July 21, 2024

Building of a seven-storey clinic was to start on the finish of April 2024, however the mission has doubled in dimension.

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The builders behind a deliberate medical clinic deliberate for downtown Fort McMurray will get extra time to finalize the sale of the land and to finish a timeline for development.

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The development firm, Sultan Administration Group (SMG) Builders, will work with the municipality on finishing sale of the land by the tip of March and on an inexpensive timeline for development of the ability.

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Council and administration didn’t doubt the intentions of SMG’s proprietor, Sultan Zamman, at Tuesday’s assembly. However dissenting councillors have been pissed off with delays. Some questioned if the mission must be cancelled and the land return to the open market.

In December 2022, SMG made an unsolicited supply to the municipality to buy the previous A&W lot and the adjoining constructing at Franklin Avenue and Morrison Road for $935,000. Council accepted the sale and development was to start on the finish of April 2024.

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A lawyer for SMG informed the municipality final November that the mission has grown from a seven-storey constructing to 14 storeys after group consultations. The land must be rezoned for this development.

Planning, design work and allowing for this bigger constructing means SMG can not begin development till June 2025. A contract continues to be being negotiated between SMG and the RMWB, and no settlement has been signed. The RMWB nonetheless owns the land.

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Work crews demolish the previous A&W restaurant on the nook of Franklin Avenue and Morrison Road in downtown Fort McMurray on Wednesday, August 3, 2022. Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray At present/Postmedia Community

Councillor Ken Ball mentioned SMG’s development timelines have been “ridiculously aggressive.” The RMWB has been engaged on waterfront for greater than 4 years, he mentioned, and there has not been a lot development executed. Ball proposed the movement about affordable timelines and ending the land sale.

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Zamman mentioned lots of the required surveys and assessments have been completed or will start quickly. A lot of the preliminary work wanted has already begun.

Councillor Lance Bussieres mentioned SMG ought to have signed a contract and made a deposit with the RMWB as an indication of excellent religion. Bussieres mentioned he has spoken with builders who felt they didn’t have a good likelihood to bid on the land.

Zamman mentioned he understood Bussieres considerations and mentioned SMG would have made a deposit if it was demanded by his attorneys. Municipal lawyer Chris Davies reiterated all through the assembly that regardless of this hurdle, SMG has acted in good religion with the RMWB.

Councillor Kendrick Cardinal additionally mentioned the possible sale must be cancelled. SMG can bid on the land in opposition to different builders, he mentioned. Zamman mentioned SMG has help from banks and traders, and is in talks with a First Nation to companion on the clinic.

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Mayor Sandy Bowman and councillors Ball, Funky Banjoko, Jane Stroud and Loretta Waquan voted in favour of Ball’s movement. Councillors Bussieres, Cardinal and Allan Grandison have been opposed. Councillors Keith McGrath and Stu Wigle have been absent.

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Councillor Shafiq Dogar at Shell Place for the swearing-in ceremony of the Regional Municipality of Wooden Buffalo’s council on Oct. 25, 2021. Photograph by Greg Halinda of Greg Halinda Images for the Regional Municipality of Wooden Buffalo jpg, FM

Land sale a part of lawsuit in opposition to Dogar

Councillor Shafiq Dogar needed to excuse himself from the assembly as a result of he’s being sued by Zamman for $300,000.

At a gathering final January, Dogar alleged “sure procedures of the (Municipal Governance Act) have been additionally not adhered to” relating to the sale. He was additionally upset the land was offered at a loss.

The land was expropriated in 2013 at practically $8.1 million to make manner for an area that was cancelled in 2015. Presenters informed council in December it’s unlikely the RMWB will see that cash once more since land costs have plummeted since 2013.

Dogar is accused of claiming the RMWB ignored protocols and that Zamman received the contract due to political favours from council. Dogar denies the claims.

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