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Start of development work on the American Adventure theme park site

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It’s a piece of land that will mean so much to so many people across the East Midlands who will have memories of the Runaway Train, the Missile, and the Rocky Mountain Rapids.

But the site of the old American Adventure Theme Park is being transformed into housing, shops, workplaces.

Led by Waystone Developments, roller coasters, fairground rides and even Silver City are to be replaced with residential properties, retirement homes, business units, and even a hotel and restaurant.

The only thing that will remain of the old park is the main lake around which it was built.

In their application document before obtaining the building permit, Waystone Developments described the project as follows: “The range of uses proposed in this application will provide a viable mixed-use development that will provide quality housing and a supply of employment opportunities as well as environmental and community benefits including health care and retirement provisions.

It puts an end to 45 years of use as purely recreational equipment at the site near Heanor.

In 1976, Shipley Country Park opened and covered the area around the old Shipley Hall, which had long been demolished.

In addition to the land around the Woodside and Coppice Collieries open pit mine site, plans have been set aside for a theme park type development adjacent to the national park.

Despite objections from local residents, Britannia Park opened in June 1985, but it didn’t last long, closing just two and a half months later.

Eventually, the land would be redeveloped again to make it what made it famous. It was in June 1987 that the American Adventure Theme Park opened for the first time.

The park has been constantly redeveloped and improved, adding rides along the way and attracting 622,000 people in 1991.

The likes of Grand Niagara Falls Rapids, The Missile, and the Space Port would be added over time with the live action shows in the Far West area of ​​Silver City.

Indeed, at one point, the log channel would show the steepest drop, at 83 feet, in the UK.

But the good times wouldn’t last forever and despite the addition of a double roller coaster loop in 1995, the park would start to decline in 1996.

By 1999, attendance had fallen to less than 500,000 per year and it didn’t take long for the park’s future to be called into question.

This question was asked in 2005, when three major rides closed, including Nightmare Niagara, The Missile, and Rocky Mountain Rapids.

Shots of current events development and location of old rides in theme park.

This forced a shift in focus for owners, from thrill seekers to family audiences, but at this point the writing was on the wall.

On January 4, 2007, the owners announced that the American Adventure theme park would not reopen for the upcoming season.

After this period, the site was left empty, the rides were dismantled and either scrapped or moved to other parks, leaving it a wasteland with a huge lake in the middle.

The land, which had been taken over by Derbyshire County Council was called “Shipley Lakeside” and was put up for sale shortly after the park closed in 2007.

In 2012, it was announced that a major development would take over the site housing housing, offices and leisure facilities.

However, the site turned out to be so popular with those who remembered the American Adventure theme park that a petition was started in 2017 to reopen it, but that did not happen and we now see that all the region is emerging as a massive new community.

Currently, Waystone says roads and earthworks are underway and the first homes are expected to be built in October or November 2021.

Covington to Restart IRS Site Development to ‘Get It Right’, Plans New Fire Hall, and More

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By Ryan Clark
NKyTribune journalist

COVINGTON – Chris Stapleton is from Kentucky and one of the most successful contemporary stars in country music. His latest single, the poignant “Starting Over”, set radio stations on fire, and it contains these verses:

“It may not be an easy time,
There are rivers to cross and hills to climb… ”


“Someday we’ll look back and smile.
And know that every mile was worth it.

That could perfectly describe what the Covington Commission thinks about the IRS Project, which they decided to rethink on Tuesday night at their regular caucus meeting.

Commissioners put three items on next week’s consent agenda that will wipe the slate clean and give them a new opportunity with the project:

• Rejected is a request for qualification for the removal of hazardous materials.

• Canceled is the request for qualification for demolition.

• Canceled is the request for qualifications for design and engineering services.

Acting City Manager Ken Smith apologized to those who had been considered for the jobs, and said officials needed to move forward in a way that “really reflects what the city needs and wants ”.

“I keep hearing that this is a once in a lifetime project,” Smith said. “Let’s do it right.”

The city bought the site in March for $ 20.5 million, and since then Covington has struggled to manage the project. They first entered into several demolition and design contracts when then-city manager David Johnston recommended certain options; the Commission decided not to follow these recommendations.

