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Old Posted Oct 4, 2018, 7:54 AM
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August 9 Riel community committee roundup
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Posted: 08/20/2018 3:38 PM

The site and landscaping plans for a high density student housing project along Pembina Highway were approved by Riel community committee this month.

At a special Aug. 9 meeting, the developers of a 352-unit, 16-storey multi-family building at 2525 Pembina Hwy. presented their plans for the layout of the new tower and parking lot, along with landscaping, at the former site of the Dairy Queen at Bison Drive.

Documents submitted to the City show the proposed building will have a number of one and two bedroom units from the second storey upwards, and the main floor will feature a vestibule, office space, garbage room and amenity space for tenants.

Parking for the tower will primarily be located underground with 74 spaces below grade and 42 at the surface. An additional 276 bike parking spaces will also be included underground.

Applications for the project were first considered by the committee in September 2016, when the developer at the time, Rise Real Estate, was proposing a 14-storey, 197 unit building on the site. In March 2018, the current developer, Campus Suites, requested and received variances to increase the number of floors and units, reduce the required number of parking spaces, and increase density with a lot area per dwelling unit of 149 square feet.

The development will return to Riel community committee for plan approval at a later date.
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@JaniceLukes INVITATION: Thurs Oct 4th @ 11:00 am 2525 Pembina (form DairyQueen) Sod turning iconic $70M StudentHousing complex! (All private funding) SAFE-CLEAN Furnished for 1000+ students, 365 bike parking, 3 + yrs of work w / CampusSuites AMAZING!
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Complex could reduce number of illegal suites near U of M, developer says
By: Ryan Thorpe Posted: 03/19/2018

An unprecedented student housing development is coming to the city and could help cut the number of illegal rooming houses that have popped up in neighbourhoods around the University of Manitoba.

A 16-storey student apartment complex is set for the corner of Bison Drive and Pembina Highway as early as September 2020.

Located on the 2500 block of Pembina Highway, the building will be the first of its kind in the city, with 352 units, 513 beds and parking stalls for 176 vehicles and 256 bicycles.

"It’s on what we think is one of the pre-eminent corners in the market. We think it’s going to be a transformative building. We think it’ll change the way that area is perceived," said Henry Morton, co-owner of Campus Suites, the project’s developer.

"We’re excited about what this project will be able to do for the university, the students and the community. For the community, we believe it will relieve some of that pressure on non-code complying housing. We hope they’ll find opportunities to reconvert those homes into single-family housing."

Morton, originally from Winnipeg, says his company has developed and managed mixed-use student-housing projects across the country, having done work in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Calgary.

The project has been in the works since the summer and was recently approved by the city’s Riel community committee. Shovels should be in the ground by June or July, with the apartment complex ready for students by the start of the 2020 school year.

"It will be designed for the students and their lifestyle. It’ll have fully furnished accommodations, everything from fitness to gaming rooms to communal kitchens — even though we’ll have kitchens or kitchenettes in every unit," Morton said.

The approval of this project is just the latest in a flurry activity from the Riel community committee, which in the span of a week approved two projects, totalling 765 units, set to be constructed near the University of Manitoba.

In addition to the Campus Suites project, a 410-unit, mixed-use, development on the 3,000 block of Pembina Highway was also recently given the green light.

The Campus Suites development is the latest in a series of projects supported by Coun. Janice Lukes (South Winnipeg-St. Norbert) in her efforts to crack down on illegal rooming houses near the U of M.

In August, the councillor sponsored a study that found there could be as many as 150 illegal rooming houses near campus, which often leave students living in dangerous, cramped conditions.

One of the contributing factors to the problematic situation, according to Lukes, is the lack of on-campus housing available to students.

Lukes hopes that this development will have a significant, tangible impact on the situation, given that the complex will not only be specifically geared towards students, but is also being built only a stone’s throw away from the U of M campus.

"This building will be a game changer for the neighbourhood in so many ways. It will definitely alleviate the pressure on rental housing. It is close for students. The developer is offering a product that ensures the transportation choices are sustainable," Lukes said.

"At some point, I’d love to see a restaurant go in on the main floor. This will be a signature building for the area. It’s taken a long time to get to this point, but it will be well worth the wait."

Morton spoke highly of the councillor’s help in their efforts to try to get the project off the ground.

"I respect the involvement of Coun. Lukes. There’s been a collaborative series of discussions with her. She understands what our mission is and what we’re trying to get a accomplished, in terms of the benefits for the community and the transformative nature of what we’re trying to do," Morton said.

