Seton's amenities a draw to Calgary's south

08/10/2015

By Jacqueline Louie, Calgary Herald

Ease of access to everything he needs was key in Curtis Hodge’s decision to buy a new home in southeast Calgary.

Hodge, 28, picked up an 897-square-foot condo in Cranston Ridge by Cardel Lifestyles, located in Cranston, which is just across Deerfoot Trail from  amenity-rich Seton.

“I like that everything is super convenient. My bank and my grocery store are literally beside each other.” says Hodge, who works in medical administration and moved to Cranston in order to be closer to the South Health Campus, where he would eventually like to  work.

“It’s a very bike friendly community, a family-oriented community, it’s got a lot of green space, a lot of parks. It’s got easy access out to the mountains because it’s right by Highway 22X, which is a huge plus,” Hodge says. “It’s quiet, convenient and it’s out of the downtown hustle and bustle.”

Seton’s retail and amenities have been designed to serve surrounding southeast Calgary communities, as well as Seton itself.

“This will offer them the choice of that urban lifestyle outside of downtown Calgary,” says Elton Ma, director, Calgary commercial with Brookfield Residential, which is developing Seton.

Seton’s first phase, now open, includes the 130,000-square-foot LEED certified Gateway Retail District, which has a wide range of shops and services, including Save On Foods, TD Bank, BMO, Shoppers Drug Mart, Petro Canada, and Good Earth Café (which is open 24 hours a day), and medical services. In additional to national brands, you will also find unique eateries such as Starbelly, Fatburger, Buffalo Wild Wings Express, and Tommy Fields Gastro Pub.

Seton is also a health hub, home to the South Health Campus, and a City of Calgary multi-services facility.

And there is more to come, with new developments set to open later this year:

* Seton Seniors Community by AgeCare, with 300-plus units of supportive living is slated to open this summer. Future phases will bring on another 150 units of assisted living or age-restricted seniors’ condos.

* Opening at the end of the year is the Marriott’s dual branded hotel, the Courtyard Marriott and Residence Inn, featuring short term and extended stay offerings with 225 rooms.

* Also opening later this year is a Real Canadian Superstore, featuring a 100,000-square-foot grocery store and 4,000-square-foot liquor store and gas bar.

This fall, a number of new projects will begin construction:

* Calgary’s first VIP theatre by Cineplex, featuring a number of screens for theatre goers ages 18 and up, with upgraded food and alcoholic beverage offerings, pre-reserved seating and lounge facilities, with opening set for 2016.

* The City of Calgary’s Seton Regional Recreation Facility and Public Library, a 330,000-square-foot facility, will include a leisure pool, competition lane pool, diving, two ice rinks, three gymnasiums, theatre, daycare, and more. It will be operated by the YMCA, with a projected opening in 2018.

* The North Retail District will be a continuum of Seton’s retail offering, featuring another 200,000 square feet of retail space, with construction expected to start later this fall, and opening slated for 2017.

* A 100,000-square-foot medical office is scheduled to open in early 2017, next to the South Health Campus.

* In 2016, Brookfield plans to break ground with the future community of South Seton, which will include a full range of residential offerings from single family to multi-family, and from starter through to move up and estate homes.

Ma expects that land servicing in Seton will be completed by 2022, with another several years of development until final build out, when Seton is expected to feature a total of one million square feet of retail and 1.5 million square feet of office space, and approximately 1,300 multifamily residential homes.