Then Johnston and the town went their separate ways for good two weeks ago. Perhaps it was no surprise, then, that the city decided to officially start over.

“No project is more important,” said Mayor Joseph U. Meyer at the time. “We only have a bite of an apple to get it right.”

New fire station

Due to the impending expiration of a grant, commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday night to approve the purchase of a property at 401 Crescent Avenue as the future home for a new fire station .

The purchase, which cost $ 500,000, had to be executed quickly because the city is eligible for a local government grant of $ 264,000 – a grant that expires on June 28. After approving the purchase, the city will pay $ 5,000 and sign a “condition sheet”. Which will allow authorities to do their due diligence on the property.

“In order to conserve funds, we have to act quickly,” Smith explained.

Thus, the city, which met in caucus Tuesday evening, interrupted this meeting and entered into legislative session to vote on this question, which was approved unanimously.

Commissioner Ron Washington said he recently visited the Company 2 site – and it wasn’t a good scene.

“It’s sub-standard,” he said.

Smith agreed. “It’s far from ideal.

“I’m glad we’re moving forward,” Washington said. “I am happy that we are purchasing this site. “

Scott Street Contract

Smith said the city has requested a “due diligence” extension in contact with the Scott Street property that the city is exploring as the future home of City Hall.

However, the city has yet to hear back from the owners on whether they will grant the extension. Smith said the city must continue to investigate the property and that if they don’t get a response from the owners, they will have to cancel the contract.

In May, commissioners agreed to purchase the properties at 620 and 622 Scott Streets, currently owned by the Gateway Community & Technical College Foundation, Inc., for $ 550,000 in hopes of building a new town hall. on the site.

The Scott Street sites were originally going to house the Gateway Urban Education Campus, but the new owners and managers decided not to embrace the idea.
“It will be good to have a permanent home,” said Mayor Meyer at the time.

Policy for the management and use of technological resources

The commissioners decided to reject a proposed policy for the management and use of technological resources.

Why? Mayor Meyer had a few thoughts.

He said these policies must do three things:

• Give people clarity
• Improve management
• Make sure the Commission has approved them all, according to state law.

Apparently, the current policy not only did not do these things, but was also incorrect on other matters, including:

• Provide definitions for open files and public files, which the mayor said the city probably shouldn’t do.
• Designation of the use of private technology by municipal officials as the subject of open cases.
• Saying procurement procedures require four weeks notice from IT – which Mayor Meyer says, “creates bottlenecks and problems”.

“We have a lot of work to do to clean them up,” he said. “It has been a hot topic for several years here. It is time to fix this problem.

New employees

Commissioners heard proposals for several new hires, which were put on next week’s consent agenda, including:

• Assistant to the municipal lawyer Emilee Buttrum
• Legal Operations Analyst Logan Todd
• Police officer Mitchell Matuz

Facade grants and incentives

Commissioners heard several proposals for grants and facades, which they put on the approvals agenda for next week, including:

• Rent Incentive Subsidy – Durham Brand & Co.
• Rent Subsidy Incentive – East to Vest Productions LLC
• Rent Incentive Subsidy – Sohza Sister LLP
• Rent subsidy bonus – Winecats LLC / The Bottle Shop
• Forgivable Facade Incentive – Christopher Green
• Forgivable Facade Incentive – Tischbein Properties LLC
• Forgivable Facade Incentive – Women’s Crisis Center Inc.
• Forgivable Facade Incentive – Sandra Stonebraker

Next meeting

The next regular meeting of the Covington Commission will be a legislative meeting at 6:00 pm on June 29 at the City Building at 20 W. Pike St. in Covington. Meetings can be followed live on Fioptics channel 815, Spectrum channel 203, the Northern Kentucky Telecommunications Council (TBNK) website, TBNK @TBNKonline Facebook page, and TBNK Roku channels.

Development of World Heritage site slated for UK Government Leveling Fund application

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This article is old – Publication: Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Ambitious plans to improve the visitor experience at the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage site could be significantly strengthened if an offer from the UK government for the leveling fund is accepted.