"All the metrics that we normally would like to see, in terms of looking at a development, the U of M has. It has a great international student body. A great student body in general. It’s a great university, a growing university and we’re proud to be working there."
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Generally speaking, any kind of density in and around South Pembina and/or the University of Manitoba is a great deal in my books. I'm quite happy with this nugget.
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I think we could use a couple of these downtown...not necessarily student housing but the building.
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I think we could use a couple of these downtown...not necessarily student housing but the building.
What about a 30,000 student university and all the student housing it brings downtown?
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What about a 30,000 student university and all the student housing it brings downtown?
Who's going to come up with the billions of dollars it would take to relocate a 30,000 student university downtown?
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Who's going to come up with the billions of dollars it would take to relocate a 30,000 student university downtown?
I wasn't being totally serious. I think we've thoroughly discussed the implications of the UofM going downtown in another thread. I understand how impossible it is and even undesirable from a certain point of view but I cant help dream what the extra mass of people would mean for the core of the city.

Anyway, glad that theres some densification occurring in that area. Hopefully more development occurs as a result of this
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The UofM has been in Fort Garry for 105 years, even longer if you consider the agricultural college was already there. It has a history and it's not like it's a fly-by-night operation that you can just plop down anywhere.
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Building looks great, think even nicer than the earlier renders – a great project. Most parking underground secure underground bike storage for almost 300 bikes.

Too bad the University isn't building anything like this on campus yet...
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Building looks great, think even nicer than the earlier renders – a great project. Most parking underground secure underground bike storage for almost 300 bikes.

Too bad the University isn't building anything like this on campus yet...
They could be cashing in on student residence fees instead of allowing some developer to cut into their market. Plus, there are several sites outlined in their masterplan that allow up to 25 storeys if I'm not mistaken.
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^Exactly. That goes back to my point I made in another thread of how they should just better develop their existing land before trying to redevelop the golf course.
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The building does look better than what was originally presented.


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Groundbreaking in more ways than one. Glad to have played a small role in making it possible to build a 352 unit building @umanitoba with “vastly more bike parking than car parking” in Winnipeg. Parking minimums unnecessarily foster car culture; this one plots a new course. @umsu
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New $70 million private funded accommodations for student housing across from the University of Manitoba. Congratulations @JaniceLukes on this accomplishment. Looking forward to other projects that address student housing. #communityconnected #wpg18 #wpgpoli – at University of Manitoba
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Law could easily move downtown since it is more or less self-contained.

The problem with many other fields is that their students have to take courses in other departments, so it's problematic to have them have to go back and forth between far away campuses. (Nurses take bio courses, business students take econ courses, etc.).

I'd guess there would be a lot of resistance to moving programs downtown as well because I know a number of U of M staff and they all live in the south end and mostly care about parking.

It's too bad U of W is so far west. I think an expanding RRC is really the best bet for the downtown. Realistically a lot of the more interesting growth fields are coming from RRC instead of the two Us, so hopefully we'll see some of the growth go in that direction.

It would be amazing if RRC could become a polytechnic type university offering a mix of certificate and degree programs. (Engineering for instance would be interesting, since it already has several technologist programs and Manitoba only has one engineering program in the entire province).
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^ Law could theoretically move downtown but you'd still need a fairly substantial new building to house it. And there is something to be said for being part of a larger university community and having easy access to various student services, recreational facilities, etc.
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RRC is already certified to hand out degrees, and has a few programs that do.
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Engineering for instance would be interesting, since it already has several technologist programs and Manitoba only has one engineering program in the entire province.
Presently U of M does not give credit for any RRC engineering technology courses. Should a grad want to go on and get their degree they can get it at Lakehead or UVic in two years. At U of M they have to start from scratch.
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Presently U of M does not give credit for any RRC engineering technology courses. Should a grad want to go on and get their degree they can get it at Lakehead or UVic in two years. At U of M they have to start from scratch.
I believe Brandon has a transfer arrangement with U Minnesota. The bottom line though is that Manitoba would really benefit from some actual competition between engineering programs. As just one example, because U of M is the only game in town, there is no chemical engineering program offered in the entire province. In every other discipline, the market for engineering talent is only as good as the one university's program (in some areas, very good, in others, no comment)
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The U of M isn't going to magically replenish downtown. That is a false solution.

A real solution for downtown is a lot more complicated than "let's shove students there".

This is a nice building and I will echo what some others have said: if we had some more of these in downtown Winnipeg, it would make a difference. And again, some buildings like these don't necessarily have to be exclusively for students; they could just be rentals.
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Cool building. I agree, a few of these scattered around downtown would be great.
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The building does look better than what was originally presented.


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Groundbreaking in more ways than one. Glad to have played a small role in making it possible to build a 352 unit building @umanitoba with “vastly more bike parking than car parking” in Winnipeg. Parking minimums unnecessarily foster car culture; this one plots a new course. @umsu
https://twitter.com/SwansonAnders/st...84619683700737


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New $70 million private funded accommodations for student housing across from the University of Manitoba. Congratulations @JaniceLukes on this accomplishment. Looking forward to other projects that address student housing. #communityconnected #wpg18 #wpgpoli – at University of Manitoba
https://twitter.com/MarkusAChambers/...88562778038272
Agreed.
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