Downtown BIZ Reflects on Top Achievements of 2012

By Sarah Klein

The emptyful sculpture is located outside the Millennium Library in downtown Winnipeg (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is celebrating some of its top achievements of the year as 2012 comes to a close.

The completion of the first phase of the city’s bus rapid transit system made the list, as did Millennium Library Park and numerous festivals.

“We can feel Winnipeg’s urban canvas taking shape, bringing us together, weaving more and more into the fabric of our everyday lives,” said Stefano Grande, executive director of the Downtown BIZ. “We know what works, we have a plan, we have all of the right tools, and our downtown can become as vibrant as we hope it to be. We need to work together.”

The BIZ also hailed plans for Winnipeg’s central entertainment district, the Sports, Hospitality and Entertainment District (SHED), its giant Canada Day Living Flag, growing downtown housing options, the $12.5-million transformation of a 100-year old historical building into the Avenue Building on Portage, Winnipeg Convention Centre expansion plans, the newly restored Metropolitan Theatre, and the BIZ’s successful outreach program to 10 permanent WPS cadets.

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