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Unused lot downtown will get new use

A small piece of land that hasn’t been used for years will be reshaped to have a new use in the community.
The lot borders the east side of the railway track and is north of 100 ave near city hall. It was originally kept empty because it was reserved for development as park use, has been moved into a general residential zoning which will allow for city council to rework what will go on the lot.

Director of Economic Development Brian Glavin presented the report to city council and one of his examples for different use was for an overflow parking lot for the hospital.

“There is a range of uses that it could be but there were no decisions made today. Under it’s current land use zoning it could not be a parking lot. If we did decide to do that, we would have to rezone it.”

Meanwhile Enforcement Manager Chris Manuel says development on the lot will help crime prevention. There were four people at the public hearing to voice their opposition about the land being unreserved.

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One of the opposed and resident of the area Ron Zylla says to help reduce crime he would like to see Enforcement Officers remove tents in the area right away when they are pitched.

City council will receive a report from administration in a few months with more information.

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