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Scougall Motors drives plan for new dealership

Scougall Motors Ltd. has shifted into gear plans for a new dealership in 2011.
The Fort Macleod Municipal Planning Commission has approved a development permit for a 14,000 sq. ft. building on 14th Street.
“I think it’s a positive move,” Scougall Motors Ltd. general manager Hank Arnoldussen said. “It will be a state of the art facility.”
The MPC considered the development permit application at its Dec. 20 regular meeting.
Westco Construction Ltd. will build the dealership at 836 14th St. and applied for the development permit.
“We’re getting excited about it,” Arnoldussen said. “It’s quite an investment but with the investment of the police college and with a new attitude in town, I think we’re going to have a robust town.”
Arnoldussen said the construction of the new dealership, along with other development, is important to Fort Macleod.
“We can get some new energy going in town,” Arnoldussen said.
The new dealership will be built on two lots between 12th Street and 14th Street adjacent to Eighth Avenue in Fort Macleod.
The development application is for a 14,000 sq. ft. building to house the auto sales and service departments.
The dealership will have a display room along with a lobby, office space and service department.
There will be a parking lot to the west of the building along 12th Street and Eighth Avenue.
There will also be a parking lot to the north adjacent to 14th Street.
There will be 25 parking spaces for staff members and 20 for the public, in addition to parking for the vehicles on display.
Construction of the new dealership could begin in the spring.
“If all goes well we hope to be in the ground in March or April,” Arnoldussen said.
Derek O’Connor agreed.
“It is a matter of how quickly the engineers can get it all together,” O’Connor said.
Town of Fort Macleod development officer Rhonda Day recommended approval of the development with the following conditions:

  • The application must comply with all federal and provincial requirements.
  • The applicant must acquire a permit from Alberta Transportation.
  • Downspouts and extensions must be placed so drainage is away from the property toward a street or alley. Water must not drain across adjacent property.
  • A landscaping plan must be submitted to the development officer and approved within 12 months of occupation.
  • The applicant must enter into a development agreement with the Town of Fort Macleod for installation and maintenance of a service main, with the pump staying inside property lines.

“This will be a state-of-the-art facility,” Arnoldussen said. “We will do it right and it will be a nice property.”

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