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Postby newsposter » Fri Sep 23, 2011 2:32 pm

Link to Nov. 10, 2010 Project Brewery Event at the "Blues Can" ... b747a7aec8
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Postby newsposter » Fri Sep 23, 2011 2:35 pm

:!: Progress report on the brewery site from the owners:

For immediate release
September 23, 2011

Past and present brewing up a recipe for future development

(Calgary, AB) To local residents, passersby, and the public in general it may not appear as if there are any visible signs of major activity or change at the former Calgary Brewing & Malting Company site in the community of Inglewood, but appearances are definitely deceiving! Not only is the brewery site’s two-year Historic Resource Impact Assessment (HRIA) in advanced stages of completion, there are now also thoughts to future redevelopment on a much larger scale.

In June 2009, an HRIA was mandated by the Government of Alberta following an application to bring down a small portion of the original brewery site, including a set of dilapidated structures with increasing structural integrity issues which pose a safety concern for the entire site. The proposed demolition created a significant amount of unexpected attention and publicity around the proposal designed to address safety concerns. On a positive note, AECO Holdings Ltd. is pleased to report that these studies have provided valuable information which will aid in understanding the site’s history and heritage, and its potential to be a vibrant, active addition to the area in the future.

AECO engaged Simpson Roberts Architecture Ltd., one of the most highly regarded historical preservation specialists in Alberta, to conduct the study which is nearing the advanced stage of data collection and detailed inventory cataloguing required to complete the HRIA. Iain G. McCorkindale, VP Real Estate Development of Matco Investments Ltd. representing site owner AECO reports, “Due to the many physical constraints within the compromised buildings, this has proven to be a very labour intensive and comprehensive process, but a critical piece of the puzzle to identify elements and themes of historical significance in relation to the site’s industrial use and activity”.

McCorkindale further reports that in conjunction with the HRIA, U.S.-based Sasaki Associates Inc., a leading, world class planning and urban design group, has been engaged as prime consultant to create a master plan that includes the former brewery site. McCorkindale observes that “Inglewood is a community primed for redevelopment given its proximity to Calgary’s downtown and the unique character of the community”. “As our new city council seeks to increase inner city densities and combat Calgary’s suburban sprawl, the creation of a comprehensive master plan, while a significant investment, was considered to be the appropriate way to address the former brewery’s heritage, and to put in place plans to repurpose obsolete industrial uses that are no longer compatible with the community”.

“It’s exciting to consider potential development options for the site; especially given the re-generation potential and connection to the local community. Although at a very early stage, we are confident that we have the right team in place to develop concepts that will be both economically feasible and in line with the needs of the local community,” concludes McCorkindale.

“It’s an important project for the community and for Calgary. Not only do we want to ensure a thoughtful, engaged and thorough process but the ability to capture the best and brightest concepts of mixed-use development and urban design is just as critical,” adds Eileen Stan, Development Program Manager who has been heavily involved in the project since 2009 and is now overseeing the master plan. “To accomplish this we sought out top design firms to compete for the opportunity to develop and achieve the best solution for this site.” Sasaki and their team, including local subconsultants Kasian Architecture and BSEI, have already commenced working on assembling background studies and baseline site information for the master plan.

Although the past and the future are key focus items driven by the HRIA process, present activities and contributions to the community are considered just as important. The site includes many tenants and businesses that have been operating successfully and contributing to the local economy by generating employment, as the site has done consistently for over 100 years. Any viable potential re-generation options will continue to respect these social and economic influences to the community.

AECO Holdings Ltd. is a privately held business corporation located in Calgary, Alberta which owns the former Calgary Brewery and Malting Company site. Matco Investments Ltd. is also a privately held business corporation located in Calgary, Alberta and is acting as the Owner’s Representative on behalf of AECO Holdings Ltd.

More about Sasaski Associates Inc.: Sasaki is an interdisciplinary design firm with offices in Boston and San Francisco who has recently received top ranking by Architecture Magazine in 2011 as one of top US architectural firms, most notably for their master planning work. The firm also led the development of the Master Plan for The University of Calgary’s West Campus Lands. More information about the firm may be found at:

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For more information, please contact:
Eileen A. Stan
Development Program Manager
Matco Investments Ltd.
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Postby newsposter » Sat Sep 24, 2011 6:36 am

See the above for press release from the owners ^

Brewing new life at Molson plant
Development plan in works for historic site

By Sean Myers, Calgary Herald
September 24, 2011

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Seventeen years after the brewery in Inglewood produced its last bottles of beer for Molson, a plan for a massive redevelopment of the site is being drawn up.

The final draft of a historic assessment ordered by the province two years ago is being completed and the owner of the site has hired a U.S. design firm to start drafting a conceptual plan.

