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Posted on: September 24, 2018

TOWN RETAINS OWNERSHIP TO OLD TOWN HALL LANDS

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Despite consistent efforts on behalf of both the Town of Cochrane and Madlee Developments Ltd. the sale of the Old Town Hall lands will not close and title will remain with the Town.

The lands informally known as the Old Town Hall Site were subject to a Request for Proposal process beginning in 2015, with a vision for the future development of the property located at the corner of Second Avenue and Second Street. At that time, the Town sought submissions from proponents prepared to undertake development of the site in accordance with Council’s objectives.

In 2013 the Integrated Downtown Action Plan (IDAP) was approved by Cochrane Town Council. The Plan is an action-orientated plan that provides a framework to ensure redevelopment takes place in a coordinated fashion enabling downtown to continue its transformation into a sustainable, diverse and vibrant place for both residents and visitors. The Plan specifically speaks to the Old Town Hall site stating that “Future development on the site should focus on bringing more people and jobs to the downtown to support local business and provide areas to work, socialize and live that are within close proximity to services and amenities.”

Moving forward, Council will be reevaluating community needs and determining appropriate next steps for the use and any development of the site in the future.

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