A major three-phase commercial development will be located at the former W. McKee Manufacturing location in Red Deer’s Lancaster Meadows.
The industrial business had been at the location for many years, and as development occurred, it became surrounded by residential and other development.
Now, the Red Deer’s Municipal Planning Commission has approved two new buildings initially on the property located at 2827 30 Ave.
The first building will be two storeys, 4,826 square metres, and includes health and medical services, merchandise sales space and a restaurant without a drive-through. The second building will be three storeys, 2,683 sq. metres, and include a daycare facility, and more health and medical services and merchandise sales space. There will be 234 parking stalls provided.
The third building, which was not before the planning commission on Wednesday, is anticipated to be 3,600 square metres, with underground parking, and similar uses as the other two buildings.
Hani Kirollos, the project architect and representing the applicant Abanoub Architecture of Calgary, said the cost of the first buildings will be between $8 million and $9 million. The project is named Notre Dame Plaza.
The property is located on the southeast corner of the 30th Avenue and Lees Street intersection. There is low density residential homes on the south and east sides, an assisted living facility on the west adjacent to 30th Avenue, and the Collicutt Centre, Hunting Hills and Notre Dame high schools are to the north.
Planning commission members spent some time talking about a chain-link fence on the property, and also the proposed construction of a wooden fence on part of it, before making an amendment to the conditions.
The chain-link fencing must be removed and replaced on the south and east sides of the property with low-maintenance vinyl fencing.
A deceleration lane on 30th Avenue and a lengthened left-turn lane on Lees Street will be also be constructed. The project is expected to start this summer.