A proposed $1 million project which will include a large conference center, casino and gondola to the tea house on Mount Lady MacDonald does not go down well with residents. The suggested project came from Silvertip Resort in Canmore, is not a shared idea amongst residents.
According to Guy Turcotte, CEO of the resort, the conference center if constructed will be one of the largest in the entire country.
In addition to the project, there will be two gondolas. One will begin by the Trans-Canada-Highway, off the Palliser Trail which is situated near a reserve land for the housing of 850 workers. Workers will be able to make use of the gondola to reach to the mid-station where most of the development will be taking place.
However on Sunday, discussions were held to get the opinion of residents in which some residents raised environmental concerns in regards to the proposed project. Some other residents also commented about the casino saying it will have a negative effect on the community as it will encourage addiction and also give a bad atmosphere.
For Tracy Henderson, the proposed project is not the sort of project need by residents. She went on to add that residents in the community are losing their voice as the sort of development they want. But for Turcotte, the project will expose the community to more people as it has been less accessible for many who cannot climb the mountains.
Although Turcotte has been able to gain acceptance to construct the conference center, the casion and gondola part of the project has not yet being approved.