The St. Charles area has seen a lot of construction activity over the past year. I for one am very pleased with the growth and opportunities this means for our area and I am encouraged with the progress we are making. I am also well aware of the importance of maintaining the important cultural treasures of our neighbourhood as we move forward.
Recently we saw the construction and opening of the new and much-needed apartment complex at 455 Westwood Dr. This new complex provides our older adults with the option of downsizing from their empty nest homes while still remaining in the neighbourhoods where they raised their families and made friends. At the same time, the last of the empty construction lots at Unicity Mall are being developed. By the end of this year a new Sport Chek outlet and an Original Joe’s restaurant will open their doors to the public.
I am very excited with the pending opening of the new West District Police Station at 2325 Grant Ave. This state-of-the-art facility was constructed though an investment of over $18 million by the City of Winnipeg. This ultra-modern district office will provide police with improved tools and expanded workspaces, thereby allowing them to respond more effectively to both emergency and non-emergency situations in our area of the city. Financing of this investment in our community’s safety was leveraged through an innovative public-private partnership which ensured the construction of this vital asset within a one year time-frame.
We are currently working with a number of community and recreational groups to upgrade and enhance recreation spaces for all age groups. Examples would include the development of a walking track near Pat Phillips Park, the inclusion of senior friendly activities in newly renovated parks and the installation of lighting in more heavily used recreation spaces. A major project currently in its early stage is the redesign and development of the Sturgeon North soccer fields.
These properly designed and constructed fields will be a welcome addition to the neighbourhood as the growth and popularity of soccer continues to increase.
I look forward to continue working with community partners and all levels of government as we continue to nurture and grow St. Charles as one of the most desirable and dynamic neighborhoods in the City of Winnipeg.
Residents with questions about new developments and or issues in the neighbourhood can contact me at any time at 204-986-5920 or firstname.lastname@example.org