Former Kapyong site plan moves to City Hall


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The master plan for the redevelopment of the former Kapyong Barracks lands into an urban reserve is off to City Hall.

After months of public engagement and nearly two years of planning, the Treaty One Development Corporation (T1DC) and the Canada Lands Company (CLC) has released the plan for the 160-acre development to be constructed at the site along Kenaston Boulevard.

“We’re excited to be this far along in our creation of an urban reserve on federal land,” said Tim Daniels, T1DC chief operating officer. “The city has never seen anything like this before.”

Sou'wester Details of a retention pond area at the north end of the site on the west side of Kenaston Boulevard.

The site will feature housing, green space and recreation facilities, commercial and retail buildings, and a cultural campus. Out of the 160 acres, the T1DC is responsible for 109, and the CLC for the remaining 51.

Chris Elkey, CLC vice president Real Estate (West), said the corporation has applied to Winnipeg City Hall for approval of the secondary plan, something he expects to play out over the rest of the year. “In 2022, we’ll start the detailed design work. By 2023, I hope we’ll be building the roads and other infrastructure.”

Daniels said the plan is to start by building on block A, a 7.66-acre parcel of land located on the northeast corner of Kenaston and Taylor Avenue. “This will be commercial and mainly residential,” he said, adding there will another announcement before that work commences.

The T1DC will work to finalize a co-management agreement with the federal government of and a municipal development service agreement with the city. All processes could conclude as early as the fall of 2021, clearing the way for the start of the redevelopment soon after.

Demolition is on track and expected to be completed by the end of summer 2021, said Elkey, noting there are no buildings left on the site.

Both entities have been working on the master plan, with input from the seven First Nations which gave the T1CD a mandate to improve the economic and social well-being of their citizens. Governance oversight is provided by a board made up of the chiefs of the seven Treaty One First Nations.

The CLC is a self-financing federal Crown corporation that specializes in real estate development and attractions management and strives to enhance economic, social and environmental value for Canadians.

“This legacy development will unlock endless economic opportunities and benefits for generations to come among our Treaty One First Nations,” Whelan Sutherland, T1DC CEO, said in a press release, “and provide an ongoing and major contribution to both the Winnipeg and Manitoba economies.”

At completion in 10 to 15 years, the redevelopment of the site could accommodate between 2,300 to 3,000 homes and between 915,000 and 1.2 million-square-foot of commercial space. This will represent the largest multi-use project in modern Winnipeg history and the single largest, strategically located urban Indigenous economic zone in Canada, Daniels said.

He’s excited about the work being done by the Indigenous design team in terms of the active transportation networks and the ethno-botany suggestions for the site.

“The smell and scent of the space are important. Our plants and our medicines of sage, sweetgrass, cedar and tobacco mean much to the Anishinabe people,” Daniels said. “Planting these on the site, means those scents will bring back good memories and will remind people of their home communities.”

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