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March 01, 2019

Hope at Large - Rangeview rising

Ollerenshaw family adds to its land development legacy with Rangeview

Marty Hope

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With its roots firmly entrenched in the agriculture legacy of the Ollerenshaw family, seeds have started to sprout with the recently-approved development of Rangeview.


With the municipal nod given its outline plan and land use re-designation in December, the development timelines show that this year will be finalizing servicing approvals and project commencement, with some grading possible. Next year will see that start of servicing infrastructure installation, and it won’t be until 2021 that
show homes will open and the grand opening of the community will be celebrated.

For those of you, and there are likely many, who don’t know of the hefty contributions to agriculture, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, sustainability, innovation, and land development, it was Ollerenshaw land that became the communities of Copperfield and Mahogany in the southeast quadrant of the city.

And like these two successful communities, Rangeview, by Section23 Developments, will come out of yet another piece of the family’s large holdings of farmland, this one next door to Seton.

Section23, by the way, was founded by company executive chairman Robert Ollerenshaw. And over the years it has become a diversified real estate collective specializing in architecture, land development, and housing.

Rangeview brings with it to the marketplace an Ollerenshaw family belief of “respecting the land, heritage, and the value of good design in creating environments that connect generations” and maintaining its decades-old ties to the farm, says Marion Murray, senior vice-president with Section23.

So, what is Rangeview all about?

It is situated on 320 acres south of 196 Avenue S.E. and east of 52nd Street S.E., immediately south of Mahogany that will hold nearly 3,000 homes of various styles and price points for a community of some 8,300 residents.

But, it’s going to be much more than a residential development.

“My father strongly believed agriculture had an important part to play and it needed to be recognized for its many contributions to our daily lives. He had a motto for his life: ‘Be sure to take care of the land and the land will take care of you,’” recalled Robert Ollerenshaw.

Rangeview has been described as Calgary’s first “garden-to-table community designed to nourish and inspire authentic living through food celebration,” says Murray. “It will become a vibrant and social gathering place for neighbours to connect surrounded by amenity-rich residential living, community gardens, and food
production.”

Much like a linear park, Rangeview will have a long, wide greenway area dedicated to garden plots, green spaces, and greenhouses that can be used by residents for growing their own food, and for providing educational opportunities for them and their children. Food production and gardening on private and public lands, and
related programs, will be professionally managed through a homeowners’ association.

True to Ollerenshaw’s innovative bent, Rangeview will be the first such community in Alberta and one of just a few across Canada, according to Murray.

“But,” she emphasizes, “it will still have the look of a suburban community.”

In that regard, Rangeview will focus on affordability and lifestyle, with a product mix covering various demographics and will include apartment-style condos, street-oriented townhomes, and single-detached homes with detached or attached garages — about 56 per cent of homes will be single-family and another 19 per cent is open space. There will be a school as well as passive and active recreation areas and naturalized wetlands. For more information on Rangeview visit section23.com.

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