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Historic building on Second Avenue is new hub of Fort Macleod activity

People dropped in at 2215 Second Avenue for an open house on March 17.

People dropped in at 2215 Second Avenue for an open house on March 17.

Macleod MP John Barlow has an office in the FCSS building.

Macleod MP John Barlow has an office in the FCSS building.

Trent Moranz of South Country Fair and Cottonwood Co-op in their new space at 2215 Second Avenue.

Trent Moranz of South Country Fair and Cottonwood Co-op in their new space at 2215 Second Avenue.

One of Fort Macleod’s historic buildings has a new life as a hub of activity.
Fort Macleod Family and Community Support Services has its new office at 2215 Second Ave.
Sharing the sandstone building that until recently was the long-time home of Fort Macleod Chiropractic is Macleod MP John Barlow, the Fort Macleod housing program, Cottonwood Organic Food Co-operative and South Country Fair.
“It’s a really neat blend of all of us together,” FCSS director Angie O’Connor said.
Residents had a chance to tour the building March 17 during an open house.
There is a large reception area that looks on to Second Avenue where visitors will find part-time FCSS assistant Becky Housenga.
Moving deeper into the building there are offices for O’Connor, housing program co-ordinator Nicole Jackson and Barlow.
There is also a workroom with a photocopier and other equipment as well as a staff room.
Cottonwood Co-op and South Country Fair share space at the rear of the building.
“It’s a great building,” South Country Fair president Trent Moranz said.
The two volunteer-run entities have been looking for a new home since the building in which they used to be housed on Main Street was sold.
The co-op and fair briefly operated out of a garage in a residential area but neighbours complained about increased traffic.
Moranz said both groups were pleased when the Second Avenue location came available.
“It works,” Moranz said of the building, which offers a large storage area and is in an area where any increase in traffic will not be disruptive.
Barlow was also pleased to find the Second Avenue location for an office to supplement the one the Macleod MP has in High River.
“I wanted something down in the south,” Barlow said. “Macleod is a large riding, so I wanted something as far south as possible.”
The Fort Macleod office will provide residents of the town and district, as well as those living in Claresholm and as far west as the Crowsnest Pass, easier access to the Member of Parliament.
“It’s really difficult to have private meetings when you don’t have any place you can call your own,” Barlow said.
Wanda Sommerfeldt will staff the MP’s office from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Barlow said when he is in the riding on Thursdays the hours will likely be extended into the evening.
Barlow also has plans to hold clinics on topics such as passports and the Canada Revenue Agency.

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