Developer plans may widen part of Pipeline Road
The Lord Selkirk-West Kildonan Community Committee met on Monday, Feb. 21, and the session began with a report from Winnipeg Police inspector Jon Lutz on the state of policing in the city, with Lutz reporting that in arrest numbers and the like were fairly standard.
However, Coun. Ross Eadie (Mynarski) brought up the issue of vacant and derelict houses — an issue particularly prominent in the wards of Eadie and Coun. Vivian Santos (Point Douglas).
Eadie asked if dealing with such properties, which are notorious for becoming fire hazards and drug dens, falls under the police service’s proactive activities. Lutz rindicated that police and enforcement officers lack the authority of established city by-laws to do much about the issue.
Moving into the main agenda items, the committee approved occasional liquor permits for three events without opposition or discussion. The three events are Absolutely Fabulous Friday: Drag on Ice, which will take place March 3 at Old Market Square; the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival 2023, also at Old Market Square, from June 14 to 24; and a community art and music event called From Dusk Till Dawn Productions at Millenium Centre on March 17.
The committee then recommended approval of plans to build a surface parking area at 140 Alfred Ave., which will help to service a building at 126 Alfred operated by community organization Shawenim Abinoojii, which provides a variety of “culturally relevant” programs and services to Indigenous communities.
The committee then agreed that fees allocated to the wards of the committee from a development at Pipeline Road and Court Avenue be fully allocated to the Land Dedication Reserve Fund of Old Kildonan ward (Coun. Devi Sharma).
Sharma said these funds would address a dearth of recreational areas and equipment in Old Kildonan.
“We’ll see in the coming days an application where there will be a new park, and we’ll need to outfit that park. There’s also an existing park in the Amber Gates neighbourhood. Again, it’s wonderful to have sod, but there’s no playing equipment, no seating, nothing for the community. These applications give us an opportunity to address those gaps in parks and recreation,” Sharma said.
In the hearings, the committee concurred with the public service that several subdivision, rezoning, and variance applications for a development at 1350 Templeton Ave. go forward to the standing policy committee on property and development.
Most notable among those is the widening of a portion of Pipeline Road from two-lane traffic to four lanes with a median. The developer, Landmark Planning and Design, will cover a portion of the costs.
Cody Sellar is the reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review West. He is a lifelong Winnipegger. He is a journalist, writer, sleuth, sloth, reader of books and lover of terse biographies. Email him at email@example.com or call him at 204-697-7206.