FORT MACLEOD: The mood has definitely changed in Fort Macleod, as work on the police training centre promised to the community back in 2006 is finally on the horizon.
Mayor Shawn Patience noted that Fort Macleod council approved an access agreement with the province Monday night, which will allow the province to start on any geo-tech or engineering work that needs to be done.
Patience added that they're hoping to break ground on the project near the end of June or early July, with full construction starting up in 2012. He went on to say that as long as things go according to plan, the doors should open in the summer of 2014.
While Patience commented that the entire community is excited about the centre finally coming into view, a number of local business owners are breating a sigh of relief. He explained that they started investing money in the community and their businesses after the town was awarded the centre in 2006, counting on the facility to bring more people and business into Fort Macleod.
Patience even noted that since the province confirmed that they will build the training centre in the town, they're also starting to see a big increase in interest from investors outside of Fort Macleod, who are expecting major growth and development in the coming years.