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GrainsConnect opens Huxley terminal

October 2, 2019, The Western Producer (Jeremy Simes)
GrainsConnect Canada has officially opened an inland storage terminal in east-central Alberta, helping add capacity to its growing network. At full operation, the terminal near Huxley, Alta., will load more than 130 rail cars in less than 14 hours, bringing what the company says will be efficiency and reliability to farmers. "Our mission at GrainsConnect Canada is to help the family farm," Warren Stow, company president, said in a
Downtown Red Deer Former CP Railyard Redevelopment
Work ramping up this spring in Red Deer's Capstone
Work continues on Canada 150 Square
April 30, 2019, Red Deer Advocate (Susan Zielinski)
Next week, Alexander Way will shut down in Capstone at Riverlands and construction will move forward this season on river walk trails and Canada 150 Square. Cory Edinga, Riverlands project manager, said work started in April in front of Carnival Cinemas and Sentinel Storage and will continue on Alexander Way. He said Alexander Way will close on May 8 for the season to allow for roadway work. "There's still a significant amount of
Terminal to load grain bound for B.C. port and beyond

Paterson Grain terminal welcomes public to grand opening
August 30, 2018, Red Deer Advocate (Susan Zielinski)
Paterson Grain wowed the farming community with its new terminal in Bowden Wednesday. Customers, officials, staff and the public were invited to the grand opening of Foothills terminal located off of Hwy 587, about 1.5 km west of Hwy 2. Construction of the $25-million facility started in May 2017, and it's Paterson Grain's fourth inland export terminal in Alberta. "Buzz from the farming community today was just how massive it was

Downtown Red Deer Former CP Railyard Redevelopment
Red Deer's Capstone at Riverlands 20 years in the making
August 30, 2017, Red Deer Express (Erin Fawcett)
After 20 years in the making, the City of Red Deer unveiled its newest neighbourhood in the Riverlands District - Capstone at Riverlands. This new urban community will be located along the banks of the Red Deer River and next to the City's downtown core. Capstone at Riverlands, one of three districts to be redeveloped in greater downtown Red Deer, will be a landmark mixed-use neighbourhood. The neighbourhood is located west of

Downtown Red Deer Former CP Railyard Redevelopment
Riverlands taking shape
Construction slated to begin soon
Riverlands to be unique neighbourhood bringing commercial, recreational and residential together
April 19, 2017, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley)
Red Deer's marquee Riverlands is beginning to take shape. A busy summer of construction is planned in the area west of Taylor Drive south of Gaetz Avenue. While much of the activity scheduled for this year is for work like replacing aging water lines, as well as stormwater structures, sewers and utility infrastructure, the vision for Riverlands is coming into focus. Riverlands project manager Cory Edinga said work will get underway along (more)

Bowden grain terminal a go
Paterson Grain finalizes all necessary agreements
Mar. 14, 2017, Innisfail Province (Johnnie Bachusky)
Paterson Grain is all in for a springtime build in Bowden. All the regulatory approvals are done, deals are signed, land is purchased and the shovels will soon be in the ground. "We are full steam ahead. All the necessary approvals are now in place with the county, Alberta Transportation, and we're closing the deal on the land purchase," said Shane Paterson, the grain handling company's corporate development officer. "We are (more)
Innisfail grain terminal put on the back burner
Sept. 14, 2016, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley)
A proposed GrainsConnect Canada terminal near Innisfail is on the back burner. In February, the company announced plans for a $30-million handling facility just north of Innisfail at Niobe, where the company already has grain elevators through its ownership of Canada Malting. The 35,000-tonne capacity terminal would offload a 135-car train in 10 hours. Construction was to have started in April. GrainsConnect president Warren

Niobe grain terminal project in trouble
GrainsConnect Canada redirects focus to Saskatchewan while local plans put in limbo
Aug. 23, 2016, Innisfail Province (Johnnie Bachusky)
The highly anticipated high-throughput grain terminal planned for Niobe is now in jeopardy of being derailed. The $30 to $40 million project, a kilometre north of Innisfail, was announced by GrainsConnect Canada last winter. Construction for the massive inland grain terminal was originally scheduled to start this year, with the project going online in 2017. However, GrainsConnect, a new player in the grain handling industry, has put the
Bowden snares $25M export terminal
March 18, 2016, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley)
Agriculture is providing some welcome good news in Central Alberta. Winnipeg-based Paterson Grain has just announced its plans to build a $25-million export terminal near Bowden with 55,000 tonnes of capacity and a high-speed unloading system that can empty 150 railcars in seven hours. It is the second grain terminal mega-project unveiled in a month. GrainsConnect Canada is proposing to build its own giant grain-handling
News of Niobe grain terminal earns big applause
Feb. 23, 2016, Innisfail Province (Johnnie Bachusky)
Mayor Brian Spiller says it will be just like the good old days. Innisfail will once again see regular faces from the farm stopping in town for a coffee or to shop after dropping off grain at the massive grain terminal at Niobe, a facility that will open before the harvest of 2017 with a promise to dramatically improve the fortunes of regional farmers, as well as for local merchants. "That was back when mom and dad and the kids would come in by

