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Fort McMurray’s Centennial RV Campground to Close, Make Way for Legacy Dodge Dealership by 2026

Centennial RV Campground is slated to shut down by May 2026, with plans to transform the site into a Legacy Dodge car dealership, following a city council decision to amend the zoning bylaw.

The closure comes after the council discovered that the campground’s operational permit had expired in 2020. Despite this, the campground has continued to operate under the assumption that it could remain open until redevelopment began. Last year, the campground’s owners proposed the zoning amendment to extend its operational period until construction on the new dealership commenced.

Legacy Dodge representatives have stated that the dealership will foster new economic development on the south side of Fort McMurray and provide local employment opportunities. 

During the council meeting, Pastor Edwin Rideout of the Family Christian Centre supported the development, citing the dealership as a promising improvement to the area. He made a controversial remark about the campground’s aesthetics, labeling the site as unsightly.

Campground manager Lana Thiesen, who has overseen the park since 2020, defended the maintenance and management of the site. She highlighted the park’s strict regulations on noise, cleanliness, and property additions, describing the campground as a community that caters to both short-term and long-term tenants. Thiesen did not disclose her stance on the rezoning proposal during the council meeting.

Council members Ken Ball, Keith McGrath, Stu Wigle, and Mayor Sandy Bowman voiced their support for the commercial redevelopment of the campground. 

Ball expressed frustration regarding the campground’s non-compliance since its permit expired, pointing out that the site should no longer be classified solely as a campground due to the presence of long-term residents. He articulated the council’s duty to address these zoning and compliance issues promptly.

As per a Fort McMurray Today report, McGrath introduced an amendment proposing that the dealership construction commence within the next 25 months. Chris Davis, a municipal lawyer, clarified that while the city cannot directly enforce the development timeline, it can legally enforce the closure of the campground within 24 months if progress is not evident.

The decision marks a significant change for the south side of Fort McMurray, as the city looks to new developments to boost its economy and community facilities.

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Brian Wood
Brian Wood
April 25, 2024 1:21 pm

Isn’t it intriguing how Legacy Dodge’s arrival will revitalize Fort McMurray? I’m excited for the economic boost and new chances it offers. The city council’s proactive stance is paving the way for a vibrant future.

isleIvy
isleIvy
April 25, 2024 10:13 pm

Word on the street is that the Centennial RV Campground’s squirrel mascot, Squeaky, might run for city council to save his home from turning into a Dodge parking lot! Can a squirrel really shake up urban planning? Let’s see what happens!

ZoeHarvest
ZoeHarvest
April 25, 2024 11:13 pm

Fort McMurray friends! How awesome is this news? Picture this: a new Legacy Dodge dealership, green spaces, and community perks all coming your way! It’s like a breath of fresh air for our city, blending economic growth with a more vibrant urban vibe. Get excited for the changes ahead! 😄

Sandra Thomas
Sandra Thomas
April 26, 2024 12:16 am

Can you believe the Centennial RV Campground is making way for a Legacy Dodge dealership? I’ll surely cherish the memories of camping there. Excited to see the eco-friendly initiatives at the new dealership!

clumsygenius17
clumsygenius17
April 26, 2024 3:13 am

Isn’t it interesting how the Legacy Dodge dealership’s arrival could benefit the city with increased tax revenue and community projects? The ongoing discussions about helping campground residents transition show care for the community.

JennaBreeze
JennaBreeze
April 26, 2024 11:08 am

Isn’t it interesting to hear about the upcoming changes in Fort McMurray? The Legacy Dodge Dealership is on its way, but what’s even cooler is the plan to add green spaces and community spots to the mix. It’s awesome how they’re thinking about the community’s vibe and economy, right?

JaxieK94
JaxieK94
May 13, 2024 5:51 pm

Exciting news about the Legacy Dodge dealership in Fort McMurray! They’re not just selling cars. they’ll host cool events, go green, and give back to our community. Can’t wait!

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