The Town of Cochrane and Melcor Developments Ltd. will soon begin construction on a new paved pathway, connecting Sunset Ridge to existing Cochrane trails.
In a news release, the Town of Cochrane stated the temporary road behind Sunset View will be paved to restore greenspace and replace an existing informal pathway. Established by Melcor for construction access in early 2022, the site's original restoration plan included returning the area to its original natural state.
Now, supported by residents, Town of Cochrane administration and Melcor will work collaboratively to develop a critical link in Cochrane's pathway system by adopting the construction of a permanent paved pathway into its site rehabilitation plan.
"We are fortunate as a community to work with developers that understand and align with council and administration's priorities. We are committed to community connectivity, enhancing open space & natural areas and furthering the livability of Cochrane," said Drew Hyndman, executive director of Development and Infrastructure Services for the Town of Cochrane, in the release.
"This partnership demonstrates how Cochrane is creating efficiencies strategically by evaluating future community needs and current opportunities."
“Melcor is very pleased to partner with the Town and collaborate in building lasting amenities for residents in Sunset Ridge,” added Alan Boucher, regional manager for Melcor Developments Ltd. “This paved pathway extension is one example of how partnership between municipalities and developers can create opportunities to optimize resources and work collaboratively to benefit both the Town and residents.
“Thank you to Administration and Council for your support in bringing forward these types of partnerships.”
Melcor will contribute $285,000 to fund the total cost of the project. With construction lasting approximately six to eight weeks, the paved pathway is expected to open for use this fall, weather conditions permitting. For safety, the area will remain closed during construction until the pathway is complete.