It won't be long before construction starts on a massive project in rural Strathcona County.
On Tuesday (Mar.12), the county shared an early-stage concept design of a multi-purpose agricultural facility and its site. The design draft establishes the relationship between basic elements, such as stabling and livestock handling, which will be further developed during the schematic design.
"There are still a lot of things that can change with this at the concept stage, but it's really just trying to get those elements to start flowing," said Joel Gould, manager of agriculture services with the county.
The project will be located on 230 acres of land surrounding the Bremner Heritage Site on Range Road 225, north of Township Road 534.
Once complete, it will feature a number of spaces designed to accommodate both traditional and non-traditional argricultural activities, as well as day-use areas and trails.
"We're calling it a site because it's more than just one building," Gould explained. "There's an outdoor covered arena, an outdoor arena and a really large multi-purpose field for dog shows, horse jumping, polo and things like that."
"Then, there's a large indoor ring that's heated and utilized year-round for multi-purpose, so it can be animal shows, but it also could be conferences."
In total, the project will cost more than $47 million, with $23.8 million of it already approved in the 2019 budget. An additional $24.3 million has been requested and is pending formal approval in 2020.
Site servicing and construction is expected to begin this summer, once design phases have been completed. It will take about two and a half years to finish.

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