Committee approves housing project plans

August 9 Riel community committee roundup

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August 9 Riel community committee roundup

• The site and landscaping plans for a high density student housing project along Pembina Highway were approved by Riel community committee this month.

At a special Aug. 9 meeting, the developers of a 352-unit, 16-storey multi-family building at 2525 Pembina Hwy. presented their plans for the layout of the new tower and parking lot, along with landscaping, at the former site of the Dairy Queen at Bison Drive.

Supplied image An artist’s rendering of the new student-oriented housing complex to be built at 2525 Pembina Hwy. Riel community committee has yet to green light plans for the development, though site layout and landscaping plans have been approved.

Documents submitted to the City show the proposed building will have a number of one and two bedroom units from the second storey upwards, and the main floor will feature a vestibule, office space, garbage room and amenity space for tenants.

Parking for the tower will primarily be located underground with 74 spaces below grade and 42 at the surface. An additional 276 bike parking spaces will also be included underground.

Applications for the project were first considered by the committee in September 2016, when the developer at the time, Rise Real Estate, was proposing a 14-storey, 197 unit building on the site. In March 2018, the current developer, Campus Suites, requested and received variances to increase the number of floors and units, reduce the required number of parking spaces, and increase density with a lot area per dwelling unit of 149 square feet.

The development will return to Riel community committee for plan approval at a later date.

• South Winnipeg – St. Norbert city councillor Janice Lukes has committed $40,000 from the Riel land dedication reserve fund for traffic calming projects in the neighbourhoods of South Pointe, Bridgwater Trails, and Bridgwater Lakes.

The funds will be allotted to the City’s public works department and go towards “traffic calming infrastructure to improve pedestrian safety and park and pathway accesses,” at various locations in the ward, according to the motion brought forward by Lukes.

“It’s very interesting in new developments and parks, the layout of parks in relation to collector streets, so I’ve been working with the public works department to look at traffic calming options,” Lukes said.

Lukes said pedestrians may have to cross collector streets to access parks in the new developments, prompting the need for enhanced infrastructure.

• A group of neighbours in Richmond West are preparing to upgrade one of the local parks.

A $40,000 land dedication reserve grant from the South Winnipeg – St. Norbert ward allocation was awarded to the Richmond West Neighbourhood Association on Aug. 9 to support a playground rehabilitation project in Kirkbridge Park.

“This is the ongoing continuation of our Fort Richmond park upgrades,” Lukes said. “It’s interesting that when you have an older community and you put a whole bunch of development in and then it becomes very busy and rejuvenating again, so we need to perk up the play structure.”

Lukes said the neighbourhood association is working on securing additional grants.

A $15,000 land dedication reserve grant was also given to the City’s public works department to pay for new benches and picnic tables in Fairfield Park, the linear green space along Waverley Street in South Pointe, and Bairdmore Park.

• The newly announced cricket pitches at La Barriére Park have received additional funding from local councillors.

Couns. Lukes and Brian Mayes (St. Vital) each contributed $5,000 from the Riel land dedication reserve to the Manitoba Cricket Association for the purchase of artificial pitches, or cricket carpets, for the facility south of the city. The construction on the pitches began in mid-July and is expected to be complete this season. The city is also constructing a new washroom facility at the park.

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Updated on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 3:58 PM CDT: Corrects information regarding developers of the housing project.

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