Shanghai Restaurant demo plan OK’ed by council

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City council has approved a plan to allow the Chinatown Development Corporation to demolish the 128-year-old Shanghai Restaurant Building to make way for an Asian seniors' housing complex.

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City council has approved a plan to allow the Chinatown Development Corporation to demolish the 128-year-old Shanghai Restaurant Building to make way for an Asian seniors’ housing complex.

Council voted 12-4 to allow the demolition of the Shanghai building, which occupies a block of King Street in Chinatown, pending the completion of a development plan to replace the two-storey 1882 structure.

Heritage advocates oppose the plan. Heritage Winnipeg director Cindy Tugwell addressed council to insist nobody has proved the building – which served as temporary council chambers in the 1880s – is not economically viable.

KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Owner wants to raze 128-year-old building.

Couns. Jenny Gerbasi (Fort Rouge) and Harvey Smith (Daniel McIntyre) authored a motion to delay a demolition decision until the city undertakes a structural report about the building.

That effort was defeated 10-6.

No demolition can take place until the Chinatown Development Corporation files a complete plan and takes out building permits. The city will not allow a new surface lot to be created along King Street.

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