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More cop-HQ cash sought

IT'S a mere formality, but Winnipeg's civic administration is now asking council for the additional $17.2 million needed to cover the cost over-runs at the police headquarters project.

The request, made public late Monday afternoon, formalizes what Mayor Sam Katz and other councillors described how the cost over-runs would be financed: borrow a further $15.2 million; and scrimp and save for the other $2 million.

A special meeting of the downtown development committee is set for Friday to accept the administrative request, which will then be forwarded to executive policy committee and then on to council next month.

A report states the cost of the additional $15.2 million in borrowing will be $1 million annually out of the city's operating budget -- an amount equal to the city's homeless and housing budget.

 

Reprieve for Sport Manitoba

SPORT Manitoba bought itself some time.

Facing an order from city hall to landscape a site next to its new offices on Pacific Avenue, Sport Manitoba officials won a reprieve at city hall Monday.

The downtown development committee gave the group until September 2014 to either have plans ready for construction of its phase 2, $18-million training centre; or, show up with landscaping plans.

The planning department is upset Sport Manitoba had left vacant a parcel of land on Pacific, which is being used -- without the group's permission -- as a parking lot by visitors.

Jeff Palamar, Sport Manitoba chairman, said the group plans to build a state-of-the-art training facility on the empty land and has been busy raising government and private funds.

The only funding piece missing now is federal dollars, Palamar said, adding Sport Manitoba expects a formal announcement by June and hopes to start construction at the end of September.

The committee allowed Sport Manitoba to leave the land vacant until the fall, when it must produce confirmation of funding and construction plans, or plans to landscape the site.

The committee also ordered the group to post more No Parking signs and to not plow the property during the winter.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 19, 2013 B2

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