Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the Community Learning Centre Project

The Town of Ponoka has signed a lease agreement for up to 28,000 square feet of floor space in a new three-storey Community Learning Centre building that will be constructed by a developer, Landrex Inc. The building will be constructed on the old hospital site at the north end of Downtown Ponoka on 50 Street.

Demolition of the old hospital building and construction of the new Community Learning Centre are anticipated to begin in 2017.  To help keep the public informed of the details around this project, we have compiled FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) along with answers to each question.

Just click on the questions below to read the answers to each question.

FAQs:

The Town's Lease Agreement:

Q 1. What will the Town’s 28,000 square feet of leased space in the Community Learning Centre be used for?

Q 2. Why did the Town decide to lease space in the new Community Learning Centre, rather than construct its own building on Town-owned land?

Q 3. Do the Town's lease costs for this project fall within the Town of Ponoka's Debt limit as legislated under the Municipal Government Act (MGA)? 

Q 4. What are the Town's costs to lease space in the new Community Learning Centre building under the 25-year lease agreement it has signed?

Q 5. How different is the current lease agreement that was signed by the Town from the preliminary lease agreement that was presented to Town Council and reviewed by the Town Auditor back in February 2017?

Q 6. How did the Town determine the lease rate it will pay to lease space in the new building?

Q 7. Can I see a copy of the Community Learning Centre Lease?

Q 8. Will the Town be required to pay a penalty to exercise the Buy-Out Option in the Community Learning Centre Lease Agreement?

Q 9. Why did the Town have to pass a Borrowing Bylaw before signing the Community Learning Centre Lease Agreement?

Q 10. Why are the terms of the lease agreement signed by the Town different from the lease terms outlined in the Borrowing Bylaw (the Community Learning Centre Lease Bylaw) that was advertised to the public in February 2017?

Q 11. What impact will the Town's lease costs for the Community Learning Centre project have on my property taxes?

Campus Alberta Central and its role in the project:

Q 12. Has a sublease been finalized yet with Campus Alberta Central?

Q 13. What do we know about Campus Alberta Central?

Q 14. What kind of post-secondary programs will CAC offer in Ponoka?

Plans for a new Library in the Community Learning Centre building:

Q 15. Why does the Ponoka Jubilee Library need to move from its current building into a bigger space?

Q 16. Will locating the new library at the north end of Downtown Ponoka affect usage among Library users who walk to the Library?

Q 17. What will happen to the old Library?

Development plans for the old hospital site:

Q 18. What else will be built on the old hospital site in addition to the Community Learning Centre building?

Q 19. When will work begin on the old hospital site?

Q 20. What's happening with the existing trees on the old hospital site?

Q 21. How will parking be managed once the redevelopment on the old hospital site is completed?

Other important questions about the project:

Q 22. When will the new building be completed? Will the current legal action filed against the Town delay the project?

Q 23. Who is Landrex?

Q 24. What has the Town been doing to keep the public informed about this project?