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Merchants Hotel to be rebuilt as classrooms, affordable housing

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A notorious Selkirk Avenue hotel will become an education hub and home to 30 families in time for the 2015 school year.

The Merchants Hotel, bought by the province and closed two years ago, will be gutted and rebuilt as classrooms for the University of Winnipeg and the Community Educational Development Association. The second and third floors of the brick hotel will be affordable housing for student-led families and another batch of apartments will be built on a parking lot next door.

The project will cost nearly $13 million. The province announced 11.1 million in funding Tuesday. The rest will come from local fundraising.

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