Murray McNeill

  • Boom in West Broadway

    The success of the West Broadway area's first new multi-family residential development in recent memory has helped spark another development just a few blocks away. The new development planned for the northwest corner of Maryland Street and Wolseley Avenue is much smaller than Sandhu Developments' Element Condominiums development near the corner of Sherbrook and Sara Avenue -- nine units versus 44.
  • Former factory, livestock building being converted into apartments

    Two more downtown buildings are being converted into rental apartments -- both by the developer of one of the area's high-profile new condominium developments. Sandhu Developments Ltd., which earlier this month broke ground on its $34-million D Condo complex on Assiniboine Avenue, is converting the six-storey former Bemis Bag Building at 311 Alexander Ave. into 88 apartments and the five-storey former Adelaide Mini Storage building at 49 Adelaide St. into 51 rental units.
  • Man on a mission: Eight-year reno transforms Hargrave Street building

    A Winnipeg real estate investor hopes an eight-year labour of love will soon start to pay big dividends. That's how long Nestor Budyk, an accountant turned real estate investor/property manager, has been painstakingly redeveloping a century-old, five-storey commercial building at 448 Hargrave St. into a modernized, multi-use complex. There are five residential units -- one condo and four rental apartments -- on the top three floors, and three commercial units on the bottom two floors and the lower level.
  • Bishop Grandin Crossing development no longer just commercial

    A Calgary developer has revamped its plans for a major new development on former Manitoba Sugar Co. land in south Fort Garry. Hopewell Development Corp. now hopes to include at least 1,400 multi-family residential units in its 53-hectare Bishop Grandin Crossing development, which was originally envisioned as a strictly commercial development.
  • Artist market on way to Main

    Another piece of the Main Street revitalization puzzle will fall into place with the expected opening this fall of an new artist market just a stone's throw north of city hall. The Compendium Artist Market is a new venture by Ryan Poworoznik, a local graphic designer/artist/photographer who is converting a 2,400-square-foot building at 5641/2 Main St. into an arts-themed, mixed-use space that will include an art gallery, a craft market, a photography studio and an organic coffee/juice bar.
  • Turning back the hands of time

    The former owner of a century-old retail/warehouse building on Lombard Avenue admits she had some serious reservations when she and her husband sold the heritage property in late 2008. Cynthia Brick, co-owner of Brick's Fine Furniture, said she wasn't worried the new owners wouldn't do a good job converting the 111-year-old building at 111 Lombard Ave. into an energy-efficient office complex. They'd already successfully redeveloped a similar heritage building next door at 93 Lombard.
  • Mid-box units stand empty

    For more than a decade, big-box and mid-box stores have been springing up around the city as part of a wave of new retail development in Canada. But now at least half a dozen of these mid-box -- 20,000- to-50,000-square-foot -- outlets sit empty on major thoroughfares such as Pembina Highway, Regent Avenue and St. James Street.
  • Fashion arrives at the White House

    A local fashion designer has set up shop in the long-vacant main-floor space of the historic White House office/retail building on downtown Portage Avenue. Veronica Davis plans to operate a number of different concepts out of the approximately 3,000-square-foot main-floor space, including a retail boutique, a small café, and her online fashion magazine/clothing boutique business (megatrndz.com).
  • Core offices become condos

    It wasn't working as an office building, but a local developer is betting $2 million Portage Avenue's Dreman Place will succeed as an executive-condo/retail complex. That's how much the Sunrex Group of Companies has spent over the last couple of years on converting the top five floors of the six-storey building at 238 Portage Ave. into five New York-loft-style, executive condominiums, and the main floor into two retail/commercial units.
  • Marshalls expanding in city

    Off-price designer-fashion specialist Marshalls is the latest big-name retailer to set up shop in the popular Kenaston-McGillivray retail node. A 28,100-square-foot store -- the U.S. chain's second in the city -- is scheduled to open March 27 in the Linden Ridge Shopping Centre on the southeast corner of the intersection.
  • Love affair for bargain hunters

    Local bargain hunters can breathe easier. Although Liquidation World's U.S. parent announced in December it was shutting down all 78 of its Canadian stores, including the ones here in Manitoba, another out-of-province discount retail chain is stepping in to help fill the void.
  • Revitalizing the Village

