Developers bringing a massive outlet shopping mall to Winnipeg’s southwest are hoping to break ground in the next two months.

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Developers bringing a massive outlet shopping mall to Winnipeg’s southwest are hoping to break ground in the next two months.

Site plans for the new Outlets of the Seasons located north of IKEA just off of Sterling Lyon Parkway were approved unanimously at the Assiniboia Community Committee meeting on April 14.

The mixed-use development is a joint venture between Ivanhoe Cambridge, Harvard Developments and Forster Projects and is slated to have approximately 100 retail outlets as well as restaurants, a hotel, box stores and a residential component.

"I think that this is a wonderful development, in the aftermath of the construction of the underpass at Kenaston over the years, what has happened south of Taylor along Route 90 and the kind of development the city has seen," Coun. Marty Morantz (Charleswood-Tuxedo-Whyte Ridge) said. "I just think the thought put into these plans is extraordinary; I think it’s going to be a wonderful addition to the city in terms of commercial and retail development."

The development follows the CNR mainline to the north and backs onto the neighbourhood of South Tuxedo. Homes along Park Place East are in close proximity to the 2,314-stall parking lot required for the influx of shoppers to the area. Morantz who lives in South Tuxedo, questioned representatives Veronica Eno and Frank Vinodolac about noise and light from the lot.

"I’m wondering what thought went into the mitigation of those issues for the residents of Park Place East," Morantz said.

Eno said the north property line of the Outlets is about 300 feet from the back property line of the residential units. According to Eno, the site plan takes into consideration the impact of headlights of cars turning into the stalls and screening will mitigate some of the light spillage.  

"The parking stalls along that north area are the stalls that are going to be used during the holiday season and really busy times. They are the furthest away and they’re probably not going to be used on a regular basis," Eno explained.

The site will also have 183 uncovered bicycle stalls, 50 covered bicycle stalls with 25 stalls connecting to the active transportation path on Kenaston Boulevard.

To deter crossing of the railway a proposed six-foot tall black chain link fence will be installed along the north side of the property.

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Danielle Da Silva

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Danielle Da Silva is a general assignment reporter.