Kensington is a Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ) in Calgary, Alberta, focused around the intersection of Kensington Road and 10th St. NW, also known as the Kensington-Louise Crossing Business Association. It resides primarily in the neighbourhoods originally referred to as Hillhurst and Sunnyside. It is located immediately north of downtown and the Bow River and is easily reached by most of the city's major access routes.
Kensington has seen a revival over the past few years with a host of new residential development by local Calgary builders. Kensington by Bucci, St Johns by Streetside, and LIDO by Batistella will add over 20,000 sq.ft. of new street level retail as well as approximately 240 residential condo-style homes to the neighbourhood. Kensington is a lively area with many independent shops, restaurants and pubs.
The area was owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway and pioneer rancher Ezra Riley at the beginning of the 20th century, when Riley Park was used for horse pasture. The oldest building still standing is the Plaza Theater, built in the 1920s.
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