Oil & Gas and Petrochemicals
Nova settles concerns over rail yard expansion
June 20, 2013, Red Deer Advocate (Harley Richards)
Concerns about the impact of Nova Chemicals Corp. expanding the rail facilities at its Joffre complex appear to have been addressed. A March 14 decision by Lacombe County's municipal planning commission to allow the petrochemical company to add new track and rail car storage facilities to the site was upheld by the county's subdivision and development appeal board on Wednesday. The commission's approval had been appealed

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The Greater Downtown Action Plan progress and potential
May 1, 2013, Red Deer Express (Craig Curtis, City Manager)
The changes to Red Deer's downtown over the last 30 years are due to a number of major catalyst initiatives. These include the relocation of Westerner Park to its current home at the south end of the City and the relocation of the downtown railway line and yards (to) adjacent to Hwy. 2. Following the relocation of the railway line it was recognized that the Riverlands area west of Taylor Dr. presented potential for (more)
Oil & Gas and Petrochemicals
Rail traffic to jump
Rail yard being added at Nova Chemicals at Joffre
Feb. 15, 2013, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley)
Rail traffic at the Nova Chemicals complex in Joffre will be boosted by about 30 per cent as part of a proposed polyethylene plant expansion. A rail yard with room for 450 cars will be added on the west side of the existing yards, which will also be expanded to make room for almost 100 more cars. The additional rail traffic created means Nova will have to drop a self-imposed 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew in its rail yards. The curfew was

Rahr Malting announces $6M expansion to Alix plant
Nov. 1, 2011, Red Deer Advocate
Rahr Malting Co. has announced a $6-million addition to its Alix plant. The expansion will boost Rahr Malting's storage capacity to 1.2 million bushels of barley, up from 400,000 bushels. That will allow the company to accept more barley from farmers during the year, reducing the risk of grain deteriorating while in producers' hands. Rahr Malting president Willie Rahr said increasing the plant's storage is a necessary step before

Downtown Red Deer Former CP Railyard Redevelopment
Red Deer City Council  
Riverlands development ready for debate
Sept. 3, 2011, Red Deer Advocate (Laura Tester)
A plan of how best to develop Riverlands into a vibrant mixed-use neighbourhood over the next 20 years is going forward to Red Deer city council on Monday. Elected leaders will be asked to give first reading of the 2011 Riverlands Area Redevelopment Plan. The plan area is defined by the Red Deer River on the west, Taylor Drive on the north and east and the West Park neighbourhood on the south. The area redevelopment plan was (more)
Oil & Gas and Petrochemicals
Dow takes on feedstock in $41 million expansion
Dow Chemical Canada Inc. is planning a $41-million expansion at its Prentiss polyethylene plant
April 29, 2011, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley)
The project to be built over two years will see new rail lines added and additional equipment installed to produce new grades of polyethylene using butene as feedstock. Construction is expected to begin next month and the first phase will wrap up in October. A second phase will be built between May and October next year. Construction will create 25 to 50 temporary jobs this year and 150 to 200 similar jobs next year. Once

Downtown Red Deer Former CP Railyard Redevelopment
Railyards -- City 'too late' on railway lands: citizen
Open house on a 20-Year Plan for Downtown
June 15, 2011, Red Deer Advocate (Lana Michelin)
The City of Red Deer is two decades too late in planning for the redevelopment of the downtown railway lands, says a Red Deer citizen concerned about preserving the city's rail history. Paul Pettypiece, a member of the local Forth Junction Society dedicated to keeping alive the city's railway heritage, attended an open house Tuesday that starts the ball rolling on a 20-year plan for the region around Superstore. While the area northwest (more)

Downtown Red Deer Former CP Railyard Redevelopment
Strong turnout for open house
March 30, 2011, Red Deer Advocate (Laura Tester)
The potential for turning 92 acres of prime land near the Red Deer River into a thriving mixed-use downtown area over the next two decades is huge, a public open house heard on Tuesday. More than 100 people packed a building in Cronquist Business Park to listen to presentations on the latest plans for the Riverlands area in the southwest sector of the downtown area. They heard more details on what this area could look like under (more)

Downtown Red Deer Former CP Railyard Redevelopment
Our View (Editorial)
Time for downtown vision
July 20, 2010, Red Deer Advocate (John Stewart)
Does the strength of a downtown rest with its human element or its construct? In Edmonton, the debate rages over the proposed $450-million downtown arena complex and all that it represents to a downtown that in many ways is socially bereft, culturally diminished and economically deprived. Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz is expected to lay the foundation for the project with $100 million of his own money. He wants the city to
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Oil & Gas and Petrochemicals
Rail link needs rezoning
March 24, 2010, Red Deer Advocate
Parkland Refining Ltd. wants to rezone nearly 14 acres to build a rail spur to its refinery and tank farm just north of Bowden. Red Deer County council granted first reading to a bylaw to adopt a proposed area structure plan necessary to make way for the project to build a rail spur off the nearby Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. line. To prepare for the tracks, 14 acres of Parkland-owned land must be rezoned to heavy industrial. The project,

