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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetHbrldge Herald VOL. LXV! No. 231 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1973 10 CENTS 2 SECTIONS 28 PAGES RICK ERVIN photos Woodwards takes of j the wraps 4 The ir.itiai reaction from Lethbri-age officials seems to be that the long wait to see the Woodwards plans for the downtown redevelopment project was well worth it. Charles N. Woodward, chairman of the board for the firm, gives Mayor Andy Ander- son a quick tour after the mode! of the plans was unveiied Wednes- day. Above right, an overview of the project to be known as "Lethbridge Centre." August inflation worst in 22 years OTTAWA (CP.i Canada suffered its largest monthly rise in living costs in more than 22 years in August, a leap of 1.3 per cent that was cer- tain to heighten criticism of Prime Minister Trudeau's proposals to combat inflation. The August increase was led by a 3.2 per cent boost in food Salmon Arm fire damage in millions SALMON ARM, B.C. (CP) A forest fire was still rag- ing unchecked early today over close to acres of heavily forested land six miles southwest of this central British Columbia community. Fire officials, encouraged by a drop in the wind, said they hoped to check the fire today. The fire has destroyed more than 20 homes and scores of other buildings. Damage estimates were un- available, but observers said they could run into the millions of dollars. Many cat- tle died in the fire, unable to escape the flames which rac- ed across the heavily wooded hills and valleys, whipped by winds gusting to more than 50 miles an hour. Acting Mayor Al Bianco asked Premier Dave Barrett to declare the region a dis- aster area and Resources Minister Bob Williams said his department is keeping a careful watch on the situation. The biaze began without warning Tuesday afternoon when a fire started by a private company. Federated Co-Operatives, to burn logging debris was fanned by high winds and went out of control. Inside 1H3Q- 'Mr. Pompidou, I protest most strongly about this Greenpeace incident...' Classified..........20-23 Comics...............24 Comment............4.5 District...............17 Markets..............19 Theatres...............7 TV....................6 Weather...............3 Youth................25 LOW TONIGHT 35 HIGH FRI. 50; costs, the largest in that cate- gory in 13 months. Statistics Canada, which re- ported the figures, said the overall 1.3 per cent hike in liv- ing costs was the steepest since February, 1951 during the Korean War. The latest hike pushed living costs up 8.3 per cent above a year earlier, also the steepest annual rise since 1951. "Sharply increased meat, poultry and egg prices at the beginning of August were ma- jor contributors to the con- siderably larger than usual rise in the latest month's index, but all other main elements, except fresh produce, also moved Sta- tistics Canada said. Pork prices alone rose 15.4 per cent for the month, it added. In addition to the sharp food price hikes there were in- creases of 1.5 per cent for transportation, eight-tenths of one per cent for health and personal care, five-tenths of one per cent for housing and onetenth for clothing. Only recreation costs were un- changed. The overall rise pushed the consumer index up to 153.0 from 151.0 in July, meaning that typical living costs priced at per week in July cost more in August and more than a year earlier. GROCERIES UP Grocery prices, biggest fac- tor in current inflation, were up 16.2 per cent over the year. There have been indications that some food prices have moderated since the period of the government's August price survey. The past year's 8.3 per cent rise in overall living costs is the sharpest since the 10.6 per cent recorded in 1951. Since then, the worst in- flationary years in Canada have been a 4.8-per-cent rise in 1972. 4.5 per cent in 1969 and 4.1 per cent in 1968. Construction to start in January Woodward unveils plan By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Woodward Stores Ltd. threw the wraps off its plans for three square blocks of downtown Lethbridge Wednesday and unveiled the Lethfaridge Centre. It's a complex that includes a 10-floor office tower. 12-storey luxury apartment, 150-room hotel, sky-lit shopping mall, twin cinemas and even a second-level swimming pool, health spa and tennis courts as well as the Woodwards department store and food floor. Plaudits came immediately from, city officials who hadn't seen the scale model until The development will catalyst spurring further develop- ment that will make downtown Lethbridge as it is today un- recognizable within seven years, predicted Mayor Andy Ander- son. Deputy Mayor Cam Barnes termed it a new era in develop- ment unsurpassed in the history of Lethbridge. and said it will make a new Lethbrkige for years to come. Timetable for between 4th and 5th Avenues S. and 2nd and 5th streets that will reach million by its final stages calls for a January 1 construction start and a fall 1975 opening of most of the complex. Hotel uncertain But Woodwards officials admit timing of the apartment and hotel are still uncertain at the moment, depending on negotia- tion of leases. "The apartment is 75 per cent sure: the hotel, we're not too sure." said Woody McLaren, in charge of special projects for Woodwards. He handled most of the negotiations with the city. "We've not signed an agreement with anyone yet on the hotel, but we're working on it." Mr. McLaren said. "Three chains are interested." One of these is said to be Delta Hotels Ltd. of British Colum- bia. Cornerstone of the development is the office tower at 4th Avenue and 5th Street S. flanked fay the hotel on 4th Avenue and the apartment on 5th Street. A bank will be situated at the base of the office tower. It was not named Wednesday but is believed to be the Royal Bank. Main entry to the entire complex is a 14G-foot by 180-foot open space described by the .project architect James Wensley as be- ing of civic character. It will be landscaped and lit by a large skylight. From the entrance a shopping mall topped by the 40-foot wide skylight and containing square feet of retail shop space leads to the two-level Woodwards depart- ment store and food floor at the west end of the complex. Parking is provided for 571 vehicles in a second-level parking structure off 5th Avenue and a parking lot off 2nd Street. Cabinet