"We are moving forward with a significant redevelopment project and looking forward to engaging the local community, and the broader community as well, in the near future," said Eileen Stan, development program manager for Matco Investments, representing owner AECO Holdings. "Hopefully in the next few months."

AECO Holdings, headed by financier Ron Mathison, had applied for demolition permits for some of the more dilapidated buildings on the site, but in 2009 the provincial Department of Culture and Community Spirit ordered a Historic Resource Impact Assessment instead.

Calgary-based architec-tural firm Simpson Roberts is finalizing that assessment, which includes a detailed inventory of the buildings and features on the four-hectare site.

The brewery was opened in 1893 under A.E. Cross and closed under the ownership of Molson in 1994.

It is considered one of the most important historic buildings in Canada and any development plans will have to be approved by the province, especially any proposal to demolish or alter the older structures.

"It's one of Alberta's premier heritage properties and it was actually identified by Canadian Heritage as one of the top 10 heritage properties in the country," said Parker Hogan, spokesman for Alberta Culture and Community Spirit.

"It appears they've done a very thorough job, they've engaged professionals in the field to do all of this work," Hogan said.

"I think this shows a very dramatic and a very positive milepost for the renewal not only of the brewery site, but in the larger community of Inglewood."

No decisions have been made on whether any of the structures might have to come down, but the derelict state of some of the buildings led AECO to seek a demolition permit two years ago.

Hogan said any request to destroy or alter structures would be met with resistance, but he wouldn't rule out possible demolition if sections can't be saved.

The old brewery provides a window on industrial construction at the turn of the 20th century, but Bob van Wegen, vice-president of the Calgary Heritage Initiative Society, said some alterations may be acceptable.

"We don't expect the site to be a museum piece," said van Wegen.

"We expect there's going to have to be changes on the site, that's what adaptive reuse is about."

Van Wegen said that while he's open to some structural changes, he would have to see the proposal before could say if he'd been for or against demolition.

"Everyone's eager to see that site become a very well used, very profitable and very significant place in the city of Calgary and the community of Inglewood," said Ald. Gian-Carlo Carra, former president of the Inglewood Community Association and a member of conservationist group Project Brewery.

"The big question was, you can't just go knocking down buildings willy-nilly.

"We know that intelligent and thoughtful historical preservation is actually a money-maker for the private sector.

"I'm excited to see the historical resource assessment and I'm perfectly happy to live with what it says."

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Postby newsposter » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:17 am

New life about to bubble at site of historic brewery

By Paula Arab, Calgary Herald
September 29, 2011 8:33 AM

Crack open the champagne, or, ale. Calgary is getting its own version of Toronto's Distillery District, an acclaimed urban village that transformed dozens of dilapidated Victorian-era industrial buildings into one of Ontario's hottest neighbourhoods.

Calgary's Brewery Flats in Inglewood is headed in the same direction, albeit, on a much smaller scale.

It was the Distillery District that came to mind when I toured the 119-yearold Calgary Brewing and Malting Company site two years ago, after the owner requested demolition permits for five historic buildings; damaged, but still rich in character.

I could easily envision how the city's first brewery, and one of Calgary's first industries, could be transformed into a mixed-use residential, commercial, art and culture space, much as other former industrial sites (known as brownfields) in cities around the world have been redeveloped. Each model is unique, but all share the often bold fusing of old with the new, creating a space that harkens back to the horse and buggy days, but in colour.

It seemed Calgary's postindustrial vibrant urban village would never materialize when owner AECO Holdings sought the contentious demolition permit in the absence of development plans for the Class A heritage site. The writing was on the (hand-dressed but crumbling) sandstone wall: Calgary history would again be torn down and the story doomed to repeat itself.

The province intervened and ordered a historic resources impact assessment, but as time passed, and nothing happened, it looked like this would be another demolition by neglect scenario.

Not any more.

"The demolition permit application is no longer active," says Eileen Stan, development program manager for Matco Investments, which is representing AECO Holdings. "It has expired and we're not addressing that at this point in time. We're exploring a larger plan now."

Why the change of heart? "We just sat back and said if we're going to be doing this, we're going to be doing it in a very thoughtful way.

We're going to put together a strategy for redevelopment . . . and it's going to be something that's successful and economically feasible," she said. "It's going to add value, both culturally, socially and economically to the community."

The development will align with the city's larger planning goals to create a walkable urban district with good public transit options, higher density and opportunity for more art space.

The original plant played such a significant role in the early Calgary community, the area around it became known as Brewery Flats, a name that has a nice ring still today, for the authenticity it conjures up, along with images of loft-style condos, patio-hopping and a glass of ale at the gorgeous Tudor Revival-style pub in the original brew house.

