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WINNIPEG - A parkade built on the site of a demolished heritage building in the Exchange District formally opens Friday after a two-month soft launch.
The 159-stall Bedford Parkade opens Friday at the southwest corner of King Street and Bannatyne Avenue, where the Ryan Block stood from 1895 until 2009.
The north and east-facing facades of the $7-million structure incorporate bricks from the former heritage building. Four retail spaces are at ground level on King Street, while vehicle access to 140 above-ground parking stalls is on Bannatyne Avenue. Another 19 stalls are located below the ground.
The city and downtown development agency CentreVenture assisted Bedford Investments with the project, the first of two new parkades planned for the Exchange District. The second is planned for James Avenue, east of the Centennial Concert Hall.
The Bedford Parkade is the only public parkade that will restrict pedestrian access to people with parkade stubs, Bedford owner Ken Reiss said.
The open-air portion of the King Street façade is also covered with a form of chain-link mesh to enhance the design, senior heritage planner Giles Bugailiskis said.
The building has been open since September, but Mayor Sam Katz plans to attend a formal opening on Friday morning.