Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
District SECOND SECTION The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Monday, March 4, 1974 news Pages 13-24 New downtown will emerge from the old, planning report says Phase II is not a bulldozer approach to downtown redevelopment, but a setting out of alternatives that will result in a new downtown emerging from the old over several years, planners say. By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Their support presented to city council last week divides up some 12 square-blocks of downtown land plus the Sick's Brewery area and sets out suitable land uses for each. Hotel, office, apartment, government offices, and commercial uses were set out for phase I, the Woodward's- provincial government development now under construction. Uses considered suitable for phase II are highway commercial, commercial, residential-commercial, residential, industrial, institutional, green strips and open spaces, and parking. The report has this to say about each of the blocks; numbered in the map above: Blocks 4 and 21: These two blocks should most logically be designated as the expansion area for Sicks' Brewery which is to the west. As the site is bounded by 2nd Street and 1st Avenue, a commercial establishment at this location may create undesirable traffic problems. Coulee Park If the land is not required for brewery expansion, a highway commercial use such as a motel could be accommodated. The south half of block 21 should become part of a coulee park proposed for the river valley. Blocks 5 and 20: These are particularly suited for highway commercial use such as motels, restaurants, or a filling station. New development should be cognizant of the key location of the site landscaping is of paramount importance and so is the design and external finish of the buildings. Block 29: A motel and a drive-in food outlet already occupy the west and north of the block. The southeast part is considered suitable for subsidized housing development to accommodate some of the residents from within the scheme area. If the need for subsidized housing could be met elsewhere within the scheme area, this site could be designated as a transportation centre (including a bus depot) and related uses such as hotel and offices. Block 30 and 31: 4th Avenue is the major shopping street downtown. Blocks 30 and 31 facing the Woodwards Store will soon become a choice site for commercial development. Facing 4th Shop frontages facing onto 4th Avenue should therefore be restricted to retail commercial, restaurants, a major department store, and possibly a bank: Other uses considered suitable for the rest of the two blocks include office, financial institutions, retail commercial, restaurants, or apartments developed in conjunction with these other uses. To ensure a more intensive use of the site, redevelopment below a certain site area, say square feet, should not be permitted. Blocks 7 and 18: This site overlooks the Gait Gardens and is mot suited for residential-commercial development I IECEND COMMERCIAL PARKING COMMERCIAL RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL HIGHWAY COMMERCIAL GOVERNMENTAL OFFICES INSTITUTIONAL RESIDENTIAL I INDUSTRIAL WAREHOUSING IHHHII GREEN STRIP OPEN SPACE PEDESTRIAN MILL PARKING STRUCTURE SCIEME ROUNOARY where the main floor will be used for specialty shops, boutiques, restaurants or some similar uses. Blocks 6 and 19: An off-street parking lot which will be suitable for eventual development .into a multi-storey parking structure has been designated in this area. This will compliment the present city car park and the Woodward's parking lot in serving the downtown area. Depending on the detailed design, a few small shops could be incorporated into the eastern side of the parking structure. Ethnic groups Shops owned by certain ethnic groups occupy part of this area, and it appears the preference of these people is to stay in the same neighborhood after redevelopment. If the policy is not to disturb the existing shops in block 19, one alternative is to site the parking lot in block 6. Another possibility is for the city to acquire block 7 and the balance of block 8 (1st Avenue and 7th Street S. just east of Gait Gardens) for the purpose of relocating these shops. Other uses considered suitable are highway commercial and warehousing, which is an existing use. Community centre "Marshall" land: Presumably parcels A and B will be developed with Phase I. Parcel C, with its unique location is suitable for development into a restaurant, motel townbouses or a combination of these. The community reserve to the west should be landscaped and developed into a park as early as possible for the benefit of the people working or living in the downtown area. Block 53: Although this is detached from Phase II proper, the location, because of its proximity to the provincial offices and to the older residential area south of 6th Avenue is particularly suited for community- oriented uses. Unless another site is to be designated in the downtown area, it is strongly recommended that a portion of this block be reserved for a community centre site. Alternative permissible uses would be office and apartment development. The east portion of the block will possibly retain its commercial- residential character for some time, although office uses are considered more appropriate. As the report points out, the phase II plan does not involve a major land assembly by the city or immediate wholesale development. Although the city owns some land in the area and is in the process of acquiring more, most of the area will be developed by private capital. "Within certain land use constraints, as says the report, "the implementation of the scheme can be spread over a longer time span, with no target date set for its completion. "In this regard, the proposals act more like a guideline for developers to develop in a certain manner. The pace of development can proceed at a rate warranted by the economic climate of the city.." Face-lifting It adds that other than blocks 30 and 31, the other areas could have a