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Major plans developing for Polo Park

CODY SELLAR

STAFF REPORTER

ST. JAMES-ASSINIBOIA

Polo Park may be set for some major developments over the next decade, according to a Jan. 12 announcement from Shindico Realty.

In a press release, the company announced plans to “transform the Polo Park area into a modern, mixed-use destination centre.”

Concept plans include the construction of a “significant number” of multi-family dwellings surrounding the mall.

Shindico Realty’s Justin Zarnowski said the company was excited to release the news.

“This is an actual once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work on a development of this scale and of this transformational nature for Winnipeg, Polo Park and St. James,” he said.

Zarnowski said the plans, which were developed in partnership with shopping centre owner Cadillac Fairview, which owns and operates CF Polo Park, would help revitalize the area by adding “thousands of units,” that would have people living, shopping and eating in the immediate area.

He said it would add infill to an area with pre-existing infrastructure, which would create a “huge” tax base for the city without having to spend much money.

Mayor Scott Gillingham also pointed to infill as being a potential boon for the St. James area, where he served as councillor before taking up the mayoral helm.

“Winnipeg needs more housing, and St. James can use more multi-family housing. The advantage of sites like Polo Park is that so much of the infrastructure is already in place,” he said. “There’s access to transit. Water and sewers are in place. Roads are in place. And so this plan as it’s being proposed may help the City of Winnipeg meet some of our infill targets, as well.”

Gillingham said he’s been “very supportive of redeveloping the lands around Polo Park,” and he supported early proposals to add multi-family housing. However, the mayor reserved specific comment on the plans, due to the lack of specifics and formal applications at this point.

“This project has to go through the same approval processes that any other development has to go through, so I’m not predetermining the outcome in any way,” he said.

Plan approvals and zoning permit applications, when ready, will need to make their way first through the public service for review, then to city hall’s Assiniboia community committee, made up of Couns. Janice Lukes (Waverley West), Shawn Dobson (St. James), and Evan Duncan (Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood). The development will be just inside the eastern boundary of St. James ward.

Developer Shindico Realty is hoping to create living spaces for thousands of people in the area surrounding Polo Park.

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