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Town of Fort Macleod sells land to Foothills Centre

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Fort Macleod council last week approved the sale of a parcel of land adjacent to the Foothills Centre. The land will be used for a planned 4,500 sq. ft. expansion of the Foothills Centre.

A Fort Macleod facility that for four decades has helped people with detox from alcohol and drugs has room to grow.

The Town of Fort Macleod will sell adjacent land to the Foothills Centre to accommodate its expansion plans.

The purchase offer of $10,000 was on the agenda of council’s Oct. 13 meeting at the G.R. Davis Administration Centre.

“This submission is asking that council accept the offer we received from the Foothills Centre,” director of operations Adrian Pedro told council.

The Town of Fort Macleod recently removed the municipal reserve designation from the property, which is adjacent to the Foothills Centre’s land.

The property has an appraised value of $18,000. Since the sale is to a non-profit society, council is not required to advertise prior to finalizing the sale.

A condition of sale is consolidation of the parcel with the Foothills Centre’s land.

Foothills Centre’s mandate is to provide a safe and caring environment for people who want to withdraw from substance misuse.

The centre’s accredited detox program consists of daily group sessions, treatment referrals, discharge planning, relapse prevention and support resources.

Westco Construction Ltd. has the contract and will begin work on a 4,500 sq. ft. expansion of Foothills Centre.

Phase 1 of the project includes the realignment and upgrade of the existing services to the facility and the construction of a 4,500 sq. ft. single-story addition behind the existing building.

The expansion will provide 27 beds, a main floor laundry room and storage space.

Phase 2 will create needed office space

At present, Foothills Centre is funded to provide 16 detox beds.

The centre also has five transition beds, which are funded by the Alberta Rural Development Network.

Additional beds are needed at the Fort Macleod facility, which recently marked its 40th anniversary.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foothills Centre was close to 100 per cent occupancy.

Council approved the motion to sell the land with a unanimous vote.

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