The Wrexham Council Board of Directors is set to approve the submission of two nominations for the UK Government’s ‘Upgrade Fund’, which are based on the Wrexham Gateway project and developments in and around the site of the world heritage of Pontcysyllte.

In March 2021, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a £ 4.8 billion investment program for ‘investing in high-value local infrastructure’, who explained of the fund: ‘It is also designed to help local areas select real local investment priorities by putting the support of local stakeholders, including the local MP where they want to get involved, at the heart of its mission.

Two offers of up to £ 20million can be submitted for each entire parliamentary constituency. For the Wrexham County Borough this includes one for Wrexham and one for Clywd South in partnership with Denbighshire County Council.

Wrexham Council said discussions have taken place with the two MPs, in line with funding guidelines and the priority identified by Sarah Atherton, MP for Wrexham, is to secure funding to advance key elements of the master plan. approved for the Wrexham footbridge (more here)

The priority identified by Simon Baynes MP for South Clwyd is to secure funding for infrastructure development within the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal (WHS) World Heritage Site, with Denbighshire County Council .

Wrexham Deputy Head of Council David A Bithell said: “One of Simon Baynes’ priorities is to explore how to develop and improve the infrastructure around the Trevor Basin and improve the overall experience there. and our world heritage site.

“We are also working with the Denbighshire Council, which also submits part of its tender. These are really tight deadlines, to submit these offers, the agents worked tirelessly to get them in. They are still working on the financial details, as we speak, ready to present the offers by June 18. ”

The previously released master plan includes a campsite / campsite, a ‘Telfords Treetops’ treewalk and the creation of a new trail along the old railway viaduct, improvements to the Trevor Basin area and the creation of ‘a walk on the River Dee which would include a new bridge.

Wrexham Council Housing and Economics General Manager Steve Bayley explained the elements of the offer: “The master plan itself has been widely consulted in the locality, so he is developing elements of that plan. director. There are projects around rewilding, visitor center, activity and education zones in the woods, river Dee walks, public domain and investments. The key element for this at this stage is also the movement and management of visitors. There have been conflicts between the local community and site visitors, over half a million people come to the site each year. So improve the way we deal with visitors. and relieving the pressure on local residents is really important as a starting point here, and that’s what we’re doing.

Speaking of the challenges of the site, he added: “It is one of the only open access World Heritage sites. If you think of Wales you have the castles you have to pay to enter and you have a captive audience you go through a gate, a turnstile you pay, if you go to Blaenavon the ‘big pit’ you pay , you enter. Here you can just walk to the 11 mile site. So how do you capture the income generated by this for the benefit of the local community? This is one of the things that we are trying to sort out, so if you can focus visitors on a particular locality, where they park and also have visitor interpretation centers, and you have places where you can often take the money, then is recycled in the local community and takes advantage of us to have a world heritage site, which is part of it.

Cllr Bithell added: “I want to officially thank Steve and his officers, Ian Bancroft (CEO of Wrexham Council) and Head of Council Mark Pritchard, who have worked really hard over the last few months with Sarah. Atherton MP and Simon Baynes MP to submit these offers.

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Kentucky Power grants $ 35,375 for the development of the Hager Hill industrial site

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ASHLAND, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Johnson County Tax Court has received funding of $ 35,275 from an economic development grant from Kentucky Power for improvements to the Hager Hill industrial site. The grant is funded by the Kentucky Power Economic Growth Grant (KPEGG) program.

The grant will help the design and engineering phase of Johnson County’s plan to achieve Build-Ready certification for the site. This certification is a Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development program designed to make sites more marketable for potential businesses. According to Kentucky Power, this proves to a company that unknown roadblocks have been removed, site due diligence has been completed, and the project’s implementation schedule has been sped up significantly.

