"Opening this historic lumber building as a neighbourhood hub for arts and community groups will activate the vacant historic asset and enliven this area of downtown for Calgarians to enjoy," said Deeter Schurig, President and CEO, cSPACE Projects.
The historic Eau Claire & Bow River Lumber building will once again be a place where Calgarians can come together with the opening of the Neighbourhood Hub. The City of Calgary is partnering with cSPACE Projects and community groups to bring activations and programming to this historic building until the summer of 2024.
cSPACE Eau Claire Neighbourhood Hub is a place for arts, culture and under-served community groups without space to gather, and for creative happenings to occur. This new initiative will help enliven the downtown core through the occupation of the historic Eau Claire Lumber Company building.
In the cultural heart of Downtown, the Eau Claire Neighbourhood Hub will support cultural vibrancy and support thriving communities. Supporting downtown vibrancy is at the core of our Downtown Strategy, which is working to reinvent downtown Calgary through community programming, improving safety and security, and by investing in public realm infrastructure and amenities that will make downtown a vibrant and attractive destination to visit, live and work.
The Neighbourhood Hub became an opportunity to create vibrancy in the community while construction of the Eau Claire Area Improvements is underway. The Neighbourhood Hub supports our goals towards building more resilient and vibrant communities that support future growth and development for the people who live, work, visit and travel the area.
The Eau Claire & Bow River Lumber Co. was established in Calgary in 1886, so to ensure the space was ready for use, it was fitted with accessible ramps, an attractive outside deck area, and inviting lighting to support the Neighbourhood Hub's temporary use.
The Eau Claire & Bow River Lumber Co. was established in Calgary in 1886