News in brief: Major residential complex breaks ground in Fort Garry
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Major residential complex breaks ground in Fort Garry
Construction has begun on a 16-storey, 352 unit residential tower promising to change the rental landscape in Fort Richmond.
On Oct. 4, representatives of Campus Suites and Forum Equity Partners broke ground on their first Winnipeg development at 2525 Pembina Hwy.
The multifamily tower which will have a mix of one and two bedroom “purpose built” suites will offer a new housing option for students and folks working at the University of Manitoba, developers say. The project is an estimated $70-million private investment.
The building at the corner of Pembina Highway and Bison Drive is within walking distance of the U of M, the Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor, and is integrated into the emerging City’s Active Transportation network, officials say.
“I’m very excited to welcome Campus Suites and Forum Equity Partners to Winnipeg. I have enjoyed working with the entire design team,” South Winnipeg-St. Norbert city councillor Janice Lukes said in a statement. “Together, we are poised to realize critically needed safe, accessible student housing. Additionally, this project plans for people. It fully meets the vision of the OurWinnipeg plan, creating dense people places that are connected in unprecedented ways.”
The building is expected to be finished by fall 2020.
Jino Distasio receives community service award
Fort Rouge’s Jino Distasio is receiving praise from the University of Winnipeg for his work in the community.
Distasio, Vice President of Research and Innovation and director of the Institute of Urban Studies at the U of W, was given the Clarence Atchison Award for Excellence in Community Service at the university’s autumn convocation on Oct. 12.
“Distasio has remained committed to supporting local communities and relationship-building,” a statement from the U of W reads. “As a teacher and a mentor, he emphasizes the importance of providing opportunities for students and community members to work with the IUS team. His focus of study and applied research seeks to address issues of access and affordability related to housing, to advance innovative solutions and policies to help solve homelessness.
“Notably, he served as co-principal investigator in a $110-million project examining homelessness and mental health in Canadian cities — the largest such initiative to be conducted globally.”
Delta 9 holds off on Osborne Village location
Recreational cannabis users will have to wait a bit longer to access Manitoba producer Delta 9’s offerings in Osborne Village.
Gary Symons, director of communications with Delta 9, told The Sou’wester renovations at its location at 478 River Ave. have not been finished and is awaiting provincial inspection and approval before opening to the public. Symons expects the storefront to open shortly after legalization and teased that it will be Delta 9’s signature location and a “chill HQ.”
Delta 9 will open its St. Vital location at 827 Dakota St. on Oct. 17.
At least two other cannabis retailers are expected to open in Osborne Village. Tweed, part of Canopy Growth, and Tokyo Smoke, are both setting up storefronts on Osborne Street.
Requests for interviews with the two companies were not returned by deadline and none confirmed whether they would be open to the public on Oct. 17.