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City plans to cancel Shindico's contract to manage 11-storey tower

The City of Winnipeg plans to cancel Shindico Realty's contract to manage the tower portion of the former Canada Post building on Graham Avenue after council's property committee voted to search for someone new to do the work.

On Tuesday, Couns. Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan), Russ Wyatt (Transcona), Mike Pagtakhan (Point Douglas) and Grant Nordman (St. Charles) voted to give Shindico 90 days notice of the city's intent to cancel the company's contract to manage the 11-storey tower.

The former Canada Post Office on Graham Avenue.

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The former Canada Post Office on Graham Avenue.

In October, committee chairman Browaty criticized the way the contract was awarded, arguing a city request for real-estate qualifications did not explicitly govern property-management services.

The city now plans to issue a request for proposals to manage the property until it is sold.

The city intends to sell the tower after the Winnipeg Police Service moves into the warehouse portion of the former Canada Post building.

The city purchased both the tower and warehouse for $29 million as part of the $194-million police headquarters renovation.

Wyatt also attempted to strip Shindico of its contract to manage the Dominion Bridge industrial site on Dublin Avenue, but his motion failed in a 2-2 hung vote.

Instead, the committee voted to ask city real estate officials to prepare a report about efforts to sell the site, which the city acquired in a tax sale in 2008.

Earlier in the meeting, Browaty ruled St. Norbert Coun. Justin Swandel out of order for attempting to speak about a Waverley West structure planning framework. Swandel wanted the plan to come back to committee next month.

Swandel, who quit council's executive policy committee last week, accused Browaty of attempting to muzzle him.

Browaty said the issue could not be addressed because a public hearing has closed.

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Updated on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 12:12 PM CST: Add photo.

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