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This article was published 17/2/2016 (1946 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
City hall is weeks away from presenting terms of an agreement with the Winnipeg YM-YWCA that will see the development of three campus recreation/leisure facilities.
The proposal with the Y was announced in 2014, when Sam Katz was mayor, but ironing out details has proven to be elusive.
Clive Wightman, director of community services, told councillors on the executive policy committee Wednesday, that his staff will have a draft deal — which he described as a memorandum of collaboration — to present to Winnipeg Y officials for their consideration within weeks.
The original proposal envisioned city hall providing the Y with $50 million over 10 years to offset the construction of three new super Ys to be built in the suburbs: the first in the city’s southwest quadrant; with later facilities to be built in the northeast and northwest quadrants.
The Y proposed building 75,000-square foot facilities but wants the city’s help to do it. The Y would make a matching $50-million contribution. The Y said the partnership would ensure the city is providing recreational facilities without risk of long-term financial obligations.
Wightman said the city’s commitment will depend on a "third partner" to share the costs of the facilities.
It was believed that the provincial government would be the third partner but city officials said the Selinger government has not committed to the project. Mayor Bowman said it’s possible the federal government could provide the additional funding, but said nothing is definite.