ken Keelor said. “While parking interruptions will occur throughout the project, the phase we are currently in is experiencing the highest volume of parking interruptions and should be completed soon. We will continue to work towards providing alternate parking arrangements.”
Construction on the new food store is expected to begin in 2023 and the overall project is expected to be completed in 2026. According to Calgary Co-op, this will include:
• a more efficient and modern Calgary Co-op food centre
• exploring the possibility of incorporating a green rooftop space
• community meeting space
• safer connections to area pathways
Construction now underway
Construction on this project is began on March 22nd, 2021. The re-development of the Oakridge Co-op will incorporate mixed-use retail, residential and office spaces, while creating sustainable green initiatives and modernized infrastructure.
According to Darci-Jane McAulay, Communications Advisory for Calgary Co-op, the site will be developed in a staged-approach to minimize disruption to the community. During construction, the food store, gas station, car wash, liquor store, cannabis store, Boston Pizza, A&W and other retail and medical services will remain open.
This phase will include upgrades to the road, parking lot, site servicing and also a new retail building. Initially there will be some on-site work for the new two-storey tenants building north of the Boston Pizza. Once completed, tenants of the existing mall will move to this new building. Offsite service upgrades will take place along Oakmoor Drive throughout 2021.
The new Co-op grocery store construction will start where the existing mall stands in Phase 2, tentatively scheduled for 2022. The Co-op grocery store will move into the new location and the existing grocery store building will be demolished during Phase 3 in 2023.
The entire project is scheduled to be completed by 2026.