(Source: Calgary Herald)

Plans to cap the site of a former refinery where an explosion killed two men a decade ago and eventually build an office building can proceed after city council approved a land use change Monday.

With the decision, the owners of the former Hub Oil site say they will start investigating the interest in building on the 1.7-hectare parcel at 17th Avenue S. E.

“We wanted to make this a brownfield site,” said Russ Kalmacoff, chairman of Hub Oil, which is a dormant company, and president of Rockmount Corp., the real estate development arm of the business. “It allows us to develop light industrial, retail. We’re going to do market research and make that decision as soon as we can.”

Council had a number of questions about the site, which has sat empty since two men died in an explosion in 1999, particularly around the cleanup and the ongoing liability.

Read Kim Guttormson’s full article “Site of Calgary Hub blast to be developed” in the Calgary Herald (September 15, 2009).

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