Coal­dale asks prov­ince to buy 7-Eleven prop­erty

Land sit­u­ated in a high-traffic area

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS | SOUTHERN ALBERTA - Nikki Jamieson ss­news@sun­nysouth­

The Town of Coal­dale is call­ing on Al­berta Trans­porta­tion to pur­chase the old 7Eleven con­ve­nience store and gas sta­tion off High­way 3 and 20 Street.

In a letter sent to the Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion Brian Ma­son from Coal­dale Mayor Kim Craig, Al­berta Trans­porta­tion is urged to pur­chase the land, due to it be­ing in a high-traffic area.

There is not enough turn space at that in­ter­sec­tion for semis to safely en­ter or exit and, as a re­sult, semis drive on to the side­walk, which is haz­ardous for pedes­tri­ans, and the in­ter­sec­tion is a safety haz­ard for school buses and chil­dren.

“I am con­tact­ing you as there is a com­mer­cial prop­erty that re­cently be­came avail­able for pur­chase that is ad­ja­cent to High­way 3 and our main street,” the letter reads.

“This location pre­vi­ously housed a 7-Eleven con­ve­nience store and gas sta­tion and was closed down ear­lier this week and is cur­rently be­ing dis­man­tled. It would be bet­ter suited to ac­quire the land for the pur­pose of fu­ture road widen­ing as well as re­duced con­ges­tion.”

The land in ques­tion is owned by 7-Eleven Canada Inc. Ac­cord­ing to town CAO Kalen Hast­ings, as the in­ter­sec­tion is lo­cated at the in­ter­sec­tion of two prov­ince-owned high­ways — High­way 3 and High­way 845 — it “makes sense” for the prov­ince to pur­chase that land.

“It makes sense, if you look from a long-term, in­fra­struc­ture plan­ning prospec­tive, that they ac­quire land at a ma­jor in­ter­sec­tion such as that,” said Hast­ings.

“I think any­one who comes to Coal­dale knows there’s con­ges­tion is­sues at that in­ter­sec­tion at peak times. We want to make sure that they’re aware of what’s hap­pen­ing here at a lo­cal level, so they, and their land group and their trans­porta­tion plan­ning group, can be proac­tive, think long term and ac­quire that land so fu­ture in­fra­struc­ture up­grades to that land can take place.”

Hast­ings said the Town hasn’t heard what 7-Eleven’s time­line is for sell­ing the land, but they do know “they’re not go­ing to be open­ing again.”

There is also the ques­tion of whether the land is con­sid­ered a brown­field, a com­mer­cial or in­dus­trial prop­erty that “is, or pos­si­bly is, con­tam­i­nated; is va­cant, derelict or un­der-uti­lized; and is suit­able for de­vel­op­ment or re­de­vel­op­ment for the gen­eral ben­e­fit of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.”

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