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Shevchenko Street proposal on hold

A proposal to rename a one-block stretch of a North End street after Ukrainian folk hero and poet Taras Shevchenko has been put on hold.

The property and development committee Tuesday opted to refer the issue to its September meeting, providing staff with time to determine cost implications and to canvas residents about alternatives.

The street renaming was raised at city council by Charleswood Coun. Paula Havixbeck, who wants to rename the one block of Aberdeen Avenue, between Main Street and the Red River, after Shevchenko.

Havixbeck, who is of Ukrainian descent, said she believes Winnipeg should formally commemorate the 200th anniversary of Shevchenko's birth in a meaningful way, adding the street was selected because the only private property owner on it is a Ukrainian religious group that owns several properties, including a nursing home and seniors' facility.

However, city hall adopted a policy in 2011 that street renamings would only be honorary and not permanent, because of the costs to the city as a result of subsequent address changes.

City staff said renaming a street near the old football stadium after Milt Stegall cost city hall over $37,000 to cover the expenses incurred by the three businesses located on the street.

Representatives from several local Ukrainian groups came to city hall Tuesday to support the name change.

A spokeswoman from the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate, which owns and operates the Holy Family Home and Seniors Centre, said the group supports the name change but is also concerned about the implications to the residents in the seniors building who would have to change their addresses.

 

River Heights subdivision gets green light

A 31-lot subdivision has been approved for a green space in River Heights.

The subdivision will be built on the site of the former Sir John Franklin school, along Grovesnor Avenue between Lanark and Beaverbrook streets.

The planning and property committee approved the proposal Tuesday.

The lots will be on average 40 feet wide. The subdivision will include a linear green space along Lanark Street, which will preserve a strand of oak trees.

Area councillor John Orlikow acknowledged there was public opposition to the proposal but added it's a good in-fill project for the community.

 

4,100-unit development passes first test

A proposal for a massive residential development in the city's southeast has passed its first hurdle at city hall.

The property and development committee endorsed a proposal for a new community that over the next 25 years would replace farmland with 4,100 dwelling units.

The Genstar project is for a 221-hectare site south of Island Lakes and Royalwood, bounded by the Perimeter Highway to the south, the Seine River to the west, and Lagimodiere Boulevard to the east.

An administrative report says the property is mostly under cultivation. When completed, there will be 4,100 dwelling units -- 2,500 single family homes and 1,600 multi-family units.

The report says the first phase of development will be on a 97-acre parcel north of Four Mile Road, which will be completed by 2025. The entire community is expected to be completed by 2040.

The concept, formally known as Precinct K, still must be approved by council.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 9, 2014 B2

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