to see Ultimately the project will be connected with the planned government building to the south of 5th Avenue by another mall near 4th Street. The provincial government building is shown in an architect's drawing as a U-shaped building centre on 5th Avenue S. between 2nd and 4th Streets. Complete plans and a model of that building are expected to be unveiled when the provincial cabinet comes to Lethbridge next week. Both projects were designed by the Wensley firm of Ed- monton and are to be built simultaneously, but Woodwards of- ficials said Wednesday no agreements have been signed by Woodwards to develop the provincial government building. Poole Construction Ltd. of Edmonton will be the general con- tractor on the Woodwards project. Charles N. Woodward, chairman of the board of Woodwards, said he first came to Lethbridge to see if the firm could get es- tablished in the city in 1961. "We played around with that one for two years and got nowhere." he said. "We're happy now to be finally becoming a part of Lethbridge." Another dept. store for Centre Village? Expansion of the Centre Village Mall shopping centre to include a second depart- ment store is under active consideration by Marathon Realty Ltd. Howard Nemtin, in charge of shopping centre develop- ment for Marathon in Western Canada, said in a telephone in- terview from Vancouver the firm will probably make a for- mal submission to city hall within the month. Mr. Nemtin said a major te- nant was interested in es- tablishing at Centre Village Mall. The party couldn't be named at this time, he said, because final documents have not yet been signed. Mr. Nemtin said he first approached the city about ex- pansion of the 13th Street and 2nd A Avenue N. shopping centre six months ago but was told then the timing was not right. He said however he felt the response by Mayor Andy Anderson, an alderman and city administrators at the in- itial meeting was "open and positive" and a further sub- mission was invited. "We're anxious to proceed in a manner the city will find acceptable." Mr. Nemtin said. "We've always intended to round out the centre with another department store." He said the expansion on land owned by CPR between the present shopping centre and the 9th Street bridge, would be a million project. Mayor Andy Anderson, when questioned about the proposed project, said its tim- ing will depend on what Marathon wants to put into it. But the mayor denied the Woodwards downtown development had any effect on the Centre Village Mall proposal. Woodwards unveil- ed its project plans Wednesday. The orderly growth of the city is a factor, he said, in- dicating such a project would have to await adoption of an overall development control bylaw for the city now being worked on by planners. Developers would have to meet certain rules and regulations under develop- ment control, the mayor said. "You have'to have develop- ment control if you have problems in certain areas that cost fabulous dollars to cor- rect." he said. He gave as an example developments that would re- quire adjustment of traffic patterns. Mayor Anderson said if another department store is considering coming here it no doubt will have undertaken very specific and far-reaching feasibility studies. "They far more than we will determine the logical he said. Centre Village Mail opened its doors in October 1970 with Simpson Sears as the major tenant- While a number of in- dustries leasing land at the shopping centre site were re- quired to move to make way for that development. Mr. Nemtin said expansion would not require moving the remaining major leaseholder. Revelstoke Transit Mix. There is sufficient land between the railroad tracks and the plant, he said. British blasts in fourth week LONDON (Reuter) Police pressed their hunt to- day for suspects in two more London bomb blasts Wednes- day that injured 10 persons including five policemen. The policemen were hurt late Wednesday night when a bomb exploded on the doorstep of a building housing several servicemen's organizations at Sloane Square in Chelsea. A warning of the bomb telephoned to a domestic news agency was relayed to police, and the po- licemen had just arrived and were clearing people away from the area when the explo- sion occurred. Windows were shattered and several buildings damaged. The five was thrown across the taken to hospital but were not seriously hurt. FOURTH OF WEEK The two explosions Wednes- day followed two blasts in railway stations in London Monday that injured 13 per- sons. They are part of an intensifying campaign that began more than three weeks ago with incendiary devices in a number of London depart- ment stores. Seen and heard A bout town SYMPHONY conductor Luciea Needham arrang- ing a ride for a cello DOB Shackleford seeking relief from his wailing Siamese cat. ROB Sakamoto more com- fortable with his socks half off than all on. Mid East air fight rages TEL AVIV (Reuter) Israeli and Syrian jets fought a major air battle over the Mediterranean today and Israel said 13 Syrian MiG-21 fighter planes had been shot down with one Israeli plane hit. An Israeli army spokesman said the dogfight occurred at noon, and that the pilot of the Israeli plane hit was recovered from the sea after parachuting. U.S. knew in advance of Chile coup New York Times Service WASHINGTON The state department expressed hope Wednesday for a resumption of democratic government in Chile after the coup d'etat Tuesday by armed forces in Santiago. The United States is study- ing the question of recognizing the new military regime, a state department spokesman said, adding that the Nixon ad- ministration was in no hurry. Otherwise, administration officials spent most of the day denying charges that the United States was involved in the overthrow of Chile's president. Dr. Salvador Allende Gossens, whp killed himself Tuesday according to the Chilean Party. However it was disclosed in Washington that the Nixon ad- ministration knew 48 hours in advance that Chile's military chiefs were about to launch a coup against President Allende. They indicated that members of the military junta were in contact with United States representatives and that Washington expected the coup Monday. A state department spokesman also said he wanted it made unequivocal- ly clear that there was no U.S. government involvement in the coup. Meanwhile, in Santiago, the Chilean armed forces have formally assumed power ;