Second student apartment for Pembina

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Plans for a student housing apartment building next door to one already under construction on Pembina Highway were unveiled at the April 9 Assiniboia community committee meeting.

Coun. Janice Lukes (Waverley West), Coun. Kevin Klein (Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood) and Coun. Scott Gillingham (St. James) were in attendance.

The application by Richard + Wintrup Design and Development and Campus Suites was for rezoning the land at 2537 Pembina Hwy. from commercial to residential mixed-use in order to build an 18-storey, 397 residential unit apartment building with commercial space on the main floor. The units will be oriented to university students in a multiple-family format, with each suite having a complete kitchen.

Sou'wester Concept drawing for the new student housing apartment at 2537 Pembina Hwy.

There was also a variance application to increase the height of the building and decrease the front and side yards in size.

The property is currently home to the former Subaru dealership building and is to the south of The Arc building under construction at 2525 Pembina Hwy. which is phase one of the student rental housing development project.

Architect Guela Solow with ARK (Architects + Research + Knowledge) spoke about how the two buildings will change the nature of Pembina Highway at the corner of Bison Drive to be more pedestrian-friendly.

“The buildings are right up against the road, with parking lots to the rear near the railway lines,” she said over the virtual connection to the meeting. “The apartment will have housing ranging from one- to four-bedroom units. The building is Transit-oriented and will embrace both pedestrians and cyclists.”

Solow noted the development team has learned from the construction of The Arc, and hopes to have the new building up more quickly. “The pandemic changed our access to materials and how we have construction done,” she said.

Having more housing for students and young professionals will make a big difference to the Fort Richmond neighbourhood, according to Lukes. “This will be such an incredible addition to housing numbers here,” she said. “It also takes a sustainable approach to transportation.”

The subdivision, rezoning and variance were approved by the committee, and the applications will move on to the City of Winnipeg’s executive policy committee. 

For more on the April 9 Assiniboia Community Committee, see the minutes at bit.ly/3uYzXwb

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