A plot of land downtown, which has sat vacant for four years following the demolition of the decades old derelict Atrium building, has finally been sold.
On July 17, Lethbridge City Council approved the sale of the land at 319 – 7 St. S to a private developer.
The property was sold for $261,000, with a closing date of Dec. 20, to Stone Arbour Developments Inc., which recently developed the downtown living Suites at 601 in the former Bargain Shop building on 4 Avenue South. However, developers say there are no firm plans in place for the old Atrium land as of yet.
Construction of the Atrium building began in the 1980s, but it was never completed. It was often referred to as an “eyesore” in the downtown core.
Over the years there were a couple private sector ventures that were tried, with the most recent being in 2010, said Michael Kelly, the City’s manager of real estate and land development.
“However, they did not proceed,” he said.
Fundraising goal nearly met
After 10 years, it will be “mission accomplished.”
Funds raised through the John Gill Memorial Golf Tournament each year will become the endowment for a permanent scholarship program in his name. So this year’s event, on Sept. 1, will be the last.
“Raising funds for scholarships and building friendships along the way were very close to John’s heart,” says Tanya Gill.
A Crown prosecutor who served terms on the University of Lethbridge board and senate, Gill was also president of its alumni association. After his death 10 years ago while on vacation in Mexico, friends decided to create a scholarship fund in his memory.
“We are incredibly grateful for the support we have received over the years in putting this tournament together, and raising the funds we have in support of student scholarships,” says Tanya Gill.
“We’re looking forward to celebrating John’s legacy at this final tournament by reaching our funding goal and endowing the scholarship fund in perpetuity.”
Each year, six U of L students will receive a $1,000 award.
The final tourney — a four-person, 18-hole open scramble — will be held at Paradise Canyon. The $200 entry fee includes a cart and dinner.
Further details are available from the alumni office, email@example.com or by phone at 403-317-2825.
Taber corn nearly ready
This year’s crop of Taber corn is almost ready to hit the streets.
Dave Jensen, a Taber corn farmer for the past 40 years, said the crop is in line with what they would normally expect to see at this time of the year.
“The later stuff we seeded actually looks a little better (than the early crop),” he said.
“The crop looks good, even though the weather has been hot, because of variation.”
“Corn loves heat,” Jensen said, but added the heat can become a concern when the corn starts coming on due to bunching. He said keeping the plants irrigated helps, and the corn is able to soak up as much sunshine as possible.
Jensen’s corn will be ready this coming week, possibly as late as Wednesday, but maybe as early as Monday.
“Until I actually walk through the field and pick some, and then grade it, (that will determine when) I put the picker in,” he said.
While he has been growing Taber corn for four decades, Jensen said he is not sure what exactly it is that makes corn grown in the area so special. The basic elements for growing corn are the same everywhere.
“It’s sunshine, soil, water and heat,” he said.
Another apartment fire
Fire officials are reminding the Lethbridge community of the high fire risk after a second west side apartment fire Thursday night caused by improper cigarette disposal.
Firefighters were called to an apartment complex in the 300 block of Highlands Blvd. W. around 9 p.m.
The fire started on the deck of a fourth floor unit. The tenant was sleeping inside and unaware there was a fire. A neighbour spotted the flames and called 911. Crews from two stations arrived on scene and quickly contained the fire to the deck. The damage is estimated at $1,000.
The complex is home to approximately 80 people in 45 units.
Fire Prevention Officer Marc Royer said the situation could have been much worse if it hadn’t been noticed and acted on so quickly.