When Calgary-based developer JEMM Properties was founded in 2016, the four partners decided to focus on progressive urban development in established communities.
Led by Edan Lindenbach, Martin Langlois, Lesleigh Russell and Paul Lafleur, JEMM actively promotes car-free living for tenants by pushing for transport-oriented design and alternatives to car ownership.
On June 27, a ribbon will be cut at the latest venture, Bridge at Bridgeland, which reflects that lifestyle with proximity to Bridgeland/Memorial LRT, oversized custom-designed double bike lockers, e-bike charging stations and renters access to a fleet of e-vehicles.
Designed by Zeidler Architecture and built by ITC Construction Group, Bridge – at 950 McPherson Square, NE – offers 285 purpose-built rental suites, a mix of studios and one and two bedroom apartments in a multi-storey building. The single building consists of a 16-storey tower on the northeast corner, an 11-storey wing on the south and a seven-storey wing on the west. At the main lobby, the building height drops to two floors next to an outdoor plaza.
When the first tenants are welcomed on July 1, they will find a number of distinctive amenities, including a huge 12 . on the southe floor outdoor gathering area with fire pit, commercial BBQ, lounge and landscaping, with beautiful views of the Bow River and downtown. And the pet-friendly development features an outdoor synthetic turf exercise area for pets on the 8″e floor.
Good use is made of modern technology, with a dedicated podcast room, fresh air intakes in all suites, a highly efficient heat pump system that reduces daily energy costs for tenants, and 1Valet virtual concierge Smart Building technology. 1Valet is an operating system that combines hardware, software and services to make residential buildings better places to live and work. They can control lighting, temperature, humidity and other parameters, and give residents and their visitors digital access with a mobile phone.
The ground floor of the tower along 9e Street will house a 6,500-square-foot cafe and gym, provided by Anytime Fitness.
There is also a strong art story that has developed at Bridge. JEMM has partnered with the City of Calgary to bring Wishing Well – a multi-sensory and interactive artwork – to Bridgeland.
Originally located in the Genesis Center, it will be moved to its new home overlooking the northeast public plaza across from Murdoch Park.
“This was a real partnership with the city and the community, and together we found a viable way to get this spectacular sculpture out of storage,” said Lindenbach, head of spatial planning and development at JEMM.
The $559,000 2,200 kilogram stainless steel spherical sculpture by San Francisco artists Living Lenses will foster an interesting level of conversation and connection between tenants and the Bridgeland community, but Lindenbach says Bridge will also feature extensive artwork throughout the interior, created by emerging local artists Alex Kwong, Michelle Hoogveld and Cory Nespor. On each floor of the 16-story tower, tenants are met with a different full mural.
JEMM Properties also has a 140-unit rental tower to be built at 9A Street in Sunnyside – called The Hive and designed by LOLA Architecture – and has a land use application in the city for another development on the same street.
• The 50e anniversary of Resicare Society of Calgary had to be canceled two years ago due to pandemic health restrictions. On Tuesday, the celebrations will take place at the annual general meeting in one of the group homes for people with disabilities. Speaker will be Doug Mair, director of wealth management at Richardson Wealth, whose parents, Frank and Marjorie, were part of the group of concerned parents who founded the association in 1970. Executive Director Maline Jenkinson has led the small, personable and successful organization since 1979. In addition to three group homes, it has an outreach support service that offers a variety of housing options based on the client’s individual need and choice.
• Jammed small home shredders are frustrating, but any number of papers can be shredded during the Rotary Club of Calgary’s Olympic event, held on June 18 on 27th Ave in 1815. NE, home of its shredding partner, Pulp shred. The money raised through donations goes to Immigrant Services Calgary.
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