The sod has been turned on the first phases of a new 1,000-home housing development in Tyndall Park.
On Wed., June 19, developers, local politicians and members of Winnipeg’s Sikh community stood at the corner of Dr. Jose Rizal Way and Adsum Drive to mark the start of Waterford Green, just north of Meadows West.
"We have established a new community that’s going to apply new principles in terms of planning and land use to northwest Winnipeg," said David Palubeski, president of Lombard North, which is serving as the project manager for the development.
The first phases of Waterford Green, to begin this summer, will include 221 single family homes, along with 109 townhouses and 300 apartment-style condominiums, Palubeski said.
A majority of the homes will be built around a lake in the middle of the 160-acre development, which will also include 19 acres of trails and parks.
"This is going to be a walkable, pedestrian-friendly community," said Old Kildonan Coun. Devi Sharma, noting northwest Winnipeg continues to be the fastest-growing part of the city.
Maples MLA Mohinder Saran said the new development will serve both new families looking to upgrade their living situation, and for seniors in the area looking to downsize.
"There will be every kind of house, side by side," Saran said.
"This community is developing. We are lucky to have this project."
The development will include a three-acre village centre area at the foot of Dr. Jose Rizal Way and Adsum Drive for local commercial businesses to set up shop.
The area will also be home to new public art.
According to Point Douglas Coun. Mike Pagtakhan, that includes a seven-and-a-half-foot bronze statue of Dr. Jose Rizal, a doctor, artist and writer considered a national hero in the Philippines for his political work that helped spark the Philippine Revolution against Spain in the late 1800s.
"We know the city, this is going to be a very successful project," said Pagtakhan.
Prior to the sod turning, Winnipeg’s Sikh community held a prayer at the site.
The first phases of the development, pegged around $26 million, have sold out, according to Palubeski.
The first homes should be occupied by spring 2014 with a full build-out (completed construction of the development phase) by fall 2015. The city will twin Dr. Jose Rizal Way from Keewatin Street to the future Chief Peguis Trail expansion in 2014.
Palubeski said the area will be fully serviced by 2017, with a full build-out of the second phase of development happening between 2015 and 2018.
Waterford Green is bordered by King Edward Street on the west, Dr. Joseph Rizal Way on the east, Adsum to the south, and a planned Chief Peguis Trail extension to the north.
For more, visit www.waterfordgreen.ca.