By Dale Woodard on September 24, 2021.
It was a true TRIP, and there will be more to shape downtown.
The City of Lethbridge celebrated Six08 Health as the first recipient of the Targeted Redevelopment Incentive Program (TRIP) with an official opening ceremony and ribbon cutting Thursday afternoon at its downtown location.
With its $ 4.8 million redevelopment project at 608 5 Avenue South, Six08 Health – formerly East Meets West – is the first company to use the new municipal tax relief program.
Six08 Health opened in its new location in May.
âSix08 Health is thrilled to officially open our doors in southern Alberta, delivering patient-centered, collaborative and unified healthcare,â said Dr. Sean Hantke, Clinic Director of Six08 Health. âOur model of care is something that has never been done and we are excited to bring this to the City of Lethbridge, and more specifically, downtown. From humble beginnings like East Meets West and nearly 20 years in business, we’ve seen the need for facilities like this. A project of this magnitude would not be possible without the support and commitment of our patients and staff. “
Construction of the 18,000 square foot clinic began in October 2019 and was completed in May of this year.
âThis building is the result of many people and everyone should be very proud to have helped make this vision a reality,â said Hantke. âWhen we first embarked on this trip, our challenge was to find a building large enough with easy access and parking. We not only needed to identify a suitable building, but also a location that would strategically meet the future needs of our growing community. We agree that downtown would be the perfect location. Supported by the City of Lethbridge and the Downtown Revitalization Program, our drive to improve downtown commercial services as well as our city’s visual footprint has become paramount and we could not be happier with the outcome.
One of the benefits of TRIP for the City is that once the short term cancellation period is over, a much higher amount of taxes is collected due to the increase in the value of the property.
For the Six08 Health project, the City will receive approximately $ 88,000 more in annual taxes than what was received before construction. This is revenue that will be collected each year after the seven-year cancellation period.
Six08 Health will bring together a multitude of health professionals, including massage, acupuncture, chiropractor, physiotherapy, naturopathic medicine, speech therapy, psychology, dental and dental hygiene, medical aesthetics, fitness , family medicine and gastrointestinal medicine, pharmacy and supervised child care.
The unified team will share a common goal of providing optimal patient-centered care at a new, state-of-the-art facility in downtown Lethbridge.
âThe Six08 Health model is a different style of healthcare in the sense that we are all a big team,â Hantke said, adding that Six08 Health has around 65 employees. âWe are all collaborating and working together to find the best collaborative plans for our patient and a collaborative treatment plan. Rather than operating in independent silos, we operate more as a team. With the health of a person, you need more than one professional to deal with many different illnesses most of the time. We have it all under one roof.
Lorien Johansen, chair of the Heart of Our City committee, said the project has been in the works for 10 years.
âThis is the realization of our program on which several committees and several municipal councils have worked. He supports many of our pillars for Heart Of Our City, the dynamism being probably the most important and the most easily recognizable. It’s really gratifying to be able to see an opening of something we’ve worked so long and hard on and to be here to be able to congratulate everyone and see our dream finally come true is amazing.
Johansen said there were more TRIP projects in the works.
âThey go through the same process as this one. “
Mike Prociw, Market Intelligence Advisor with Economic Development Lethbridge and Heart Of The City Board Member, highlighted the culmination of Thursday’s grand opening and increased commercial presence downtown.
âIt’s great for the downtown area and for the community and something that we hope to see and facilitate further advancement,â he said. “I think he’s a great role model and sets a good model for future development and hopefully encourages others to look for other opportunities.”
Hantke was eager to be a part of the downtown community.
âObviously, given the condition of downtown over the past few years, we are hopefully delighted to be the catalyst for improving the downtown facade and downtown core. So far all is well, all is well. We really enjoyed being part of the city center.
TRIP is available for projects with a minimum construction value of $ 500,000.
For more information on this and other downtown incentive programs, visit http://www.lethbridge.ca/downtownincentives.
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