Eco business park proposed

Red Deer RED plans to go green.

Red Deer RED plans to go green.

Plans have been laid to create a leading-edge business park along the west side of the Red Deer College campus, facing Hwy 2.

Conceived by the Red Deer Regional Economic Development Group (Red Deer RED) — a partnership between the college, the City of Red Deer and the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce — the Eco Innovation Park will showcase for environmental protection and energy efficiency, college president Ron Woodward said on Thursday.

“What we want to do is create entirely green buildings that actually could function with no connection to the grid, water, sewer, anything like that, and that would house green businesses,” said Woodward.

Limiting vehicle access is among the methods through which the park would minimize its environmental footprint, he said.

The four partners in Red Deer RED are in the midst of signing legal agreements to form a not-for-profit corporation that would own and operate the park, with all income to be turned back into its operation and improvements.

Costs of the project are now estimated at $20 million, with the funding to be raised through a combination of loans and grants.

But the plans have not yet moved past the concept stage, said Woodward.

“My hope would be that, by this time next year, we know that there’s going to be a building of a particular size that costs so much and here’s two or three anchor tenants that are going in there.

“It’s one of those things that’s on the corner of everybody’s desk.

“I’m hopeful over the next year that it will get better legs.”

Although a weakened economy could delay the project for a couple of years, it will go ahead at some point, he said.

Eco Innovation Park will not include instructional space, but will provide some opportunities for students, including work placements, projects and research.

bkossowan@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Central Alberta Yogathon cancelled Saturday

Due to air quality concerns the fourth annual event will take place Sept. 15

City Hall Park construction begins next week

Construction to update Red Deer’s City Hall Park is set to begin… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Jazz at the Lake begins

The 16 annual event began Friday and runs until Sunday in Sylvan Lake

Photos: Lunchtime tunes on Alexander Way

Final concert of the summer

Clearwater regional firefighters in B.C.

Crew operating west of Prince George

WATCH: Feasting at Red Deer Ribfest this weekend

Ribfest runs until Sunday at Rotary Recreation Park

Thousands to attend funeral service for officers killed in Fredericton shooting

FREDERICTON — Hundreds of people have lined the route of a funeral… Continue reading

Calgary police officer seriously injured

CALGARY — The Calgary Police Service says one of its officers was… Continue reading

Canadians react to death of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan at age 80

MONTREAL — Canadian politicians are adding their voices to the international reaction… Continue reading

‘Four of a dozen kids will not make it:’ Tina Fontaine’s family healing together

WINNIPEG — Melissa Stevenson was just starting her career 18 years ago… Continue reading

No winning ticket for Friday night’s $16 million Lotto Max jackpot

TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $16 million jackpot… Continue reading

Hundreds of neo-Nazis march in Berlin, protected by police

BERLIN — Hundreds of neo-Nazis waving flags with the colours of the… Continue reading

Romanian trucker is Genoa bridge’s 43rd victim

GENOA, Italy — The Latest on the Italy bridge collapse (all times… Continue reading

1 dead, 6 injured after building collapse in Nigeria capital

ABUJA, Nigeria — An emergency response chief says one person is dead… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month