LETHBRIDGE - It's been a point of contention for many residents who live along the 43 St. S corridor south of Hwy 4 - the closure of the busy thoroughfare, so a buffer can be created between the new southeast-side elementary school, and residential areas.
At Monday's meeting, Council voted to sell the portion of 43 St. S from Hwy 4 (24 Ave S) to the Gateway Mews South area.
The sale, to 1707588 Alberta Ltd for $887,000 ($50,000 per acre), is expected to be completed by May 28, 2018. The area covers about 17,34 acres or 7.018 ha.
According to council documents, the developer will be responsible for all costs associated with the road closure, legal survey, plan preparation, land titles registration and consolidation.
While Joe Mauro was absent, Blaine Hyggen was the sole councillor to oppose the sale, indicating that the whole process of closing the road and selling it, was in his opinion, not done in a transparent manner.
A public hearing was held back on March 19, where locals had their say on the potential road closure. Many opposed it, saying they would be forced to use busy Mayor Magrath Drive to access their properties, and others questioned why the road was even built to begin with if it was going to be closed.
The vote on the closure was delayed two weeks until April 3, at which time Council voted 5-4 to go ahead with the closure.
The first stage, beginning May 1, will be to close 43 St. S. to all traffic except for emergency vehicles, from 24 Ave. S to Fairmont Gate. Drivers who access the road to get to their homes or south Lethbridge shopping would be detoured around the area as new roads are being built.
The second stage of the project in July will permanently close 43 St. S from Fairmont Gate to the Gateway Mews S. area, and the third phase of the project beginning in August will permanently close the entire roadway from Hwy 4/24 St. S to the Gateway Mews area.
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