Residents fear demolition

Post date: Jun 15, 2010 12:50:53 PM

The following story on the Calgary Sun's website talks about Lakeview's concern that house may have to be destroyed in Lakeview to make way for a southwest ring road. Check out the original story here in order to read the comments from Calgary Sun readers.


June 14, 2010 1:02pm

The president of the Lakeview Community Association fears more than 20% of the neighbourhood’s homes could be torn down to make way for the southwest ring road.

A two-year study into options for the southwest ring road is still in the works, after the Tsuu T’ina First Nation voted against a deal that would have cut through reserve land.

The next-best choice for a route would most likely be 37 St. S.W., and Duncan Kent, president of the Lakeview Community Association, said he’s been told between 500 and 700 homes would have to be levelled to create a sharp turn through Lakeview from Glenmore Tr. to 37 St. S.W. to accommodate the potential eight-lane freeway.

“The shape of the turn is one great big question mark,” he said, adding some churches and apartments could be affected as well.

“Where it hits 37 St. S.W. you’d have to plow into houses there.”

The province says nothing has been decided yet in terms of demolishing houses along 37 St. S.W.

Alberta Transportation spokeswoman Tammy Forbes said the study should be complete in 2011 but as with any review, the public will be consulted.

“Of course this is a unique section of the ring road because we don’t have an established transportation corridor so it is more complex,” she said.

“It may take longer to look at all the options, but the same process applies — the public will be consulted.”

She said no routes or decisions have yet been made.

“Any numbers would be speculation,” she said.

But Kent said the residents have yet to be asked for input and believes there must be some preliminary conceptual sketches the province can show the community, which includes 2,285 homes.

“We are incredulous,” he said.

“We believe they must have some sort of idea.

“They are hiding away in some sort of back room and cooking something up.”

He said that uncertainty has left many residents wondering if they should stop investing in their homes.

“A lot of my neighbours are asking, ‘Should I spend money on landscaping my yard if they’re going to put a freeway through it?’ or ‘Should I sell’ and ‘Will it even sell?’” he said.

“Why are they keeping us in the dark for so long?”

The province and the city signed a memorandum of understanding in December to conduct the two-year study.