Plans approved for Habitat build on Pandora Avenue
The East Kildonan-Transcona community committee met briefly on June 20, approving a handful of planned new developments in the area.
A public hearing was held regarding a subdivision, rezoning, and variance application for 597-599 Washington Ave. The owner wishes to consolidate the properties in order to build a 22-unit affordable housing complex. With nobody registered in opposition to the project, Coun. Jason Schreyer (Elmwood-East Kildonan) noted the project was a welcome one, particularly in an area that is historically industrial.
Plans were also approved for 55 units of housing at 900 Pandora Ave. West. When the project was seeking subdivision, rezoning, and variances in the fall of 2021, a number of neighbours expressed opposition to the project. Sandy Hopkins, CEO for Habitat for Humanity Manitoba, the developer of the site, told the committee that concerns raised in those meetings had been addressed in the design, including additional fencing for privacy and exceeding the city’s requirement for new plants and trees on the site.
“We’re hoping to build a beautiful development,” Hopkins noted. “The homes will be highly energy efficient, no carbon emissions from homes once they are built. They are very much in line with what the City of Winnipeg is trying to do with regards to emissions.”
“I look forward to welcoming more people to the neighbourhood, and saying ‘Hi Neighbour’ to them, too,” Coun. Shawn Nason (Transcona) said.
Additionally, plans were approved for a public park and playspace in Devonshire Park, which includes a playground and soccer pitch, and for a commercial refresh at 1341 Henderson Hwy.
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