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The changing landscape of Lord Roberts

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On March 19, condominium builders StreetSide Development Corporation held an open house at the Fort Rouge Leisure Centre.

StreetSide plans to build 50 two-and-a-half-storey townhome condos and a four-story apartment condominium on vacant land near the rapid transit system that stretches west of Morley Avenue. Hugo Street South and Argue Avenue border this area on the east and south respectively.

"We’re excited about the project," said Martin Maykut, StreetSide’s vice-president of multi-family development. "We think it will be good for Winnipeg."

StreetSide is a Winnipeg  company that is part of the Qualico group of companies, which includes real estate development, land development, building materials sales and manufacturing enterprises.

Plans call for one- and two-bedroom condos in Lord Roberts. Small pets may be allowed but that has yet to be confirmed.

In the meantime, environmental checks, intensive drawings, zoning requirements, tendering contracts and multiple legal titles are keeping StreetSide and Dillon Consulting Limited busy.

The condos’ plumbing needs were addressed with the construction of the new rapid transit corridor that stretches into Lord Roberts.

"New land drainage and a new land drainage pipe were built along with the rapid transit corridor," said David March, Dillon Consulting urban planner.

March assisted StreetSide through the land development process.

For the South Osborne Residents’ Group, cars, whether parked or moving, are the No. 1 concern. Will second vehicles fill the streets near the condos?

"Transit workers already park about 600 cars on the streets near Brandon Avenue," said Bev Pike, a member of the residents’ group.

The townhome condos will feature outdoor parking while the apartment condos will offer underground parking and outdoor parking.

More people generally means more traffic. Certainly streets near the development, such as Hugo, Argue and Morley, will be busier unless the majority of condo owners use the rapid transit system that stops in their backyard.

Last fall I walked in the vacant area near the rapid transit stop. I was surprised to see some tall, sweeping trees. I hope these can be saved.


Dianne Doney is a community correspondent for Fort Rouge. You can contact her at diannemary@hotmail.com

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