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The changing landscape of Silver Heights

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A few months back I reported on a couple of changes happening in my neighbourhood of Silver Heights.

The first was the transformation of the former Silver Heights Community Club on Ness Avenue.

I’m not sure if some of you have noticed but the signage on the site has changed. There used to be a sign showing a picture of a snazzy new strip mall proposed for this site but now there’s a lease sign from a new real estate company.

Being curious, I contacted the landowner, Jatinder Sharma, to see what’s what. His office told me that he has changed agents and still plans to build a strip mall but if anyone else is interested in buying this property, they are willing to sell.

I’m sure you are as confused as I am by this answer but I’m afraid that’s all we’ll get for now. So I hope very soon that something positive will be built on land that holds such wonderful memories for so many households in our neighbourhood.

A very exciting progression can be seen in the Silver Heights Condos being erected on the previous site of Silver Heights Collegiate.  I stopped in at their office one afternoon and had a very pleasant and informative discussion with Glen MacFarlane of Greentree Homes.

The 132-unit condominium complex will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom suites as well as town homes and bungalows and it should be ready by late summer or early fall 2014.

The information sheets showing the layouts are quite impressive and the landscaping (which now looks like a tornado has ripped through the field), will showcase inviting walkways with trees and flowers around the property. And they’re just a short stroll from the strip mall on Portage Avenue that houses Boston Pizza and a liquor store. Who can ask for more?

Greentree Homes reports that 50 per cent of the Phase 1 units are on hold, so it would seem this is a welcome addition to the neighbourhood.

A perk for some current homeowners is that this will be a pet-friendly environment, which is quite rare in Winnipeg. It can be hard enough to leave your home of many years when the time comes to downsize, but we have a lot of animal lovers who would be devastated to part ways with their furry family members.

The condo towers and the houses will have heated garages and a multi-purpose meeting area in an atrium setting, complete with barbecues on an outside deck for entertaining.

Virginia Sperl is a Silver Heights-based writer.

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