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Only one workshop to be held on vacant land at The Forks

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Both Parcel Four and its southern neighbour, the Railside site, could include public spaces.

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Both Parcel Four and its southern neighbour, the Railside site, could include public spaces.

A pair of planning sessions regarding the future of two large parcels of vacant land near The Forks have been combined into a single workshop due to a lack of interest.

The Forks Renewal Corp. will hold one public-consultation event this Wednesday about the development of the city-owned parking lot known as Parcel Four as well as the Railside site, a Forks-owned lot to the immediate south.

The workshop will focus on greenspace, which will anchor any commercial or residential developments on the two sites.

The 2.4-hectare Parcel Four is a gravel parking lot at the southwest corner of Waterfront Drive and William Stephenson Way, south of Shaw Park and west of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. It was set aside for future Forks development needs - and later, those of the human rights museum - after the realignment of William Stephenson Way in the 1990s.

Up until 2008, Parcel Four was leased to Riverside Park Management, which sublet the lot to the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball club. The lot was then considered as a site for a hotel and water park and was to be sold to an Alberta developer in 2012. Public opposition to that deal effectively killed the proposal at city council.

In the aftermath, the city asked The Forks to develop a planning framework for both Parcel Four and the Railside site, which sits south of York Avenue and west of Waterfront Drive. The 2.5-hectare Railside site has been eyed for residential development.

A public workshop will be held at The Forks Market from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19. An event on Thursday has been cancelled and participants have been asked to come to the Wednesday event.

The Forks has requested prospective attendees RSVP by contacting info@theforks.com.

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Updated on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 12:24 PM CDT: Adds email address for prospective attendees.

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