City and chamber to further new commercial development in Lacombe

LACOMBE – The City of Lacombe and the Lacombe and District Chamber of Commerce are collaborating to allow for new commercial development at the Chamber’s current office and Visitor Information Centre, located at 6005 50 Avenue.

The chamber will relocate their operations by May 31, 2020. The city is supporting the chamber with a relocation package that includes compensation for their building, reimbursement for costs to move the digital outdoor sign and a suite of in-kind contributions for meeting and event space at low or no cost.

“This relocation is the first step in the redevelopment of this high-visibility property,” said Mayor Grant Creasey. “Both the city and the chamber realized the potential that this land holds for development, and agreed to take steps to repurpose this underutilized site to expand Lacombe’s commercial tax base and promote economic growth.”

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank the city for working with us to ensure a positive outcome for the Chamber moving forward,” said Lacombe and District Chamber of Commerce President Theresa Johnston. “The Chamber’s mission is to be a collective voice advocating for growth and prosperity, and we believe this decision embodies that mission. With this agreement, we are pleased to be able to contribute positively to the growth of our local business community.”

“Our board and staff remain committed to our membership, and look forward to serving the local business community for many years to come,” said President Johnston. This agreement results from the 2019 Request for Expression of Interest process, which sought private-sector creativity to further Council’s strategic priorities for underutilized municipal assets, and a decision by Council to close the Visitor Information Centre due to low visitation.

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