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Plan for revamping lands at The Forks headed to city hall

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Proposed revitalization of Parcel 4 land at the Forks.

A plan for an undeveloped piece of land at The Forks is making its way to City Hall later this month.

The Standing Policy Committee on Downtown Development was scheduled to receive the preliminary concept plan for the revitalization of lands known as Rail Side and Parcel 4 on Wednesday, July 2, but the committee meeting has been rescheduled to July 7.

The report introduces preliminary planning and urban design concepts for the section of lands, with public space (parks, plazas and parking) accounting for 60 per cent of the proposed plan.

A central plaza on Parcel Four creating a stronger pedestrian link to Portage and Main is proposed, as is a public park on the Rail Side portion of the land.

Currently, the 12-acres of land is used as surface parking.

"We heard from the majority of people that doing nothing is just not an option," offered Forks North Portage CEO Jim August in a statement. "With exceptional public spaces as the starting point, the majority of those consulted favoured a mixed use development that included public, community and commercial spaces as the suggested best use of the lands.

"Quality of place, access to parking, natural elements, culture and community, multi-unit housing and connections to other parts of downtown all rated highly."

Included in the proposal is a tree-lined promenade connecting Israel Asper Way to Pioneer Avenue and Waterfront Drive. Shops and public spaces are included in the design.

Back in April 2013, the city engaged The Forks North Portage to lead an integrated planning initiative for the lands. Consultations were carried out, and included open citizen public workshops, online participation and stakeholder interviews.

Further public consultations on the design particulars are expected later this year.

Details on an open house, where interested citizens can submit their ideas and feedback, are still being finalized.

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Updated on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 6:56 PM CDT: Updates after committee meeting rescheduled to July 7.

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