High River, AB: The approval of two significant developments and the increase in development applications demonstrates how High River is already resuming the trend for strong growth in both commercial and residential areas. Conditional approval has been granted for a new shopping centre along 12 Ave. Called “The Shops at Medicine Tree” it will initially include a financial institution and 2,367 sq. m. retail outlet in the first phase of development.
Located at 1500, 12 Ave SE, next to the RCMP office, the area will allow for a second phase of development in the future as the expected demand for retail space increases.
“All the permits and approvals should be completed within a few days, and construction can proceed any time after that,” explained Khalid Mohammed, manager of planning and development services for the Town.
An application has also been submitted for another shopping centre in the north-west area of town at the intersection of High Country Drive and Centre Street. The Sage Creek Highwood Village Shopping Centre would include a coffee shop and a multi-retail building in the first phase of development.
Residential development is also picking up momentum. Council accepted recommendations from Planning and Development Services and approved the development of a multi-family housing project in the NE area of town. The plan includes 22 single-story private condos at 114 21 St. NE, which will provide much needed homes for residents. The units will be approximately 1400 sq. ft with attached garages.
Construction is already underway on another 51 multi-family housing project north-east of the Gas King gas station on Centre Street. Additionally, the process is underway to undertake the demolition of the Medicine Tree Manor, which was severely damaged in the flood, and replace it with a new three-storey seniors’ complex. Demolition is expected to begin shortly with construction of the new facility slated to begin in 2015.
“These represent only a few of the many proposed and active projects we are currently working on,” said Mohammed. “Developers and builders are aware of how much High River has to offer and they are showing a great deal of interest in investing in our community.”
Other projects, which had been delayed due to the 2013 flood, are also back on the table, including the Canadian Tire Store, which has resumed its planning process and is anticipating having the development and building permit processes completed before the end of the year.
“The number of applications and inquiries that Planning Services is responding to is a clear indication that High River is definitely back in business,” said Mayor Craig Snodgrass. “The level of optimism in our future is steadily growing as investors realize how much we’ve accomplished over the past year and what we have to offer for the long-term.”