    Ventura Developments Inc. is poised to launch the first of what could be as many as four new infill condominium developments in the Osborne Village-Cresentwood area of the city. "We're big believers that this is the place where people want to live," Tim Comack, vice-president of development for Ventura, said in an interview.
  • Business is booming in the once-sketchy West Broadway area

    The once-sketchy West Broadway-Sherbrook Street area now has a waiting list of retailers champing at the bit to set up shop there, according to one area official. The only problem is they can't find an empty storefront to move into.
  • Tap into your draft

    Carbone, a new pizza restaurant/lounge that's coming to downtown Winnipeg, will add a new twist to the phrase "beer on tap": It will have the province's first self-pour beer system. Carbone (pronounced car-bone-eh) managing partner Benjamin Nasberg said beer lines running under the concrete floor will carry draft beer from kegs to taps installed at a number of tables in the lounge area of the restaurant, which is scheduled to open in early to mid-March at 260 St. Mary Ave.
  • Industrially inclined

    Winnipeg's normally staid industrial market is showing signs of new life, with at least three new investment buildings under construction or in the works and more possibly on the way. Two of the new buildings are in the fast-growing southwest quadrant of the city. One is a 36,500-square-foot industrial building Artis Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) is building at 1595 Buffalo Pl. The other is a 40,000-sq.-ft. warehouse/distribution centre Winnipeg's Saults & Pollard Real Estate Ltd. is building on Fennell Street.
  • Stability rules commercial roost

    This year will go down in the books as an average year for sales of investment properties in Winnipeg, according to preliminary data compiled by Colliers International. The commercial real estate firm said with about a week left in the year, a total of 77 commercial properties had changed hands for about $425 million.
  • An old-style new development

    Construction is underway on the first project in Manitoba Housing's back-to-the-future-styled Bridgwater Centre. Winnipeg's Hilton Homes has begun pouring the foundations for the first of 120 multi-family housing units it will build in the town centre.
  • A renaissance in St. Boniface

    A cluster of six industrial properties in Old St. Boniface is being given a new lease on life. The properties all share the same address -- 490 Rue Des Meurons -- and include a former International Laboratories/Color Your World paint factory, a former steel-cutting plant, a common area, and three vacant parcels of land immediately east of the other three properties.
  • Little TLC goes into cityplace

    Downtown Winnipeg's cityplace retail/office complex is getting its first major facelift in more than 15 years. The owner of the nine-storey complex on the southwest corner of Graham Avenue and Donald Street -- Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) -- plans to spend about $3 million on refurbishing the retail portion (the first two floors) of the building.
  • First Exchange condos on rise

    The grande dame of downtown condominium complexes -- the Ashdown Warehouse -- has a little more glow in her cheeks these days. Not only is the first Exchange District warehouse to be converted to condos -- it was converted in the late 1980s -- sporting a new front foyer and a new rooftop terrace, it's also seeing a hefty increase in selling prices this year, according to Bill Thiessen, a real estate agent and downtown condo specialist with Re/Max Professional Realty.
  • Condo boom in the Village

    Winnipeg's most densely populated neighbourhood -- Osborne Village -- is about to get a little more crowded. At least two new condominium developments are in the works or underway in the area, a third is nearing completion, and two more are in the initial planning stages, real estate industry officials say.
  • Ont. developer on a roll here

    A Mississauga-based developer likes Manitoba so much it's planning to spend $100 million over five years on new commercial developments in the province. Kothari Developments Inc. got the ball rolling last year with the construction of a new six-storey Hampton Inn by Hilton Winnipeg hotel on Berry Street near Winnipeg's Richardson International Airport.
  • Warming up to geothermal

    Manitoba is the geothermal capital of Canada, installing the energy-saving heating and cooling systems at nearly three times the national per capita average, according to the manager of the province's geothermal program. "We're leaders in adoption rates and have been for a while," Robert Walger said in a recent interview. "We're out-punching our weight by more than a factor of three."
  • St. Norbert sees condo boom

    The once-sleepy community of St. Norbert is experiencing a renaissance of sorts, with five multi-family housing projects either completed, under construction, or about to get underway, and more in the works. Sherwood Developments kicked things off four years ago with the completion of its appropriately named Renaissance condominium complex at 3420 Pembina Hwy.
  • Work on condo project underway

    Work will soon get underway on the next phase of an award-winning condominium development under construction in an industrial area of the West End. Phase II of the BGBX development, at the corner of Wall Street and St. Matthews Avenue, will include two buildings and 12 condos.

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