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Vision for Future of Winnipeg’s Chinatown Revealed

May 13, 2019 12:04 PM | News

Chinatown Development

A vision of King Street teeming with colour and activity, paying tribute to the cultural heritage of Chinatown. (CENTREVENTURE)

A new visionary development strategy was revealed Monday for the future of the Northwest Exchange District and Chinatown neighbourhoods.

The city and province are working with CentreVenture on the vision to revitalize the areas as Winnipeg’s population continues to grow.

CentreVenture said in a release the focus is on “filling in vacant lots, enhancing the history of the area, creating affordable housing, and supporting local and independent businesses.”

The strategy document also calls for street widened pedestrian zones with seating areas, pop-up kiosks, pocket plazas and seasonal patios, and colourful lighting, lanterns, banners and vivid signage.

“The strategy being released today reflects active and comprehensive community engagement as well as government partnership to develop an important area of our city and, is a natural extension of the visionary work currently underway to redevelop the Public Safety Building and civic parkade lands,” said Mayor Brian Bowman.

CentreVenture also launched a request for development proposals for nearly two acres of property along Ross Avenue including the historic Paulin Biscuit Factory. The area is proposed for low-rise, mixed-income residential development.