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A redevelopment project proposed for the Parker Lands failed to receive support from the City Centre community committee last week.
Developer Gem Equities is proposing to create a mixed-use residential development along the second phase of the southwest transit corridor. When complete, the Fulton Grove project would include approximately 1,900 residential units.
On Nov. 13, the committee rejected the secondary plan proposed for the site, in accordance with an administrative recommendation.
The purpose of the secondary plan is to provide detailed policies to direct development within a specific area. The administrative report notes that the plan does not provide sufficient detail and that it’s missing important content.
At the same meeting, the committee also denied an application to subdivide and rezone the land located northeast of Hurst Way between Asquith Avenue and the CN rail line.
Coun. John Orlikow (River Heights-Fort Garry) shared his thoughts during the meeting, which ran more than six hours.
"We are close. I do believe we are close. There are some points raised by the applicant’s team and by the administration team, so I see the light," he said. "We’re getting there, but I don’t believe we’re there yet."
He highlighted some concerns about the project, including potential problems with collaboration among the parties.
"The subdivision rezoning is almost there but it’s not there yet. I think the parties can get together and make this happen. I support this happening; however, there are some significant issues that I’ve heard from both sides that need to be clarified before I can properly make a decision," he said. "So until those clarifications are made, I’ll be voting to reject the application."
Andrew Marquess, owner of Gem Equities, recently won a court battle to require that the proposed secondary plan be considered at the Nov. 13 city centre community committee meeting. He later expressed his displeasure with the outcome.
"I was disappointed with the decision that was made there to outright reject the application. Given all the investment that’s been made in the area, it really positions the area to have growth. And you have a vacant piece of land there that isn’t being readied for development, so that’s probably the biggest issue for everyone involved," Marquess said.
The issue will be forwarded to standing policy committee on property and development, heritage and downtown development.