A rendering of The Livery, a new building planned for Inglewood.
The community of Inglewood has retained a good number of its historic buildings, but as time makes it necessary to build new ones, it’s a delight to watch construction of a mixed-use building designed with so much respect for its neighbourhood.But then, it is a project of Jane Kerr who, with her family, has been responsible for renovating many of Inglewood’s character structures. So little wonder her first new build is true to the look of Inglewood while also looking to the future of what has become one of the city’s trendiest areas.Jane graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in veterinary medicine and moved to New York City to work. After returning to Calgary, she continued in animal medicine for a time but soon felt the inevitable pull to join her parents, John and Oreal, in the family businesses of Ansonia Properties and Ansonia Property Management.They have a number of properties around the city but their heart is in Inglewood where they own a number of significant buildings, including the Garry Theatre, Burn Block and Fraser Block.I first met the family after they purchased the National Hotel and were eager to show their plans to renovate it. Anyone who has eaten at The Nash, a sophisticated urban gathering place, must marvel at the new life given to the 1907, three-storey, wood-frame, yellow brick-clad structure with a checkered and colourful past.Adjoining it along 10th Avenue is a gem of a building that was built as the East End Livery Barn. On my tour with the Kerrs, I saw it had barely survived many years as an auction mart, still showing 50 rundown cattle stalls.They since fixed that up and, thanks to help from Chris Howard, vice-president of capital markets/retail at Avison Young, the red Livery Shop has been home to two successful Inglewood businesses — Camp Brand Goods and jewelry shop Coutukitsch for a number of years.When the time came for more space, they approached Jane and she purchased land to build them a new home right across the street, backing onto the railway tracks behind Crown Surplus Store.She had her own ideas for the look of a building complementary to the street and sought out Dustin Couzens and Ben Klumper and their team at MoDA (Modern Office of Design & Architecture) to design it.The result is The Livery, a modern take on heritage with a striking, double-peak shed roof structure wrapped in standing seam metal and bookended by sculptured brick.It’s interesting to note that the brick came from New York, left over from the new façade at The Nash building that has since been carefully stored at the Kerr family farm at Gull Lake, Sask.The retail ground floor will be a much larger home to Camp Brand Goods and Coutukitsch, with a large roll-up glass door leading out to the driveway aisle.Jane is a big fan of the Inglewood Night Markets during the summer months, and expects the driveway and parking lot at the rear to be a hot spot of entertainment and cultural events.The entire 3,000-square-foot second floor is being fitted out to welcome New World Interactive, another relationship through Chris Howard who helped bring the Denver-based award-winning video game developer to Calgary and into its studio in Inglewood.The Livery will be a dramatic addition to the ambience of Inglewood.Notes:Meals on Wheels delivered more than 460,000 meals to clients in need last year without missing a day of scheduled deliveries. But it wants to reach even more people who need a hand putting healthy, delicious meals on the table. To spread the word, it has launched a new campaign with support from local branding agency Daughter Creative, called Let Us Do The Cooking, with a series of advertisements on buses, billboards and in print. Meals on Wheels is ready to help whether navigating life with a new baby, unexpected or chronic illness, living with a disability, or simply the natural process of aging.David Parker appears regularly in the Herald. Read his columns online at calgaryherald.com/business. He can be reached at 403-830-4622 or by email at email@example.com.