Progress is being made with a Chinese company to be a major developer in an industrial expansion around the Edmonton International Airport, according to the mayor of the City of Leduc.
Mayor Greg Krischke said Aerotropolis is gaining international attention, where industrial interests would set up just off the airport property on 65 Ave SW.
“It is the new hub of industrial activity, is around an airport,” Krischke said Thursday. “We see very positive signs already and we want to responsibly plan it so that we can take maximum advantage of the economic potential.”
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The Aerotropolis project is just one part of what’s being talked about with Leduc County, the city of Edmonton, the city of Leduc and the Airports’ Authority in annexation talks.
An annexation open house will take place Thursday night at the Nisku Inn from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with both Mayor Don Iveson and County of Leduc Mayor John Whaley opening the event.
Taxation issues, land use and transportation will be among the topics the public will be updated on, including economic activity.
“We’re not completely out of the woods yet but we’re certainly moving in the right direction,” Krischke said. “When you start to hear of people inquiring and people wanting to come forward with development permits you realize it’s coming back.”
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All parties are working to get economic development going, especially around the airport. Krischke said the long range plan will mean extension of the north south corridors into Edmonton.
“Edmonton, Leduc County and the city [of Leduc] have long said it’s important to have more than one corridor in and out of Edmonton,” he said. “So 170 Street becomes very important to go around the west side of the airport and eventually connect with the QEII, south of Leduc.”
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Extending Terwillegar drive is on the radar, in what the mayor said is the long range plan of the Metro Edmonton regional board.
“Definitely not decades, but you need to know it has to happen,” Krischke said. “But they haven’t even looked at acquiring land, or along what range roads etcetera it’s going to go. That’s a little bit into the future yet.”
Other open house events will happen at the Nisku Inn April 12 and 26, and a fourth open house will be at the Derrick Golf and Winter Club May 2.