Judge orders sale of land

The future of a major development planned for southeast Lacombe is uncertain after a judge ordered the 156-acre site sold.

The future of a major development planned for southeast Lacombe is uncertain after a judge ordered the 156-acre site sold.

The City of Lacombe said in a release late Monday that it’s received notice the lands making up Wolf Creek Crossing subdivision have been placed on the market as the result of a mortgage default.

First proposed by Edmonton developer Richview Developments Inc. in 2011, the project was to combine commercial, light industrial and residential uses. Richview’s website said 40 to 50 acres of commercial development was planned, with potential tenants including the likes of Home Depot, Staples and Walmart.

Also proposed was 20 to 25 acres for industrial use and 50 acres for residential development, including a man-made lake.

“On behalf of council, I must say that I’m disappointed and saddened by this turn of events, as this type of retail development is important to the community,” said Lacombe Mayor Steve Christie in Monday’s release.

The release said the city had already issued the necessary permits to proceed with development, and had also approved an outline plan for the subdivision and amended Lacombe’s southeast area structure plan.

City staff were working with the developer on a development agreement and a subdivision application for the first phase, said the release.

A development agreement was already in place for a subdivision completed last year, it continued, and a development permit for a hotel had been approved.

The release said no construction completion applications have been made, and that as far as the city is concerned Wolf Creek Crossing’s infrastructure is incomplete.

It pointed out that the city holds security for municipal improvements on the site.

“The City of Lacombe is taking every action by engaging legal counsel to protect its interests as this matter proceeds through the judicial system,” said Norma MacQuarrie, Lacombe’s chief administrative officer.

The release said the city “will continue to work closely with interested parties to facilitate commercial and retail development in the community.”


Just Posted

Manslaughter charge laid against Red Deer man more than a year after homicide

A manslaughter charge has been laid against a Red Deer man, more… Continue reading

Woman facing charges after pedestrian critically injured in hit and run

A woman is in custody in connection with an alleged hit and… Continue reading

Friday hail storm came at a bad time for farmers

Amount of damage a hail storm does often depends on how far along crops are

Concern growing over poor hay crops

Hay yields in some areas half of what it was last year

Updated: SUV smashes through fences and deck in Anders

Driver taken to hospital after SUV veered off 30th Avenue into Anders

Man suffers critical injuries, Red Deer police arrest woman in pedestrian crash

A man is in hospital with critical injuries and Mounties have arrested… Continue reading

Cull hasn’t been able to solve bunny burden in Alberta mountain town of Canmore

CANMORE, Alta. — Problems persist in an Alberta mountain town overrun with… Continue reading

Canada should help Holocaust denier on trial in Germany: civil liberties group

OTTAWA — A civil liberties group is urging the Canadian government to… Continue reading

Westerner Days: Send us your photos

Your reader photo may just make the pages of the Adovcate.

Adam Henrique signs $29.1M, 5-year extension with Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Centre Adam Henrique has signed a $29.1 million, five-year… Continue reading

Fashion firms upend design routine to focus on speed, trends

NEW YORK — Prototypes? Passe. Fashion company Betabrand saw that knitwear was… Continue reading

Trimming and tidying: Perennials need care too

The great attraction in growing perennial flowers is that you never have… Continue reading

Johnny Depp settles lawsuits involving former managers

LOS ANGELES — Johnny Depp has settled lawsuits with his former business… 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