“One of the most important aspects of economic development is having sites ready for business. Johnson County’s work at Hager Hill is a great fit for the KPEGG program, as one of its primary goals is site development, ”said Kentucky Power President Brett Mattison. “We commend the Johnson County Tax Court for their investment in the project and look forward to working with them to bring investment and jobs to eastern Kentucky. “

The KPEGG program makes it possible to finance economic development programs or projects that encourage the creation and maintenance of manufacturing activities as well as industrial investment and employment. The program has completed its fourth annual cycle. Last year, 19 grants were awarded for economic development efforts in Kentucky Power’s service territory, totaling $ 859,175.

Funding for the program comes from the Kentucky Economic Development Surcharge. Kentucky Power explains that for every $ 1 dollar collected monthly from non-residential customers, the company’s shareholders match customer contributions dollar for dollar to generate nearly $ 800,000 per year for investments at the local and regional levels. The program is available in the 20 counties served by Kentucky Power.

Grant applications are reviewed by a committee made up of employees and delegates of the Kentucky Association of Economic Development and the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet.

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Navy plans 10,000 accommodations and hotels on the NAVWAR site

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SAN DIEGO – The Navy has identified its preferred plan for the redevelopment of the NAVWAR site along Interstate 5: a massive project that would build 10,000 homes, two hotels, offices and businesses in addition to new military installations.

The 70-acre complex has been a familiar site for those who have headed to the Old Town for decades, but the Navy viewed the WWII-era hangars as an outdated and sometimes cumbersome home for the professionals of the military. cybersecurity workers working there now.

“These things were built in the 1940s to assemble B-24 bombers. So in many cases you have a building within a building, because the building itself does not lend itself well to the mission of NAVWAR, ”said Captain Kenneth Franklin, commander of Point Loma Naval Base. San Diego Union-Tribune.

The Navy has been studying alternative developments for the site for several years and officially launched a process to publicly review their options on Friday. By presenting five different plans for the reimagined site, the makers identified one of the more daring designs as their “favorite alternative”.

If their favorite vision came true, the Navy would get its new cybersecurity facilities, but would also partner with private developers to create a sprawling space that spanned 19.6 million square feet: housing 109 buildings, a transit hub and two parking structures, built in stages over a period of 30 years.

It would include 10,000 residential units, two hotels with 450 rooms between them and more than 430,000 square feet of office space in buildings up to 350 feet.

Renderings show the space would use the high-density building type and public transportation options favored by the county for future developments. The Navy stressed that the scale models do not represent the actual designs of the multi-story structures, but are intended to show their impact on sightlines around the area.

It looks like the impact would be significant.

“Visual simulations, pairing real-world photographs with modeled building heights, suggest a wall of skyscrapers along Interstate 5 that would not only block drivers’ panoramic views of Point Loma and beyond, but would dominate the old town and interfere with the Mission Hills sunsets, ”reports UT’s Jennifer Van Grove.

“The plan is estimated to block 44% of Point Loma hill views, 36% of Southwest Pacific Ocean views, and 12% of downtown skyline views. “

Less ambitious alternatives would have less impact on the surrounding area, including a plan that would redevelop the space only to the extent that it serves the Navy. Officials say they have not yet finalized on their final plans and will take public comments into account while issuing further reports.

You can view plans, subscribe to the project mailing list, and attend virtual public meetings by visiting the Navy Development website if you want to get involved.

Consultant: Campers inquiring about the potential development of 364 sites on Perry Road in the Town of Pavilion

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Interest in a proposed campground on Perry Road in the town of Pavilion is high, according to the consultant working with a LeRoyan looking to develop 20 to 30 acres on a 94-acre plot.

“We have about 60 people who have already signed letters of intent to rent campsites,” said David Ciurzynski of Ciurzynski Consulting LLC, Attica.

Ciurzynski represented Le Roy’s Jesse Coots at the Genesee County Planning Council meeting on Thursday evening via Zoom video conference.

Planners recommended approval of a special use permit for the 346 site campground and recreation area at 10156 Perry Road, but included stipulations involving mitigation of adverse effects on wetlands. and obtaining a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The developers are tackling these issues, Ciurzynski said.

“We are really excited about this project. We have completed the technical study and the delineation of the wetlands, which has been submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers and the DEC, ”he said. “Once we get the special use permit, we will go into full engineering and be able to complete the prevention of storm water pollution and other elements of the project.”

