I would first like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy 2014!
This past year was an exciting year for our community, with many important projects being announced or begun. I now look forward in the coming year to seeing many of these ongoing projects come to fruition and continuing to see growth in our community.
Last year started off with a bang as we announced joint city/provincial funding for the East Elmwood Community Centre. Our government committed almost $2.2 million towards a brand-new $5-million, 10,000-square-foot community centre at Keenleyside Park, which will be ready by end of this year.
A lot of hard work went into the planning necessary to receive this significant commitment from the province, and I want to thank the many area residents for their input in this process.
Improving housing in our community was also a focus in 2013. Work recently began on developing the fourth phase of Concordia Village on Molson Street. The provincial government is investing in this 45-unit apartment building which will provide safe, affordable housing for adults with mental health challenges. Our government also continued to support Habitat for Humanity and the affordable homes they are building in Concordia. We continue to support the good work Habitat does, including the two new homes recently built on McCalman Avenue and one infill home on Union Avenue, with government funding and with the hard work of countless volunteers.
Upgrading Molson Street was a priority for many in our community. In 2013, I was pleased to be part of the announcement that our government will invest in renewing the section between Munroe and Kimberly Avenues. The total cost of this Molson Street project is $10 million and it will include an active transportation component, with street bike lanes in both direction and a new sidewalk. I look forward to seeing construction begin soon on this long-standing project.
This will be an exciting year for our community and as always, I value your input. For more information related to these projects or any other issue, please contact my constituency office at 204-654-1857 or email me at Matt.Wiebe@YourManitoba.ca.