‘Huge Win-Win-Win’ Chicken Plant Outlet for Calgary Neighborhood – Calgary | The Canadian News

Calgar residents living in the Ramsay neighborhood in the center of the city were celebrating a ‘breath of fresh air’ on Friday.

After decades of complaining about the Lilydale chicken processing plant, the facility will soon be moving out of the community.

“I’m happy they are moving in,” said Darrel Larsen, a longtime Ramsay resident. “There are always chicken feathers in our garden.”

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Since its opening in 1943, the Lilydale plant has brought many complaints.

“There’s always the smell, the ‘Lilydale smell,’ it’s part of Ramsay,” said Ramsay Community Association Director Erin Joslin. “And the trucks that enter and leave the neighborhood.”

During his 20 years living across the street from the Lilydale plant, Larsen has also been disturbed by truck traffic: “They raise a ton of dust.”

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That will soon come to an end, with the city councilman representing the area outlining plans for Lilydale’s departure.

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“We’re taking Alberta’s largest chicken slaughterhouse and moving it into a new, state-of-the-art facility that can grow and grow and grow,” said District 9 Councilor Gian-Carlo Carra.

“Which meets all of our economic diversification goals – it’s a farm business, it’s a value-added farm business, it keeps the jobs and tax base in the city, it’s just a huge mutual benefit.”

Lilydale’s move to an industrial area in Calgary leads to the construction of the Green Line LRT project through the site.

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The City has purchased the site and will take over the property on January 15th. Then you will start looking for other options along the transit line.

“I look forward to new plans being developed,” said Ramsay resident Jeanette Beskorovayny, adding that in a way that will improve the community.

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