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New tax relief program revitalizing downtown Lethbridge

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – An official grand opening was held in downtown Lethbridge Thursday for the first business which used the city’s Targeted Redevelopment Incentive Program (TRIP).

Six08 Health, formerly known as East Meets West, was a $4.8 million redevelopment along 5th Avenue South.

Lethbridge’s Urban Revitalization Manager, Andrew Malcolm says this tax relief program for businesses wanting to redevelop older buildings downtown is becoming quite popular.

“We actually have two other projects already approved by Council, they just haven’t come to completion yet,” says Malcolm. “One is in the post office and the other in the sub-specialty medicine clinic on 3rd Avenue South. Two more are coming down the pipeline and we have four to five applications in right now with the intent to proceed to Council once the new Council is in place.”

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The City of Lethbridge eventually benefits from this program in that, once the short-term cancellation period is over, a far greater amount of taxes are received due to the increased value of the property. For the Six08 Health project, the City will receive an estimated $88,000 more in annual taxes than what was being received prior to construction.

TRIP is available for projects with a minimum construction value of $500,000.

(with files from City of Lethbridge)

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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