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Gas station, store to add liquor sales

A Fort Macleod company can renovate its building to add liquor sales.
The Municipal Planning Commission on May 2 awarded a development permit to MIJA Enterprises, which operates the PetroCanada gas station and convenience store..
“They would like to take 25 per cent of the existing building and renovate it for liquor sales,” Town of Fort Macleod development officer Rhonda Day said.
The application included using 275 sq. ft. of the 5,150 sq. ft building for office space.
The business will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Day explained in a written report to the MPC.
MIJA Enterprises in its application proposed 18 parking stalls, two of which are to be barrier-free and two for a loading area.
According to Town of Fort Macleod by-laws, the liquor store would need five parking stalls, and the service station would need 10 spaces.
Town regulations would require two loading stalls.
The application ran into opposition from some neighbouring residents.
“I’m opposed to this liquor store in my neighbourhood,” Irene Tinordi wrote. “There is no need for another liquor outlet.”
Netty Wiggill also opposed the application, telling the MPC a liquor store will bring more traffic to an area that is already congested.
“The intersection coming off the highway is already somewhat of a hazard,” Wiggill wrote. “This may mean the town will have to put in traffic lights and pedestrian crosswalks to make it safe for everyone.”
Wiggill also wondered if a sidewalk would be needed to accommodate pedestrian traffic to the liquor store.
Louann Killoran wrote in opposition to the application.
“Panhandling and vagrancy will also be problem,” Killoran wrote. “I know I would not appreciate being approached as I fuel up my car or seeing problems arising from vagrancy. Do we want our friends, neighbours and tourists to be subjected to these issues?”
The MPC also received letters of opposition citing similar concerns from Dale Kellington and Joyce Magson.
The MPC approved member Scott Norlin’s motion to approve the application with several conditions, including adding a loading door to the northeast wall of the building.
The MPC granted a wavier for one less parking stall.

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