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City Council approves a part of Station 44 to local developer

first_imgCouncillor Klasssen also assured Mayor Ackerman that his approval of the 54 acres in a one-time deal, and will not reflect future decisions when, and if, another developer requests a piece of Station 44.“I would agree that we will not let any other properties build until that interchange is in place,” Klassen said.The resolution was made to approve North Point’s request after city staff assured the mayor and council the no build covenant will stay in affect for the remaining acres.Once a developer picks up the rest of the land, they’ll be responsible for constructing the accompanying interchange, which Mayor Ackerman insists to be better planned than the current interchanges off the Alaska Highway, which many see as a serious danger to the roads.Advertisement North Point, a local developer, wants to be granted 54 acres of Station 44, which is 220 acres in total, and while Councillor Klassen and Councillor Stewart, who were the only councillors present during the conversation, seem to be completely on board, Mayor Lori Ackerman is concerned that this exception will create a domino effect, allowing more and more pieces of land to be lifted from the no build convent, and subsequently resulting in the much needed interchange becoming the responsibility of the public.“I want to see that the community is not going to wind up, however many years from now, paying for an interchange that should have been built as a result of this development,” Mayor Ackerman explained.However, in a mutual beneficial agreement, city council and the developer have been discussing an alternative, splitting the cost of construction for 85th Avenue instead.- Advertisement -“There’s no reason why we cant put this in place, and request that North Point put it in writing that as an alternative to putting money towards the interchange, they are agreeing to put money towards 85th Avenue to go through,” Councillor Stewart said.Mayor Ackerman’s concerns seemed to be alleviated when City Manger, Diane Hunter assured both the mayor and council that the MOT is aware of the request, and a new traffic impact study is currently underway.“They’ve (the property owner) indicated to us that they definitely see commercial going into that area, they’re not sure if it’s a power centre type of development any longer,” Hunter explained. “So once they nail that down, an additional traffic study will need to be done based on whatever they’re proposing to do, and we’ll match that up against the original traffic study.”Advertisementlast_img

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