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Feb. 12 East Kildonan-Transcona Community Committee meeting notes
Two community incentive grants were approved by the East Kildonan-Transcona Community Committee at their Feb. 12 meeting, while a decision on a final site plan for a contentious townhouse development on Ravelston Avenue West was deferred for another month.
A $45,000 grant was approved for the Christian Family Centre to add an elevator to make their centre accessible for wheelchairs. The total cost of the project is $202,965, with $100,000 coming from Employment & Social Development Canada, $50,000 from the Winnipeg Foundation, $5,000 from Mennonite Brethren Church Manitoba, and $2,965 from private donations.
A $13,610.73 grant was approved for Gateway Recreation Centre (1717 Gateway Rd.) towards the installation of cell phone boosters within the facility.
"This is needed," Coun. Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan) said, adding that there are dead zones within the facility where cell phone reception is non-existent. "You cannot make cell phone calls in Gateway."
A $500 per capita grant was also approved for the recent winter carnival at Gateway Recreation Centre.
Approval of site plans for a contentious multi-family development at 1414 Raveltson Ave. W was deferred for a final time to the March meeting of the committee. Once again, residents of the neighbourhood arrived to voice their opposition to the development, which would add 72 townhouse-style dwellings to the two acre site.
"I’m here to right some injustices," said Frank Fiorentino, a resident of the block. "You’re rubbing salt in the (wound). We feel betrayed collectively. We’re not in favour of what you’re doing here."
However, following a fiery special committee meeting on Jan. 23, the developer and a representative from the City’s planning department met with a small group of area residents to go over the plans in detail, where changes to the plan regarding landscaping, siding, and traffic calming were made. Dave Kernaghan was in attendance.
"As a resident, I do support the modifications," Kernaghan said. "That being said, I do not support of the development itself."
Final plans that included the changes suggested at the interim meeting were not available at the Feb. 12 meeting, so the matter was laid over once more. A final decision is required at the March meeting.
A subdivision, rezoning and variance on a parcel of land at 1415 Regent Ave. W was approved by the committee. The land, which is currently zoned rural, will be rezoned to commercial so a parking lot can be expanded.
Additionally, plans for a renovation to the exterior of the strip mall at 686 Springfield Rd. were approved. Per capita grants were also approved for $775 for a family fun day in Transcona on Feb. 18; and $500 for the Navy Cadets program in Transcona.
The committee also recommended that the standing policy committee on protection, community services and parks to officially rename the baseball field at Transcona Stadium after Henri Constant, a longtime volunteer in the community who Coun. Shawn Nason (Transcona) referred to as "the face of baseball in Transcona."
The next regular meeting of the East Kildonan-Transcona Community will be held at 5 p.m. on Tues., March 19.
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