Canstar Community News - ONLINE EDITION

New development pitched in East St. Paul

  • Print
Fahr Group vice-president of operations Johnathan Fahr is shown by a virtual tour of his company's proposed East St. Paul development.

PHOTO BY DAN FALLOON Enlarge Image

Fahr Group vice-president of operations Johnathan Fahr is shown by a virtual tour of his company's proposed East St. Paul development. Photo Store

There could be an influx of new homes in East St. Paul.

At open houses at Abundant Life Lutheran Church on Oct. 16 and 22, the Fahr Group shared its vision for the 500-acre tract of land, of which it hopes to develop 265 acres, toward the north side of the community.

Plans call for approximately 600 homes and another 150 units in multi-family housing to be built, while a village centre with services like restaurants, boutique shops, medical services, a farmers market, and condominium and assisted living facilities is planned for the east end of the development.

The village centre, which Fahr Group vice-president of operations Johnathan Fahr said is designed to recreate classic European town centres, is slotted at the east end of the development along Raleigh Street.

Fahr said plans have been in the works for over six years, and he said now is the right time to proceed.

"East St. Paul has got a demand for multi-family and small-scale commercial development," Fahr said. "That’s why we’re bringing it forward now."

Fahr envisions the development will be a sustainable one, with active transportation paths running from the village centre to Manlius Street, to the north end of the property, while the southern part of the path will link to a roadway. As well, the proposal hopes to extend active transportation paths along Birds Hill Road to the recreational lands just south of Garven Road.

The plan also notes Raleigh Street is proposed as a collector/arterial parkway.

Joyce Petryk, who lives near the proposed village centre, said the plans proposed changed from those she saw presented to East St. Paul council last year.

"I thought it was going to be residential right to Raleigh," she said. "We back onto it, so it’s interesting to see that there’s going to be the commercial. Is it going to affect the value of my property?"

Van Whitehead, a resident of Silver Fox Estates, said he likes the idea of the development, but is concerned about lot sizes. He pointed to the development of Headmaster Row in North Kildonan as a look to avoid.

"All you see is a garage and a driveway," Whitehead said of the development. "East St. Paul is not Winnipeg, and it has a unique character. It shouldn’t end up resembling Transcona.

"(I’d like to see) attention paid to streetscaping, walking trails, and, ideally, a larger lot size."

Allan Akins, who lives east of town, said he’d consider moving into one of the condominium units when he’s looking to downsize.

"It looks pretty good. I like the walking trails," Akins said. "It’s got a lot of the amenities that we’re looking for. How long it’s going to take is probably the biggest question."

For more information, visit http://fahrgroup.ca/fahr-lands-subdivision, where there is a discussion forum for those who wish to provide feedback but were not able to attend the open houses.

Facebook.com/TheHeraldWpg
Twitter: @HeraldWPG

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Fall Arts Guide

We preview what’s new and what’s coming up in Winnipeg’s new arts season

View our Fall Arts Guide

Readers' Choice Awards

Best Of Winnipeg Readers Survey

See the results of the 2014 Canstar Community News Best of Winnipeg Readers' Survey.

View Results

This Just In Twitter bird

Poll

Do you agree with the Winnipeg School Division’s decision to ban e-cigarettes?

View Results