Old Lincoln Park air force base nearly cleaned up
City has spent millions to clean site and will sell it as a business park
An environmental mess left behind at an old air force base in southwest Calgary is in the final stages of being cleaned up.
The city bought the 28 hectares of land from Ottawa’s Department of National Defence back in the 1960s and has had to spend millions to clean up diesel fuel and other contaminants left behind at the Lincoln Park site so it can sell it as a business park.
The land, near Crowchild Trail and 50th Avenue S.W., has been used by ATCO for the past few decades.
Area Ald. Brian Pincott says the whole area will benefit from the redevelopment.
"We're confident that doing this is the absolutely right thing," said Pincott.
"You need to clean up the environmental contamination and we are creating a great location for businesses to come and build."
Pincott says a new cycle path will be installed along 50th Avenue, which will help connect Mount Royal University with the Elbow River pathway.
Pincott says because the city has had the land for so long, it can't send the bill to Ottawa.
"[The land] will be sold at market rates, so the goal, as always when you sell something, is you don't lose money."
The city's manager of land servicing, John Potts, won't provide a dollar figure for the project but he says cleaning up the contaminants has been a bigger job than expected.
"It was a little more costly than what we wanted it to be, naturally, when you have that but it was fairly straightforward, it was easy to identify and just had to extract it and pull it out," says Potts.
The work, including installing new utility lines and roads, is scheduled to be done next year, clearing the way for offices and other businesses to rise in Lincoln Park.