Consultation process for old Parmalat site ramps up

Two virtual public meetings set for Nov. 26

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The future of a historic piece of land in Old St. Boniface will soon be in the spotlight again.

According to a notice published in the Nov. 18 edition of the Lance, Winnipeg-based Edison Properties is considering an application to rezone the vacant parcel of land at the former Parmalat milk plant site at 738 Rue Saint Joseph so that it can eventually house a multi-family development. Landmark Planning & Design has been retained to lead an engagement process and a planning process in the community.

The company will hold two upcoming virtual public meetings, when officials will provide a project overview, which will involve preliminary design concepts. Community members will also have the opportunity to register their feedback. The meetings will be held via Zoom on Thurs., Nov. 26. The first one will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and the second one will be held at 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Photo by Simon Fuller The site of the former Parmalat factory at 738 Rue Saint Joseph.

Speaking on behalf of the office of area councillor Matt Allard, Ryan Palmquist said the parcel of land has been vacant for about a year. Prior to demolition of the former factory, it had been the longtime home of Parmalat, before the company moved to a larger facility on Mazenod Road.

Palmquist said while he isn’t at liberty to comment on certain details at this stage of the public hearing process, he said the potential shift in land use in the area is significant.

“It was the last industrial operation of its kind in the north St. Boniface area, so it’s kind of the end of an era,” he said, noting how north St. Boniface was “a largely industrial area with a residential component” in previous generations.

Now, as the landscape of the area changes, it’s attracting more families and young people, he said.

Palmquist said it’s important to note the role of the North St. Boniface Secondary Plan, which was recently updated, in guiding such processes. The plan is considered an important planning tool that helps guide how land can be developed and used — not least when it comes to population-related factors such as density levels.

“I’d encourage everyone to keep an open mind and participate fully in this process. I look forward to seeing what comes forward. This represents a really significant historical moment, and it’s really a tribute to the work and actions of many people over many decades,” he said.

To attend one of the virtual meetings, individuals are asked to RSVP at info@landmarkplanning.ca or 204-453-8008 with their preferred time slot.

Simon Fuller

Simon Fuller
Community Journalist

Simon Fuller is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. Email him at simon.fuller@canstarnews.com or call him at 204-697-7111.

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