Ciurzynski said the plan is to start with 100 sites and expand the rest once campers start populating the campground.

Planners asked about water and sewage capacities, Ciurzynski saying the size of the project prohibits holding tanks.

“We’re going to have to do a septic system, with a full sewage bed and everything,” he said.

Planning director Felipe Oltramari responded by saying he hopes homeowners are “lucky to find water” when drilling wells.

Ciurzynski said the preferred option is to build the first 100 sites against the road to minimize the number of wells required, as the town of Pavilion has also embarked on its water district project.

“Speaking with the supervisor (Rob LaPoint), he would like this water district along Perry Road to work as well, so we hope our project will help set it up so that we can use the water from the Pavilion Water District to instead of having to drill several wells, ”he said.

Currently, the 94-acre parcel consists of woods and agricultural fields and is zoned agricultural-residential.

In other actions, planners recommended the approval of several other benchmarks, including:

  • A zone variance to change the size of the parking space for a proposed Rochester Regional Health medical building on Oak Orchard Road in the city of Batavia;
  • A special use permit for a covered outdoor dining space at the Red Osier Landmark restaurant in Stafford;
  • A zoning change to Commercial for a parcel at 211 E. Main Street to facilitate the development of the GLOW YMCA / United Memorial Medical Center Healthy Living Campus;
  • A site plan for a new liquor store at 9 E. Main St., Corfu;
  • A special use permit, with amendment, for a 5 megawatt solar system on Oak Orchard Road, south of the village of Elba;
  • A special use permit for a hair salon at 1 Farnsworth Ave., Oakfield, by appointment only.

Previously: Planners should consider an outdoor dining site at Red Osier, a major campground on Perry Road in Pavilion

Duke Energy Selects Carroll County For Site Development Program | News

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CARROLL COUNTY – Carroll County has been selected as one of four communities in the state for an economy-boosting site development program.

The program, operated by Duke Energy, works with local economic development organizations to identify potential properties for industrial development and / or redevelopment opportunities.

The Carroll County Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with Camden / Flora Rail Corridor Commission and the City of Camden, has submitted the JNT Farms plot in Camden for Duke Energy’s 2021 Site Preparation Program.

“This is exactly how teamwork pays off,” said Jake Adams, executive director of Carroll County Economic Development Corp. “Most people see an industry taking hold and don’t realize all the collaboration that goes into it. We are delighted to have a rail serviced asset to market for potential projects. “

JNT Farms is a 90 acre site along East 450 North, just northeast of Camden. It is currently used for agriculture.

The others chosen were a 175 acre site in Charlestown, a 46.5 acre parcel in Poseyville, and a 150 acre site in West Lafayette.

“Economic development is a team sport,” said Erin Schneider, Indiana economic development manager for Duke Energy. “Thus, we work closely over the long term with our local and regional economic development partners to help bring lasting economic improvements for each community. “

A nationally recognized site selection company, Site Selection Group (SSG), will assess and make specific recommendations to further develop sites to attract business. In addition to concept drawings for the four sites, Banning Engineering of Plainfield will review and present its recommendations for sites located in Carroll and Posey counties.

At the end of the program, SSG and Banning will present their findings for each site – including concept drawings – to local economic development officials.

Once each site’s readiness progresses, Duke Energy’s business development team will strategically market these sites nationwide to companies looking to expand or relocate their operations.

Ideal properties for Duke Energy’s site preparation program are typically 40 acres or more, serviced by the utility, or a vacant industrial building of at least 20,000 square feet identified to support renewed industrial growth and development. sustainable in a community.

The development plan for the Bersted nursery site gets the green light

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The Arun District Council has approved general plans for Chalcroft Nursery, Chalcraft Lane, subject to conditions and Landform Estates accepting a planning obligation.

Landform said: “Work on the site is expected to start shortly.

“It is expected that the new development will bring a significant number of new construction jobs as well as new jobs at the nursery and other businesses to the site.”

