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City unveils plan for parkade sale revenue

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WINNIPEG - The City of Winnipeg has finally decided what it intends to do with the $23.6 million it took in from the sale of the Winnipeg Square Parkade in 2009.

Fifteen months ago, the city sold the revenue-generating asset to the owners of the Winnipeg Square and Commodity Exchange tower. At the time, the city planned to wait for the results of a Winnipeg Parking Authority study of downtown parking conditions before deciding how to use the proceeds of the parkade sale.

Tomorrow, city council’s alternate service delivery committee – which oversees the parking authority – will consider a plan to dole out the $23.6 million six ways:

  • $5 million will help fund a new mixed-use parkade on James Avenue, east of the Centennial Concert Hall.
  • Another $5 million will be used to help redevelop the north side of Portage Avenue.
  • $3.3 million will be used to fix the city-owned Millennium Library Parkade.
  • $8.3 million will be used to pay down the Winnipeg Parking Authority’s debt to the City of Winnipeg. This debt exists on paper as the result of a former practice of using parking revenues to balance the city’s operating budget.
  • $2 million will be held by the city until it decide what to do with the city-owned Civic Centre Parkade, which is in need of repair and could be demolished if the adjoining Public Safety Building is also demolished.

In a separate report, the Winnipeg Parking Authority asked the city to approve $606,000 in funding to conduct "critical short-term maintenance" on the Civic Centre Parkade.

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