Lacombe City Council approved an initiative to explore innovative land development, partnering and sponsorship opportunities through the continued use of a public Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI).
The continuation of this process stems from the success of Building Lacombe: RFEOI, which in 2019 led to multiple achievements, including the acquisition of the former Parkland Regional Library building and the sale of the two newly created commercial lots on the western edge of the community.
The proceeds allowed Council to eliminate the debenture borrowing from purchasing the Provincial building. Council again used the process to seek a user for the Parkland Regional Library building. This process led to establishing a long-term lease with all utilities and maintenance covered by the tenant.
"Council is always looking for creative ways to drive investment towards Lacombe," Mayor Grant Creasey said. "The RFEOI process allows the City to partner with the broader community to ensure municipal properties continue to benefit our citizens. Council looks forward to reviewing innovative proposals from interested citizens, organizations and businesses."
Due to the initiative's success, the RFEOI process will soon be a permanent fixture of City business, with a detailed listing of available opportunities for collaboration available via the City's website. The RFEOI will be a living, ongoing document and will include:
- Land Development
- Len Thompson Industrial Park lots
- Public Works site
- City Hall site
- Vacant industrial lot (3810 53 Avenue). The lot is just east of the Police Station.
- Vacant lot (5422 56 Avenue) between City Hall to the west and Dancer's Edge to the east.
- Partnership Opportunities
- City-owned parking lots. These do not include the Lacombe Memorial Centre and Fire Hall locations.
- Michener Park Campground
- Lacombe Memorial Centre Kinsmen Room
- Sponsorship Opportunities
- Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex
- Dressing Rooms
- Public Art
- Splash Park
- Hall of Fame
The official RFEOI page on lacombe.ca will launch in May 2022, and will showcase a series of photos, videos, maps, and other resources to prospective collaborators.