Phase 2 of an industrial complex near Wilkes Avenue has gotten the green light from Headingley’s council.
A company registered as 55536619 Manitoba Ltd., represented by John Froese, will build a 14-lot subdivision on the land east of Hall Road and south of Ellen Louise Drive.
It’s unclear which businesses will set up shop at the location. Each lot will be between one and three acres, and will be accessible by a new gravel road — Froese Crescent — or by Hall Road. The developer is building a retention pond for the lots to drain into.
Phase 1 of the industrial site has already been serviced with water lines.
Council also formally approved the creation of a skating and walking path along the Assiniboine River during its Jan. 12 meeting. The trail spans from Headingley’s boat launch to Taylor Bridge.
The municipality actually had the trail made in the first week of January.
"It was a relatively small project, in the grand scheme of things," said Headingley mayor John Mauseth. "Why wait when we have all this nice weather?"
The COVID-19 pandemic also played a factor in the early launch — the trail gives people something to get out and do, council said.
"I’ve never seen so many people on the river in my life, and I’ve lived here 40 years," said Deputy Mayor Jim Robson, noting both the skating and walking paths were wide enough to accommodate physical distancing.
Crossroads Backhoe Service developed and will maintain the trails.
Province’s response to left turn law at Blumberg Trail
Council discussed a Jan. 8 letter from Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler to MLA Myrna Driedger regarding left turns onto Blumberg Trail from the Trans-Canada Highway.
In his letter, Schuler didn’t offer any new solutions to make the intersection safer or more accessible.
Last July, Manitoba Infrastructure and the Rural Municipality of Headingley sent out a notice to remind residents that left turns at the intersection are illegal. In September, signs went up to enforce the rule.
Residents have since complained the no-left-turn policy has led to lengthier and more difficult commutes.
The intersection is highly frequented. Schuler noted Manitoba Infrastructure conducted a safety review of the spot in 2020; they found 12 reported collisions in the past five years. Seven of those led to nine people reporting injuries.
The province is not open to making the no-left-turn rule conditional.
"Offering signage to allow a left turn at the Blumberg Trail location only during non-peak hours would not align with safe driving practices and current legislation," Schuler wrote.
There are long-term plans for the intersection: eventually, the Trans-Canada Highway and Blumberg Trail will connect via service road, Schuler wrote. The plans also propose a strategic intersection, with traffic signals and dedicated turn lanes, approximately 500 metres east of Blumberg Trail.
Schuler ended his letter stating he’d work with Headingley on the development.
Mayor Mauseth said it’s good to see Schuler is committed to working with the municipality on future plans. However, there have been talks of reworking that stretch of highway for over a decade, he said.
"There’s no doubt that they share our long-term vision," he said. "The problem is, I think their long term is a little longer term than what we’d like to see."
Mauseth is meeting with Schuler’s deputy minister in February; he said he’ll bring up the intersection then.
"Any chance we do get with the minister, we bring that up," Mauseth said. "(It’s) always one of our top priorities."
John Blumberg sale update
The City of Winnipeg is accepting proposals to own or jointly own the land John Blumberg Golf Course occupies. The closing date is Wed., March 31.
The land is in the Rural Municipality of Headingley, but Winnipeg has owned it since 1964. The City voted to begin the process of selling the land last October.
"One of the things we made very clear is we wanted to have dialogue and conversation with that piece of land," Mauseth said.
He said he’s spoken with Winnipeg mayor Brian Bowman and city councillors.
"It’s a big piece of property for little old Headingley," Mauseth said. "We’re definitely interested in what happens there … but it’s pretty early in the game."
He added council would like to see some green space kept.
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