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Old Posted Dec 19, 2018, 2:28 PM
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^ Yes! Getting that back is my only Christmas wish. I don't want to live in one of the two tiny shoebox apartments per floor, but it would be cool to look at.

The only problem with that plan is that it still leaves a pretty big void along the sidewalk.
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Nothing come through for me on Biff's photo, even on mobile network. W.T.F. Biff haha
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Old Posted Dec 19, 2018, 3:42 PM
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^ Maybe Biff used up all his bandwidth trying to get the pic of the 300 Main billboard to load yesterday

It loaded just fine for me earlier, but now it's not coming up anymore.
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hahaha. Ah, okay. Thanks.
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Yep, I see it. Thank you.

So what am I looking at now haha a tall, skinny tower? Oh I see, at the bus depot.
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I think this one UWCRC 2.0 is really cutting edge. But comparing this with many similar looking projects around the world I’d say this one is in the league.

I think about London when looking at this one. Some radical designs in London really left some deep impression in me
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^ Yeah, that space is no longer really necessary now that the bus terminal is no longer there (it used to be a bit of a pick-up/drop-off zone in those days).

Some of the veteran forumers might remember when drawings surfaced of an improbably skinny tower on that site... that would have been awesome. But more realistically, a lower-rise 3 to 6 storey building built out to the sidewalk and establishing a bit of a street wall would be more than OK.
Totally agree. I think with that site it'd be more about enhancing the sidewalk & streetscape, and filling the void with something useful and having streetfront presence. If it could do that at 10+ storeys, fantastic, but something along the lines of recent UW buildings like Buhler Centre and Science Building would be more than OK.
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Art gallery-area housing to get $26-M boost
By: Dylan Robertson
Posted: 01/23/2019 3:00 AM

OTTAWA — The federal government will unveil today a multimillion-dollar loan to support a large mixed-income apartment project in downtown Winnipeg, the Free Press has learned.

It’s part of a project that aims to house low-income residents, revitalize the downtown and support local artists — all while turning a profit for the taxpayer.

Supplied photo</p><p>The federal government announced more than $26 million in support for the ongoing construction of Arts District, a 14-storey, mixed-income apartment complex near the Winnipeg Art Gallery at 290 Colony Street.</p>
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The federal government announced more than $26 million in support for the ongoing construction of Arts District, a 14-storey, mixed-income apartment complex near the Winnipeg Art Gallery at 290 Colony Street.

"I think this is a great project, and something we should have been doing in Winnipeg decades ago," said Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette (Winnipeg Centre), who will make the announcement this morning near the University of Winnipeg campus.

"I’m looking forward to cutting the ribbon."

Called the Arts District, a 14-storey building just south of the Winnipeg Art Gallery will provide housing for 119 families; 46 of those units will qualify as low-income housing.

The building will include facilities for local and visiting artists, such as a studio people visiting the city for months-long terms can use. It would allow an artist to practise an instrument in a sound-proof room and offer classes to locals, instead of renting a hotel and a separate art space.

The project has been in the works for years, but today will be the public’s first detailed look at units set to open in mid-2020. Ouellette will announce more than $26 million in federal support — though it isn’t supposed to cost the taxpayer a dime.

The loan comes from Ottawa buying bonds, and loaning the cash at a much lower rate than what banks provide, over a decades-long term. The federal government intends to get the cash back while turning a small profit from its bonds, which will likely be used to administer such projects.

Officials believe cutting this deal will save a U of W development group $4 million in interest fees it would otherwise pay if using a bank loan.

The project is led by the University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation, an arm’s-length organization created to grow the university campus in the late-2000s. It created the Downtown Commons, a mixed-income housing project that had one-third of its units as student apartments and services for vulnerable groups.

Now branded as UWCRC 2.0, this is the group’s first major project to help create non-campus housing stock. Another involves the nearby, West Broadway Commons, offering 110 mixed-income apartments in partnership with All Saints’ Anglican Church.

The funding for the Arts District comes from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, through its Rental Construction Financing initiative, which has been using cash from the Liberals’ national housing strategy to increase housing stock in larger cities, where the rental market is maxed out.

Those arrangements have CMHC offer developers a loan better than the banks, with the agreement they offer rental units at 90 per cent of market rate, with the idea this will provide middle-class families a chance to find housing.

What UWCRC 2.0 has agreed to do is pool that 10 per cent discount, and instead offer low-rent units, while charging full market rates to those who can afford them. That means offering units at an effectively subsidized rate for two decades, without actually registering as affordable housing.

Ouellette said his riding needs "a project that forces people to rub shoulders together" with different ages, incomes and ethnicities living in close proximity.

"It creates a better environment, which I think is more sustainable in the long-term," he said, comparing it with downtown areas that are overwhelmingly poor.

A UWCRC 2.0 spokesman, who would not be named, compared the approach to other universities, who often create housing at a profit, thus driving up prices and pushing students further away from campus.

"This project uses an innovative approach that will generate its own revenue and equity stream, and supports the university’s core mission of academic excellence," the spokesman wrote. "We have a track record of delivering financially sustainable projects that benefit the university and surrounding community."

The building will be located at 290 Colony St.; it was first slated at the same site but under the address of 505 St. Mary Ave.

Construction of the building’s foundation began last month, and should continue until March. Concrete beams should appear in the late spring, with the rest of the building being pieced together until July 2020.

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I was by the site yesterday and looks like they're in full swing on the foundation prep.
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Michael Maltzan Architecture did an official shout-out for 290 Colony on its Instagram account, received many likes. Here's the link:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtO-6k_B...d=8p65v2m0r2w8
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The first section of tower crane is in place for this project.
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Michael Maltzan Architecture did an official shout-out for 290 Colony on its Instagram account, received many likes. Here's the link:

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Just brilliant and kinda like:



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Big red tower crane is now up. Looks cool so close to the Art Gallery crane.
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Big red tower crane is now up. Looks cool so close to the Art Gallery crane.

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Yay for cranes.

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lots going on in that pic! woot woot!
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lots going on in that pic! woot woot!

And maybe another crane for the hotel component of TNS, so four cranes in downtown Winnipeg, may be a record!
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290 Colony Street project has reached a milestone - the level two slab has been placed and is currently being finished, 158 meters in total. This photo was taken from the crane over the project. The unique plan and shape of the towers is now visible.



How high did you get today? Level 2 of a 14 storey project in Winnipeg
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