A new commercial development is in the works for Stone Creek.
Sureway Construction Group got the break they were looking for after Wood Buffalo council approved amending the ‘Timberlea Area Structure Plan’ at their meeting last week so the project could move forward.
The new area would become home to new businesses, retail stores, offices, hotels, and more.
Division Manager Dan Soupal says, after years of work, it’s exciting to see the project get closer to fruition.
“It’s an evolving process but we’re very excited about this development, we’re eager to get going – we feel it’s a positive addition to the community and will create employment and economic opportunities.”
The next steps include designs and getting the proper permits in place. So far, they’ve already done a geotechnical investigation, a transportation impact assessment, preliminary site servicing investigations, and a conceptual site layout.
Early design concepts also include replacing traffic lights with traffic circles and adding a treeline to appease some of the residential homes.
Meanwhile, Councillor Jeff Peddle says this development could do wonders to the economy.
“For me, business generates business and obviously well-needed jobs stimulate our economy, so this is something I support, we certainly need small business, we need investment in the community.”
Councillor Keith McGrath echoed the same message.
Soupal adds they’re hoping to start as soon as possible.
“I would see us potentially being in the ground next year given the timelines it would take to do a detailed design and go through the approval process.”
The development is expected to take two to three years to complete.