Landform Estates obtained planning permission for a commercial site and 20 houses at Chalcroft Nursery, Bersted

The 5 acre (2 ha) nursery site is the first phase of a larger 37 acre (15 ha) site that Landform is working on to deliver 225 additional homes, as well as new plots, a public orchard, facilities sports and a new open public space.

The two projects are part of the strategic extension to the west of Bersted of 2,500 housing units.

Landform, along with Pat Cullen and Alastair Smyth, owners and operators of the Chalcroft Nursery, applied for planning last August on the grounds that businesses at the Bersted site are growing so rapidly they need to expand and modernize the facility.

The new development will include new upgraded roads, parking and landscaping.

The nursery is the main tenant of the site and will now expand its operations, with the Hospice St Wilfrid, which has managed a 650m² storage and sales building specially designed for second-hand goods since 2016.

Landorm said it has been such a success that St Wilfrid wants to occupy another building of a similar size.

Currently, there are approximately 31 full-time and approximately eight part-time employees at the site.

Landform said it had worked closely with Bersted Parish Council, neighboring residents and all statutory authorities to consult on the new development and was very pleased that this close dialogue resulted in their support for the proposals.

“A building permit for another 225 houses and landscaped grounds is currently being considered by the Arun district council,” Landform said.

“The program is attracting significant market interest from domestic home builders, which reflects strong market demand and the shortage of new housing in Arun district. The site can make a valuable contribution to meeting Arun’s housing need, which faces a significant supply shortage.

Residents are still not satisfied with the reworked Epsom hospital site development plan

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A group of residents say an Epsom Hospital grounds housing plan needs to “get back to the drawing board” as they are still not convinced of a redesign.

A reworked proposal for senior residences on land that previously fell within hospital boundaries was unveiled in February 2021, but after looking into it, the Woodcote (Epsom) Residents’ Society said it would not still wouldn’t support her.

The updated plans involve the demolition of buildings on the land and redevelopment of the site to provide a new elderly care community. The Dorking Road development will include 267 care residences, 10 care apartments and 28 care suites offering “transitional care”.

Operator Guild Living said the most recent plans respond to issues and comments raised by Epsom and Ewell Borough Council and the community at large, after the initial plans were denied.

But locals criticized its location and logistics even in its new form, calling for a further overhaul of the program.

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The story of the plans so far

In 2019, the land at Epsom Hospital was sold for £ 18million to Legal & General to create a senior living complex.

Consultations were held in fall 2019 and plans were submitted for 365 apartments to be lived in later in early 2020.

In November 2020 however, Guild Living’s plans were turned down by the Epsom and Ewell Borough Council planning committee, leading to some changes being announced in February 2021.

They reduced the height of the buildings to less than the height of the Wells Hospital building, reduced the number of living units by 42 and said they would plant more than 100 additional trees to improve the landscape.

The neighbor consultation expired on March 18.

An open letter from the Woodcote (Epsom) Residents’ Society states: “It is the very clear view of W (E) RS, as well as an overwhelming number of local residents and other interests, that this program amended fails to overcome the grounds for refusal.

“The massive scale, layout and design of the development are not significantly altered. It remains totally different from its surroundings and would cause considerable negative visual impact and damage to residential equipment. “

The letter goes on to say, “A fundamental overhaul of the scale, density, height and layout of the design is required if the drawing is to be considered acceptable. It must” get back to the drawing board. ” .

A response from Guild Living indicates that it has already responded to local comments and made significant changes to the first set of plans, stating, “The overall height of the building has been reduced to ensure it is lower than the floor plan. nearby hospital, and the building facing Woodcote Green Road has been reduced and further back from the road. “

Guild Living says it continues to work closely with local authorities and residents, responding to their feedback and helping meet future housing needs.

The other main criticism from residents concerns the congestion of the roads. One resident noted, “I see the amount of traffic caused by the busy hospital on a daily basis and the number of hospital staff having to park on residential roads due to the lack of onsite parking. “

Another said that “the number of cars that could possibly be on site when all the work is done will only cause more problems.”

A Guild Living spokesperson said, “Guild Living’s priority is to provide better transportation options for our residents by providing alternatives to owning a car. The focus will be on a carpooling system and a minibus to encourage residents to use more sustainable modes of transportation, while providing parking spaces for residents who choose to continue driving.

