York-Germaine sale approved
City Council has approved an offer to buy the land where the York Hotel and Germaine Park used to sit.
The land is being sold to a local businessperson for $3000 after a request for bids brought in two offers and two sales lined up previously fell through.
Construction is expected to start within three to six months on a project that would see three, four storey buildings go up. They would hold both condos and businesses go up. Construction has to start within 18 months and finish in 42 months as part of the deal.
The members of council in favour of the idea think it will mean tax revenue for the city where none is being collected, could spur more renewal in downtown and the value of neighbouring properties values.
There were some concerns brought up over parking and the fact the city spent $800,000 to buy the York Hotel and another $300,000 to tear it down.
More passengers at the Grande Prairie Airport
For the first time in almost two years, there are more people using the Grande Prairie Airport.
Councillor Helen Rice says April this year saw the number of passengers jump by 6.9 percent over April last year, the first monthly increase since August of 2015.
Rice is the city’s representative to the Grande Prairie Airport Commission.
May numbers also went up 5.5 percent this year compared to 2016.
Concourse name approved
City Council has approved the name Mamawe Concourse for the new area being built on the south side of the Montrose Cultural Centre.
Mamawe is a Cree word that translates to a gathering place.
Another Cree name had been picked earlier. The city had wanted to add the word Concourse. The Elder who came up with the original name suggested the shortened version.