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Pool reopening delayed

Repairs to Sherbrook Pool will take longer than expected.

Planning director Barry Thorgrimson said the pool, closed in November 2012, will likely be open by January 2016.

Thorgrimson said early estimates indicate the repairs will be extensive, adding, however, they will fall within the $2.9 million estimated cost.

"Significant work still has to be done," Thorgrimson told the planning and development committee Tuesday.

The 83-year-old pool was closed after concerns concrete pillars supporting the roof could collapse.

Despite a groundswell of community support, administration opposed reopening the pool on the grounds it is an old facility and the money would not be well spent.

However, money was found in the 2014 budget to do the necessary repair work -- stabilize the pillars, install a new roof and pool deck, and mechanical and electrical upgrades.

Thorgrimson said it's possible the work could be completed by the end of 2015, but he added he's planning for a grand-reopening in January 2016.

 

Expropriations for road

The city is planning to expropriate several properties to fast-track the widening of St. Matthews Avenue near Polo Park.

The property and development committee endorsed an administration request to expropriate portions of six parcels of land along St. Matthews between St. James Street and Empress Street.

The committee was told the work has to be done by this September and negotiations with affected property owners have not resulted in any agreeing to a sale price. The expropriation must still be approved by council.

 

Charleswood expanding

A green light was given for new subdivisions in south Charleswood.

The property and development committee approved plans for a 500-lot residential development in the westerly portion of the new Ridgewood South development, which will be bounded by the Perimeter Highway and Wilkes Avenue.

The proposal will also include three multi-family complexes.

 

City sells land for $5M

Winnipeg is selling a large parcel of vacant land it owns in the RM of Springfield to a developer for $5 million.

The 125.8 hectare parcel is located at the northeast corner of Plessis Road and St. Joseph Road, and immediately east of the Sage Creek development.

An administrative report identified the buyer as Ladco.

The selling price is higher than an appraised value of the property.

The land was originally bought by the city in expectation that the city's boundaries would be expanded. But when that didn't happen, council declared the property surplus.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 19, 2014 B2

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