Brewery Flats was a community that centred around the importance of its employer, A.E. Cross, who kept people working in good times and in bad, even through the Great Depression. Rather than fire people, the Cross family put them to work building the Brewery Gardens, trout ponds and a fish hatchery.

AECO Holdings hired Sasaki Associates out of Boston to develop the master plan, whose exhaustive portfolio includes Beijing's 798 Arts District, considered to be at the heart of China's creative culture.

The local architect is award winning Lorne Simpson, acclaimed as a heritage conservation expert whose work includes restoring the Lougheed House and the Lougheed Building.

James Miner, Sasaki's principal on the revitalization project, said the two examples that could be considered models are Toronto's Distillery District and Portland's Brewery Blocks, a five-block shopping and professional district in a post-industrial neighbourhood.

Unlike either, which had ample historic buildings in tact, the Calgary site is more like fragments of the past that must be pulled together. For instance, there is a stand-alone smoke stack, which is iconic, but doesn't lend itself easily to reuse. Those buildings that could be more readily restored into functioning space have less obvious historic significance.

"If you go and stand on the site today, without having the benefit of someone like Lorne Simpson, who has done a lot of work understanding how the site evolved over time, it's not obvious where the old pieces are," Miner told me this week. "It's hard to pick out the connections to that history, as singular pieces of architecture, the way that you can, say, in Toronto."

Another interesting element is the water table below ground, which pumps pure water through an artesian well used for making the beer.

"It's very clean and it's right there. You have a pure water source that you don't want to disturb," said Miner.

Weaving those remnants of the past into a tapestry attractive enough to draw people today is both the great challenge and the opportunity.

"What do you do with an artesian well? I don't know, but there's lots of ways we can think about it. How do you connect all of those pieces with each other, and with whatever comes next?"

The prospect makes my mouth water for more details. Here's a toast to the future of Brewery Flats, and one that successfully incorporates its rich past.

Paula Arab is a Herald columnist and editorial writer.

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Postby newsposter » Sat Oct 08, 2011 12:21 pm

Something's brewing in Inglewood

By Marty Hope, Calgary Herald
October 7, 2011

It’s happening.

What may seem like a derelict historic site in Inglewood is anything but.

Right now, though, most of the activity is happening away from the curious eyes of the public as the historic resource impact assessment of the former Calgary Brewing and Malting Co site nears completion.

“There are now thoughts to future development on a much larger scale,” says Eileen Stan, development program manager for Matco Investments Ltd...

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Postby newsposter » Fri Dec 23, 2011 3:42 pm

Cross-post to a discussion about the 1960 Calgary Aquarium building / Horseman's Hall of Fame on the brewery site. Currently home to a great beer and wine store, Zyn. Go visit! ... =2701#2701
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Postby newsposter » Fri Dec 23, 2011 5:20 pm

Great to see that Calgary Beer with the classic buffalo label is back on sale in Calgary. You can pick it up at Zyn on the old brewery site. Not sure about other places...

More on this:

Calgary beer released for Stampede centennial
20,000 cases made to mark city's heritage
By Bryan Weismiller, Calgary Herald July 4, 2012 An iconic piece of Calgary's boozy past has been brought back in time for the centennial of the Stampede...
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Postby newsposter » Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:40 am

Keep the thread current, here is a link to the posting regarding the March 22, 2012 talk by Lorne Simpson: ... =3165#3165
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Postby newsposter » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:40 pm

One of the first events of Historic Calgary Week, starting July 27, is a tour of Calgary Brewing and Malting. For more on Historic Calgary Week, go to

July 27, 7-8:30 pm
Calgary Brewing and Malting Co.

Conservation Architect Lorne Simpson presents a review of Inglewood's former Calgary Brewing and Malting Co. industrial plant site. He will talk about the development and evoloution of this industrial complex including aspects of ownership, what was produced, growth and changes in the plant as it adapted to market conditions, government regulation of the industry, and the Cross family's relationship to the community. It is an active industrial site and some areas are restricted; wear appropriate footwear.

Meet at: Parking lot in front of Zyn wine store, 1543 - 17th Avenue SE (Just off of 9th Avenue SE at the old brewery).
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Postby newsposter » Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:47 am

This summer the company that owns the brewery site, Matco Investments, launched a new company, M2i Development Corp. to develop its various properities. It is currently working on Inglewood area projects, including Riverside Quays. The brewery site is also in its portfolio (in association with AECO Holdings, a Matco company), though there are apparently no immediate plans there. Here is a link:
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Re: Calgary Brewery News

Postby Admin » Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:34 pm

In early October this ad has appeared, advertising partial reuse, and partial demoltion of the former Calgary (Inglewood) Brewery. This plan appears to involve demolition of approximately 1/4 of the site buildings.

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