The population of Calgary’s Deep South communities is growing, and with that comes new schools, services and retail stores to support this rapidly expanding part of the city. The communities of Cranston, Auburn Bay, Mahogany, and Seton, New Brighton and Copperfield are seeing new amenities open nearby almost weekly, as their numbers continue to grow. The South Health Campus was the first major project completed. It was the beginning to a massive list of projects.
‘If you build it they will come’ was the line from the movie Field of Dreams. I would say that rather, in this case, people have already arrived, creating the demand for the development of new schools, numerous retail centres, and other amenities such as recreation and entertainment facilities. Take a look what has been happening in the Deep South:
According to the City 2016 census, Cranston grew by almost 1000 people, to just over 18,000 people. That represents almost a doubling of the population in less than a decade. Auburn Bay grew by about 1400 to 14,559, and Mahogany to 7000 and rapidly growing. While Cranston and Auburn Bay are nearing the end of their growth phase from a new home standpoint, population will continue to grow simply from young families expanding. Mahogany will continue to gain population over the next decade, as it is the newest of communities. Look for other new communities south of Seton to begin next. This brings us to an vital component of any growing community; schools.
There has been an explosion of new schools opened or opening in all of these communities, in both the Public and Catholic systems. More than almost anything else, people are drawn to new communities where their children can attend local schools. New schools have opened last fall or this January in Cranston, Auburn Bay, McKenzie Towne, New Brighton and Copperfield. Here is a list:
Auburn Bay School K-4, Copperfield School K-4, New Brighton School K-4, Dr George Stanley 4-8 (eventually to 9) in Cranston, Dr Martha Cohen 5-9 in Copperfield/New Brighton, and McKenzie Highlands School 4-9 in McKenzie Towne.
St Marguerite K-6 in New Brighton, Our Lady of the Rosary K-6 in Cranston, Prince of Peace K-9 in Auburn Bay.
In addition to these, there is a planned Catholic K-6 in Mahogany for 2018, the new Public High School is under construction in Seton for 2018, and plans for a Catholic High school for the Seton/Rangeview are under way. Wow. That’s a lot of schools, teachers and families, all badly needed. Cranston had two existing schools, so it now has four schools in total. McKenzie Towne also had two existing schools.
Auburn Station opened in the fall of 2016. It includes Coop grocery, gas and liquor stores, a pub, and other food and retail outlets. Across 52nd Street the much larger Mahogany Village Market is taking shape, with new stores about to open, and many more nearing completion. Numerous banks, restaurants, two pubs, medical practices, and a Sobeys are scheduled to open this spring. Deep services are in and construction will begin on a large retail area west and south of the current Seton shopping area. Already confirmed for this area is a MEC store. Seton will be the commercial and retail hub for the Deep South in the coming years, and this new construction is proof that it is taking shape.
The Seton Recreation Centre is due to be completed in 2018, and is located south of the South Health Campus. The new Public High School is next to it. There will be 2 rinks, a water park, lane and dive pools, a gymnasium, theatre and library within the 330,000 square foot facility, run by the YMCA.
Cineplex Odeon just recently broke ground on an 11 screen theatre complex, directly north of Superstore in Seton. This is a much anticipated addition to the Deep South, as residents have been driving to Chinook or Shawnessy to see a movie. Once the new LRT Green Line is built out to Seton, residents will have retail, services, schools, and public transit to add value to their lives and the homes they own.
Calgary’s Deep South communities have been growing for many years, and these additions are finally providing residents the services they needed to live, work and play in their communities.