Former RCMP building sold
Local construction company moving in
By: Roxanne Blackwell
| Posted: Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 04:13 pm
The vacant RCMP building on Woodgate Road will be home to an Okotoks-based construction company after the sale closes on June 30.
Canadian Oilsands Construction Ltd. purchased the property for $1.75 million, and president Brad Maguire said they’re looking forward to turning the building into their new head office.
“We’re on Elma Street right now in a little house and we’ve kind of outgrown it,” he said. “It (The former detachment) is a very nice building and it’s probably the best value we could find.”
In September 2013, the Okotoks RCMP moved into the new Southridge Emergency Services building, which also houses Okotoks Municipal Enforcement and a south fire hall. The money from the sale will be going back into the Town’s land reserve fund which was used to purchase space for the new facility.
The old detachment hasn’t been sitting empty since then, the Foothills School Division made use of the building from September to February after being temporarily forced out of their High River offices by last summer’s flood.
Maguire is now eager to make the space work for their company.
“We really like this community, this is where our roots are,” he said.
Canadian Oilsands Construction was founded in 2009 and he said they all had ties to the community, including operating a fabrication shop next to the bowling alley in the early 2000s. Since the company focuses on pipeline work, most of their 200 to 400 employees are located in Northern Alberta, but Maguire said the management team was keen on being in Okotoks.
“We just really enjoy Okotoks as a community and that’s the biggest reason we’re here,” he said.
The company is considering adding three or four more office positions once they get into the bigger space. They still have some things to figure out, like what to do with the four jail cells.
“We’ll hopefully knock them out,” he said. “That’s the plan.”