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Empty downtown lots can be booked for events: City of Red Deer

City of Red Deer logo. (Advocate file photo)

The empty downtown lots that once contained the Buffalo Hotel and Club Cafe can now be booked as events spaces.

Over recent months, the City of Red Deer engaged with Red Deerians to explore interim uses for the site before it is sold in the longer term for redevelopment.

“It became evident that repurposing the site as bookable event space resonated strongly with the community,” states a release from the city.

The properties at 5021 and 5023 Ross Street were purchased by the City in late 2022, and demolished to make way for a future project at this gateway location.

“The Buffalo Hotel and Club Café properties presented significant challenges due to their deteriorating condition, rendering restoration financially unfeasible,” states a city release.

“To pave the way for comprehensive redevelopment, the decision was made to demolish the existing structures and repurpose the land.”

Bobby-Jo Standard, community development supervisor for the city, said “We recognized the importance of activating this space to benefit the community while we pursue long-term solutions for its redevelopment.

“By offering it as bookable event space, we’re fostering community engagement and enriching the downtown experience.”

According to the city release, this “marks a pivotal step in the ongoing revitalization efforts, offering an attractive venue for a diverse range of gatherings, from cultural events to business functions.”

Organizations and individuals interested in utilizing the site for their upcoming events are encouraged to apply for a Special Event Permit from the city.

Lana Michelin

About the Author: Lana Michelin

Lana Michelin has been a reporter for the Red Deer Advocate since moving to the city in 1991.
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