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Mayor Greg Dionne is seen with a package that the Caleb Group put together for a $24-million 94-resident seniors’ condominium-style development that has been cleared this week to go up at 19 Guy Drive.
The city's elected officials gave final approval for a 94-unit seniors' condiminium project at 19 Guy Drive, and other council tidbits from Monday's meeting.
Although pretty well a done deal for weeks, city council put is final stamp of approval on a 94-unit seniors’ condominium-style development at 19 Guy Drive.
Already rezoned by city council to accommodate the four-storey structure, the city’s elected officials approved its accompanying development permit application at Monday’s city council meeting.
Council’s approval came despite a letter of concern from area resident Dave Towers regarding traffic volumes.
While Towers’ concerns are valid, Coun. Martin Ring said that he didn’t want to delay the $24-million project.
“I have asked for a report to be coming back to city council in September to deal with, potentially, some Marquis Road extensions and looking at alleviating some of the traffic issues that are coming out of that area,” Ring told council.
With council’s unanimous approval, the project jumped its final hurdle.
The four-storey, 95,000-square-foot building is expected to bring in an economic spinoff of more than $10 million during its 15-month construction period and an annual economic stimulus of $1 million per year once it’s open.
The construction process will bring between 50 and 75 construction jobs. Once the building is complete it will bring in between 30 and 40 year-round jobs.
The city’s elected officials have begun their annual break from city council meetings, with the next meeting set to take place on Aug. 11.
The following are some additional decisions that city council made at Monday’s meeting that until now remained unreported.
• “Stop the Killing and Enforce the Law” was endorsed by a unanimous city council at Monday’s meeting, at the urging of Coun. Don Cody.
A resolution of support notes that the City of Prince Albert supports the Westray Act -- a piece of federal legislation from 2004 that holds executives, directors and managers criminally responsible for workplace deaths.
The act came as a result of the deaths of 26 Nova Scotia miners on May 9, 1992.
Although the Westray Act passed in 2004, the United Steelworkers note that a corporate executive has yet to face a single day in jail.
• Clean Air Day will continue next year, with the day showing increased popularity in recent years. This year’s Clean Air Day saw 1,510 people enjoy free bus rides -- a jump from 2012’s 1,047 riders, though slightly less than 2013’s 1,693.
• School zone signage will improve throughout the city, with council approving crews to move forward on several projects.
In total, 16 area schools will see improvements, at a total cost of $12,000.
• The arena season extension debate has been delayed until some time in the next couple months.
Added to the debate at Monday’s city council meeting is whether user groups would be interested in paying the total cost recovery rate of $207 per hour to rent the Art Hauser Centre ice. They currently pay $161 per hour.
This rate would recover the $11,700 cost in extending next year’s ice season to April 19 – more than two weeks past when ice normally comes out.
• Veselka! As expected, city council approved the “Veselka” metal rainbow sign over the Ukrainian monument southeast of the tourism centre -- a sign more than a decade in the making.
• A disc golf course has been approved for Mair Park, with the Cosmopolitan Club taking care of all construction and maintenance costs.
• The John Diefenbaker statue will wear a lifejacket from July 19 to 27 in recognition of Drowning Prevention Week.