program of phased development, with certain buildings such as those on 5th Street, easily retained and blended into the proposal with a certain amount of face-lifting. .V- Green strips as proposed by the plan are mainly along 1st Avenue and on 2nd Street and are aimed at producing a more pleasing entrance into the city, carrying on the effect of the brewery garden. A portion of 4th Street and of 2nd Avenue are designated pedestrian malls, while the eventual closure of 5th Street adjacent to the Gait Gardens is also suggested. China Town The report also suggests the best way to deal with the sociological aspects of the redevelopment will be a policy matter for council deliberation and decision. "Perhaps the residents should participate more fully in the evolvement of the it suggests, while recommending an Alberta Housing Corporation study on this aspect of the scheme. Some 280 people live in the area, according to the city census in November, and a U of L geography department survey done a year ago indicated 61 of 116 persons interviewed said they wanted to stay in the same neighborhood after redevelopment. The report also points out that the so- called "China Town" is also situated in the area, and although it consists of only a few retail stores and assembly i halls (Chinese and it: constitutes a meeting place for these ethnic groups. Since many of the area residents are senior citizens, the report suggests a suitable site should be reserved for senior citizen housing. The report has been accepted in principle by council and a development bylaw is being drafted. After first reading is given the bylaw the public will have a chance to comment on the plan at a public hearing at city hall. E Campaign on to convince Whelan Couple ALBC employees resume Cattlemen Support Surtax in hospital work, end study session By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer Cattlemen in Southern Alberta are giving their support to a call from the Canadian Cattlemen's Association for an immediate surtax on all cattle imported from the United States. At a meeting of industry representatives held Saturday in Lethbridge, unconditional approval was given of the position taken by the cattlemen's association for protection of the industry from lower-priced American cattle. Chris Mills, secretary of the CCA, told the meeting American cattlemen are insulated by protective tariffs and the Canadian industry should be buffered in the same way. The association has met with Eugene Wbelan, federal agriculture minister, four times since January but has failed to convince the government of the necessity of a surtax, Mr Mills said. "We have to persuade Wbelan and the cabinet that a tariff is not only in the best interests of cattlemen, bat of the whole he said. Those aUendif pledged they would organize a telephone and telegraph Witz directed to Mr. Whelan demanding government action to save the cattle industry. The association is asking for an escalating tariff on American cattle imports, based on the number of imports slaughtered here in a 13-week period. The cattlemen suggest the surtax begin with a 1.5 cent-a-pound levy until a quota of head in 13 weeks is exported from the U.S. At a level of imports exceeding head, the surtax would be five cents per pound. Last week, Mr. Mills said Saturday. iO.OOO of the cattle slaughtered in Canada came from the U.S. Some industry spokesman have called for a total embargo on U.S. cattle imports, and Mr. Mills said the government now has a perfect excuse to close the to American beef. The American government has lifted the ban on DES a cattle-fattening hormone while the ban on its use in Canada is still in effect The hormone was banned because of fear that traces of the substance hi meat could harm humans. "The government now has a perfect excuse to close the border over the DES Mr. Mills said, but an embargo will not be legislated because of pressure from "Frenchmen and Torontonians." after fire A Lethbridge man is in serious condition this morning in St. Michael's Hospital following a house fire Sunday. Josip Rajcic was working with contact cement in his basement at 1101 13th St. N. about noon Sunday when fumes from (he cement were ignited by the pilot light on either the hot water heater or furnace. His wife, Antonja Rajcic, was also and is in fair condition today in hospital. Two units of the Lethbridge fire department answered the call about and fought for more than an hour to extinguish the blaze. Damage is estimated at about Alberta Liquor Control Board employees in Lethbridge were back at work today after study sessions which curtailed operations Friday and Saturday. Frank Webb. Civil Service Association representative for the workers, said no further study sessions were planned. A local delegate was sent to a council meeting in Edmonton of the CSA division representing ALCB employees, he said. A news report from Edmonton said the labor dispute would continue, with warehouse workers in Calgary still off the job. It quoted CSA president Bill Broad as saying there would be no deliveries to stores in Calgary today. U was not known what other centres will be hit with study sessions. The 850 members of the association working for the liquor board want their contract which doesn't expire until April. 1975. re- negotiated, because. Mr. Broad says, the province has forced them to accept low settlements during bat gaining. v Mr. Broad said voice votes in Edmonton and Calgary indicated the workers favor a strike and a formal ballot will be held shortly. Some liquor stores in Grande Prairie, Red Deer and Medicine Hat closed Friday when workers went into afternoon study sessions. Other stores in Edmonton and Calgary were closed on Saturday. Board chairman Peter Eliott said during the weekend the employees should get the same cost-of-living increase as other provincial employees. Mr. Broad described this as "peanuts." The employees say their wages are tower than other government staff in the province with liquor store clerks now earning between and 9623 a month while retail clerks in private business are paid between 1528 and 1813.