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The Forks holding workshops on future of vacant land

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Winnipeggers have been asked to offer their opinions about the development of two large parcels of vacant land in The Forks neighbourhood.

The Forks Renewal Corporation will hold a pair of workshops next week about the future of the city-owned parking lot known as Parcel Four and the Forks-owned lot to the south, known as the Railside site.

Parcel Four is the 2.4-hectare site at the southwest corner of Waterfront Drive and William Stephenson Way, south of Shaw Park and west of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Until 2008, the land was leased to Riverside Park Management and sublet to the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball club. It was later considered as a site for a hotel and water park and was to be sold to an Alberta developer in 2012 before public opposition to the deal effectively killed the proposal.

In the aftermath of the water-park proposal’s demise, the city asked The Forks Renewal Corporation 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 Forks has had tentative plans to place residential units on the Railside site, which is also 2.4 hectares.

Public workshops about the lands will be held at The Forks Market from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19 and Thursday, June 20. The Forks is asking anyone planning to attend to RSVP at info@theforks.com

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