Rezoning request is new bid to redevelop old Molson site


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ELEVEN years after the closing of the Molson Brewery plant on Redwood Avenue, the property's owners are mounting another attempt to redevelop the site.

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ELEVEN years after the closing of the Molson Brewery plant on Redwood Avenue, the property’s owners are mounting another attempt to redevelop the site.

An application to rezone the 3.2-hectare piece of land on the Red River on the west side of the Redwood Bridge will be in front of the Lord Selkirk West Kildonan community committee Jan. 12

Mark Olson of Landstar Development Corp., one of the partners, said they do not have a firm tenant or use for the building lined up, but the rezoning will allow greater flexibility.

“Such a rezoning will allow all sorts of uses,” he said. “For instance a C-2 zoning allows us to build an office building, but does not allow a call centre.”

Stride Development Corp., another partner in the property, had previously prepared extensive plans to build a 57-suite condo development on the site in 2005, but that did not materialize.

Jay Lev, president of Stride, said, “That didn’t work so we are trying to find the right fit for the land regarding potential use. Applying for a rezoning will open the net a little larger.”

Although the stated used in the rezoning application is for a call centre, Olson and Lev both said they are not at liberty to talk specifics about what might get developed there and both said a call centre might not end up being the final use.

Olson’s company has been involved in the development of a couple of call centres in the city, including the 50,000-square-foot RBC customer contact centre on Taylor Avenue and more recently the 76,000-square-foot MTS Allstream technical support contact call centre on Osborne Street South completed early in 2007.

Martin Cash

Martin Cash

Martin Cash has been writing a column and business news at the Free Press since 1989. Over those years he’s written through a number of business cycles and the rise and fall (and rise) in fortunes of many local businesses.

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