The University of Alberta is proposing to repurpose the Balmoral Curling Club as a medical research and production facility, including provision for a cyclotron to create medical isotopes for radiological cancer treatments.
There will be an open house on the proposed project on the above date, at the Saville Community Sports Centre, South Campus 11610 – 65 Avenue, 2nd Floor, 2-237 & 2-239. For more information, see this neighbourhood notice and meeting map, recently distributed in parts of Belgravia.
U of A representatives will be on hand to answer questions about the project and a presentation by Dr. Sandy McEwan will begin at 7 pm. Dr. McEwan is the research and academic principal behind this project.
Belgravia Community League encourages all interested and concerned residents to attend and inform themselves of the issues related to this proposal. BCL’s concerns in this include caution over the safety and longer term purposes of the facility, but mainly that the facility and purpose was not initially included in the U of A’s approved 2002 (by the Province of Alberta’s Minister of Advanced Education) long range development plan (LRDP) for South Campus and the lack of transparent and meaningful consultation with campus neighbourhoods on the development of South Campus, including such facilities as the GO Centre. The U of A did amend its LRDP in May 2011 to accommodate the proposed facility.
For more information on the Balmoral redevelopment project, see notes from the May 26th meeting with U of A officials on the proposed redevelopment of this site. Please subscribe to the BCL website to receive email notice of related postings.