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March 22, 2018

Developer unveils renderings for the Market Lands project in Winnipeg

CentreVenture has revealed mixed-use makeover plans for an entire Exchange District block.

After more than a year of public consultations, CentreVenture unveiled renderings for the Market Lands, a 2.4-acre piece of prime real estate bordered by James Avenue, William Avenue, Princess Street and King Street where the Public Safety Building and civic parkade currently stand, unused.

Illustrations showed off the development corporation’s main goals for the block, but aren’t finalized concepts. The drawings so far include four mixed residential-commercial use buildings, an affordable housing complex and a public market.

“It’s important for everyone to understand that at this level of (planning), this is about understanding a sense of scale of a place and what’s going to happen here, kind of the overall urban design. It’s not about the architecture of the buildings or the spaces right now,” said CentreVenture CEO Angela Mathieson.

CentreVenture encouraged businesses or organizations who would consider setting up at Market Lands to approach them with an expression of interest. More details on a design competition to firm up plans will be released this spring, Mathieson added.

The city is readying for demolition of the PSB and parkade, but there’s no start date yet.

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