A major infill project is coming to Transcona.
In response to the findings of the OurWinnipeg Complete Communities document and council’s adoption of the Transcona West Area Structure Plan, the city has decided to repurpose the Public Works land at 1500 Plessis Road. The land will soon be vacant, as the Public Works Department will open a new facility in East Elmwood this summer.
Mayor Sam Katz and Coun. Russ Wyatt (Transcona) announced on May 14 the approximately 40 acres of land will be used to create Park West Plaza. The complex will have 1,154 multi-family units to help the city generate $1.3 million in new property tax revenue. Katz said his vision is to create an area where people "can live, work, and play".
"The opportunity is there," said Katz. "It’s up to us to seize the opportunity."
Wyatt said with Winnipeg still in the midst of a population boom, the extra residences will be needed.
In addition to providing an influx of housing, there are plans to make the site a leisure hub, with construction of the relocated Transcona Library expected to begin next year and be finished in 2015. As well, Katz explained the city is in discussions with the YM/YWCA to build new facilities across the city. Wyatt added the organization’s top priority is south Winnipeg, with the Park City Plaza site next on its list.
The city conducted two phases of environmental testing last summer, discovering there will be need to be approximately $8 million worth of rehabilitation needed for the lands, of which about $6 million will be used to negate the effects of salt storage on the land.
Wyatt explained that in a bid to be both environmentally and fiscally responsible, the concept includes plans to "bury" the land beneath hardtop features such as parking lot areas and a future Rapid Transit station.
Additionally, Kildare Avenue West will be extended westward to Peguis Street, with the new section being named Transcona Boulevard. With Reenders Avenue being extended eastward to Peguis, the thoroughfare will help connect the community to Lagimodiere Boulevard.
Wyatt explained the city will make moves to rezone the lands this summer with public hearings to be held at East Kildonan-Transcona Community Committee, and will issue a nationwide expression of interest this fall to market the lands.