Lacombe to explore options for former provincial building

AHS allowed to remain during study

City of Lacombe will be negotiating a lease to allow Alberta Health Services to remain at the former provincial building while the city determines the future of the 48-year-old building.

The city bought the building at 5104 50th Ave. for about $1 million earlier this year to secure a choice piece of real estate in downtown.

Mayor Steve Christie said the city doesn’t take possession of the building until March. Some tenants have moved out and AHS, which occupies five per cent of the building, has been diligently trying to find a new location for its offices.

“We might as well take 2017 and do some looking into what the best and highest use for that building would be and see if it would suit some other user groups and other alternatives for city hall,” Christie said.

There is no provision in the city’s 10-year capital plan or 2017 budget to start renovations or removal of the building.

He said the municipal development and downtown redevelopment plans identify the need for more foot traffic in the downtown and helped convince the city to purchase the building.

The entire second floor of the two-storey building has been vacant.

“With other communities, and with our own community as well, commercial development areas tend to be around the outskirts. To keep your downtown viable, you need to have foot traffic, you need to have people down there and working down there every day,” Christie said.

City council decided not to relocate civic offices to the provincial building in the short term, and instead concentrate on a full analysis of the building.

The old police building will be used for storage for a number of city departments while a facility use review is completed in 2017.

In the interim, Lacombe Fire Department will take over the garage bays at the former police station to store equipment and vehicles. Lacombe Emergency Management will use the upstairs to store communications and emergency operations centre supplies. Lower spaces will be used to store excess computer equipment.

szielinski@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Rural transit service rolled out

2A South Regional Transit will link Innisfail and Penhold with Red Deer

Some Red Deer waste collection schedules change due to holiday season

Tuesday collections will be moved for two weeks

Red Deer ‘champion’ helps hospital by sharing ongoing petition

It’s been about three years since many physicians at Red Deer Regional… Continue reading

Red Deer Airport’s prospects are looking up for 2019

Ultra-low-cost passenger service is on the horizon

Funding down for Red Deer Christmas charities

Food hampers and toys for children going out to those in need

Alberta’s Sundial starts shipping to AGLC this week

Sundial’s Rocky View facility has received the green light from Health Canada… Continue reading

Penny Marshall dead at 75, best known as TV’s Laverne and director of ‘Big,’ ‘A League of Their Own’

Bronx-born Penny Marshall, who found ’70s sitcom success on “Laverne and Shirley”… Continue reading

Chabot scores overtime winner to lift Senators over Predators 4-3

OTTAWA — Thomas Chabot saw an opening and he took it. And… Continue reading

Canadian Marielle Thompson earns World Cup ski cross bronze in season opener

AROSA, Switzerland — Canada’s Marielle Thompson captured bronze at the opening World… Continue reading

Canada doesn’t make Oscars short list for best foreign language film

LOS ANGELES — Canada is no longer in the running for best… Continue reading

Warrant issued for arrest of ‘Schwimmer lookalike’ suspect

LONDON — A British judge has issued an arrest warrant for an… Continue reading

Moneywise: Canadian workers unhappy with pay, want pension plans

Many working Canadians are feeling underpaid and are so worried about their… Continue reading

Brazil police say faith healer has turned himself in

RIO DE JANEIRO — A celebrity faith healer accused of sexually abusing… Continue reading

B.C. hockey coach creates ‘gear library’ to remove cost barrier of sport

VANCOUVER — Nicola Froese says she has always loved playing sports, but… Continue reading

Most Read