Downtown Red Deer Former CP Railyard Redevelopment
Our Opinion (Editorial)

New idea for Riverlands worth an Olympic cheer
Feb. 24, 2010, Red Deer Express (Johnnie Bachusky) 
While Olympians continue their quest for glory this week in Vancouver, there are those in this city and region quietly moving forward with dreams of their own. Before the recession dropped like a bomb in late 2008 Red Deer was positioning itself for an exciting and prosperous future with ambitious Olympian-like plans for the Riverlands that featured a canal-driven development concept with an ultimate goal of making the city a major (more)

Downtown Red Deer Former CP Railyard Redevelopment
Our View (Editorial)

One-time opportunity
Feb. 8, 2010, Red Deer Advocate (Greg Neiman)  
Let's set aside throne speeches, Parliaments, taxes and frozen windrows of snow for a while and think about something really important: a model rail museum and theme park for Riverlands. The first time you hear of a tourism-themed idea like this, the normal reaction is: "What the heck are you thinking about?" If the idea cannot climb over that first reaction, it is dead. Witness the proposal for a set of canals running through the
Downtown Red Deer Former CP Railyard Redevelopment

Happy to hear more talk on large scale attractions

Feb. 5, 2010, Red Deer Advocate online blog (Leo Pare) & print edition Feb. 10, 2010
Since the canals project dried up in late 2008, there hasn't been much talk around Red Deer's future as a tourism destination. The Advocate recently posted an online poll which revealed readers' dismal evaluation of our tourism appeal. Online commenters fiercely debated Red Deer's ups and downs. Some touted amenities like camp sites, rec facilities, and natural landscape -- all of which are tremendous community assets to be sure --

Downtown Red Deer Former CP Railyard Redevelopment
Tourism proposal facing obstacles
Transportation theme park must capture attention of public
Feb. 5, 2010, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley)
The toughest task facing a group trying to develop rail- and transportation-themed tourist attractions for the Red Deer area will be getting the proposal moving, predicted a local businessman who previously pitched canals to put the city on the map. "They're very difficult," said Ken Mandrusiak of ambitious tourist concepts. "It's like starting a train. Once you get going, you can create some momentum." A local group called Forth Junction (more)
Downtown Red Deer Former CP Railyard Redevelopment
World-class attraction proposed for Riverlands

Forth Junction idea as theme park based on model train village
Feb. 4, 2010, Red Deer Advocate (Laura Tester)
World-class attractions focused on railway and other ground transportation are being promoted for sites in downtown Red Deer and Red Deer County by a group that has been working quietly for a year on the vision. Forth Junction Heritage Society hopes to turn Red Deer into a major tourist destination that would include shops, a children's theme park and a ground transportation museum in the heart of Riverlands. Visitor (more)

Downtown Red Deer Former CP Railyard Redevelopment
Big expectations for downtown Red Deer
June 8, 2009, Red Deer Advocate (Laura Tester)
Over the next 20 years, Red Deer's downtown is set to become a thriving zone of cultural attractions, pedestrian-friendly streets and mixed use residential and commercial development. Community leaders are keen to see that vision happen. For more than a year, the City of Red Deer worked with consultants and gathered public input on how to invigorate the core. The end result -- an updated version of the 2000 Greater (more)

Downtown Red Deer Former CP Railyard Redevelopment
Chance of a lifetime
Jan. 23, 2009, Red Deer Advocate (Paige Aarhus)
City councillor Cindy Jeffries hopes Red Deer residents will get on board for a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to completely redevelop the city's riverfront. Jeffries presented an update on the Greater Downtown Action Plan (GDAP) at city hall Thursday. She and Lorne Daniel, a head consultant for the project, described a dramatically different downtown Red Deer. "This will be and is one of the highlights of my council career so far," said (more)

Downtown Red Deer Former CP Railyard Redevelopment
The Big Wow is still in play
Nov. 19, 2008, Red Deer Express (Johnnie Bachusky)

A consultant's report obtained by the Express shows a full-fledged canal concept for the Riverlands would cost up to half a billion dollars, including more than $50 million to compensate private landowners. City manager Craig Curtis said the findings were the primary reasons why the Greater Downtown Action Plan (GDAP) steering committee will recommend to city council either next month or in January to adopt a scaled down concept

Downtown Red Deer Former CP Railyard Redevelopment
Red Deer - Alberta's next great city
July 2, 2008, Red Deer Express (Erin Fawcett)
Internationally recognized planner Michael von Hausen said he believes Red Deer is the next great city in Alberta.
He, along with planner Michael Gellar were in Red Deer last week to lead the community in shaping a vision for downtown. Over the course of the week they led an evening workshop on the future of downtown and prepared key urban design concepts for downtown Red Deer. Concepts were then displayed for input June 24 and

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