“Our approach will remove the hassle of car maintenance for residents, allowing them to enjoy active, independent lives later – while ensuring minimal impact on local road infrastructure.”

Big Hill Lodge Tri-Site development remains critical space for Cochrane’s future

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“We can preserve it and use it wisely,” said Flowers. “It is essential that it remains community-based. We can all use it, share it and make the best use of it. “

COCHRANE— A motion by Councilor Susan Flowers at Monday’s council meeting (March 8) is to ensure that momentum for the creation of a new Big Hill Lodge facility is not lost.

The Tri-Site on Fifth Avenue is one of Cochrane’s finest properties and located in the heart of downtown, said Flowers, and there is a need to protect it and “make it a gem for the future.” “. The site is expected to house the new Big Hill Lodge.

Flowers’ motion asked council to order the city administration to prepare a report on the land owned by the city of downtown Fifth Avenue and return to council with a package of measures to move the project forward. . The report will be presented at the June 14 council meeting.

“The Tri-Site committee has done a lot of work on engaging audiences and determining what would be best for the Fifth Avenue site,” said Flowers. “But, now it’s been a few years with COVID and all the changes within the city, a new CAD, the economy collapsing so it’s kind of pushed aside. I don’t want to lose all the good work that has been done by this group. “

Flowers is anxious to see the administration’s report, she said, and hopes to make plans over the summer so that something can be in place for the Tri-Site before the fall and the elections.

His particular concern is to ensure that the site is ready for the Rocky View Foundation, the organization that is preparing to build a new Big Hill Lodge. The Rocky View Foundation has a new design for the facility and is ready to start growing when the economy begins to recover from the economic fallout from COVID-19.

Flowers is hoping that by then next year, steps will be taken to define what the site will look like so user groups can start fundraising.

“We can preserve it and use it wisely,” said Flowers. “It is essential that it remains community-based. We can all use it, share it and make the best use of it. “

Cochrane’s 2021 budget earmarked $ 100,000 from operating reserves for a study of the maintenance of the Tri-Site utilities to help move development in the region. The transit and innovation center, a critical Tri-Site facility, is expected to begin construction in June at a cost of $ 4.85 million.

While it is essential to develop and plan for these projects, Flowers said, the site needs to be addressed as a whole and Big Hill Lodge needs to be included in the discussions.

“The city needs to plan the whole site, not just fragment it,” said Flowers. “There must be something in place.

Flowers added that there is a need to prepare for any grants that will become available after COVID so that the city can be ready to apply.

She noted that 2021 is an election year and the city administration needs to create a plan for the next step at the site to ensure continuity for the region.

The development of the Tri-Site is an important milestone for the future of Cochrane, said Coun. Tara McFadden, and he meets the social and recreational needs of the community.

The Tri-Site and Horse Creek Sports Park are linked in development, McFadden said, because a plan is needed for both.

“One of the cool things about Tri-Sites and in particular the rodeo grounds site is that this is what is being considered for senior housing and the Rocky View Foundation. It is an overdue need in our community, ”said McFadden. “As a municipality, we have to work with it to make sure this site is ready so we can move forward.”

One of the commitments linked to the development of the Tri-Site has been to ensure that the user groups will have the same level of programming and space. This commitment means that in order for development to begin at the Fifth Avenue location, a replacement ball field would have to be established in the city at Horse Creek Sports Park.

“Anyone who is active on this site is not going to lose anything. They are tied and we have to be strategic and deliberate about it,” McFadden said. “In my opinion, that’s one of the things we’re really going to advocate for to get Horse Creek to grow as quickly as possible, it’s a matching diamond for them.”

The Horse Creek and Tri-Site site plans started with the current council, but it will take more than one council to complete the projects.

She noted that it is important to have a template in place for these projects so that when a new board arrives in the fall, it can move forward with the information available.

“So few projects are something that one board can take credit for or complete,” McFadden said. “What I’ve heard from residents is that parks, recreation and senior housing, arts and culture, the people of Cochrane, we want it all. We want to have a full community. “