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Developer climbs aboard to save Calgary's Kensington Legion

Members of the Kensington Legion have been given renewed hope as a new developer has stepped forward to salvage plans for a new headquarters.

Metro was first to report earlier this month that the original developer of the new site, which has been in the works for two years, had backed away after being told by the city it would need to fork over $1.5 million to purchase a "remnant parcel" of land to erect the replacement facility.

The current legion has been deemed unsustainable and the new headquarters would be multi-floor, allowing for the rental of residential and professional space over top of the actual veterans hotspot.

Now, treasurer Mark Barham said Truman Development Corp. has stepped up to save the headquarters and has a goal of throwing the doors open before Christmas 2016.

"The community needs us to stay," he said Wednesday. "We've been an integral part of that community. We've got members that live in that community. We've got ties to the community and they need us to stay — this has cemented that."

More to come. . .

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