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Lacombe Council Gives the Go-ahead to Blindman Brewing Taproom Expansion

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Lacombe Council Monday approved a site-specific exception to the Land Use Bylaw to allow for a proposed microbrewery taproom expansion at Blindman Brewing.

“Council listened to and carefully considered viewpoints on all sides of this issue, and we are confident that we have struck the right balance between development standards and a promoting a positive business climate,” said Mayor Grant Creasey. “With this expansion, we wish the applicants continued success in their business operations.”

The proposed expansion consists of the use of the existing mezzanine above the taproom, and an exterior patio balcony. To accommodate these additions, two stairwells are required. One is proposed inside of the building, while the other connects the upper patio to the south parking lot in the event of an emergency.

Those parked at the front of the property have direct access to their vehicles; however, anyone parked at the rear of the property will be required to walk around the glycol chiller and CO2 tank using the public road right-of-way as the equipment abuts the west side property boundary. Council has granted a 100 per cent side yard variance, which requires the applicants to enter into a License to Occupy to provide a sidewalk for pedestrian access from the rear parking lot to the front of the building.

“Normally, City administration would require the rear yard to be hard-surfaced with parking barriers and identified parking spaces,” said Chief Administrative Officer Matthew Goudy. “Given the current locations zoning, we are waiving these requirements. We believe that future industrial tenants would be unlikely to benefit from a large paved lot.”

A microbrewery and a distillery will now exclusively occupy this building.

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The Grand Opening is TODAY!

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A Day Filled With Hope – Years in the Making!
For years the CACAC has been walking hand-in-hand with many different partners, community members, donors, policy makers, and leaders in research and advocacy towards this moment.The Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence now stands in the heart of Central Alberta, the first Centre of its kind in North America, creating space for different strategic partners to operate alongside one another in the best interest of children, youths, and families who have experienced any form of abuse.

Now, during this momentous chapter in our history, we invite you to join us for the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence. 

We’re excited to welcome you and your family to the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence today!

Today’s events are family friendly, and there’s something for everyone!

From Noon to 5:00PM the public is welcome to come and see everything the building has to offer at the SKCOE Open House! Staff from every organization from within the SKCOE will be there to answer questions. This is a great opportunity to learn about why this Centre is so important for Central Alberta.

Beginning at 7:00PM, the public is also invited to the formal program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, which is the building immediately North West of us across the parking lot. The formal program will have many messages and presentations from dignitaries, and you can pick up our Champions of Courage pin, which was minted for the Grand Opening only! Following the program there is a ribbon cutting ceremony.

There is a lot to celebrate, so come out and say hi!

When: Thursday, May 16

Where: Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence, and Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, Main Campus of Red Deer Polytechnic, Red Deer, AB.

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Open House

7:00 PM – Formal Program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to follow.

How to get to the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence

Please note that there will also be parking available at the lot directly North of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Detailed RDP Parking Map

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