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January 11, 2013
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Joint venture partnership for unused St. Boniface industrial lands expected to generate more than $34 million in City revenue
Terracon Development Ltd. to turn lands into “Prairie Industrial Park”; will help keep commercial businesses in Winnipeg

Released: 11:11 a.m.

WINNIPEG, MB - A joint venture agreement between the City of Winnipeg and Terracon Development Ltd. involving 237 acres of vacant, City-owned industrial-use lands in St. Boniface is expected to generate more than $34 million in revenue for the City over the next 16 years.

The proposed agreement is being presented in an administrative report for consideration by the Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development. If approved, the agreement would see Terracon acquiring one-half interest of the approximate 237-acre site south of the City aqueduct, to develop and market the lands in stages for industrial and potential future residential development.

Through this joint venture, development is expected to occur earlier, which would result in increased municipal tax revenues sooner (estimated to amount to nearly $34 million at full development).

An independent appraisal valued the City land to be $8,100 per acre and Terracon has agreed to acquire one-half interest at a total price of $989,850 plus taxes. In year one of the agreement, it is anticipated that Terracon would develop nearly one-quarter of the lands at a cost of approximately $4.8 million, of which each party of the venture would be required to contribute 50 per cent share, or approximately $2.4 million. The City would contribute $959,850 towards its share, while Terracon, in addition to its 50 per cent share, would finance the City’s remaining $1.4 million.

The opportunity to develop “Prairie Industrial Park” through the proposed joint venture is the result of a successful agreement between the City and Terracon, approved by Council in September 2008, to service Mazenod Road and the aqueduct crossing, providing access to the land located south of the aqueduct.

The report, which will be considered by the Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 is available by clicking here.

Brookside, St. Vital and Transcona Cemeteries will be closed this weekend

Released: 12:05 p.m.

WINNIPEG, MB - Due to the possibility of heavy snow accumulation and windy conditions during the weekend, the public is advised that Brookside, St. Vital and Transcona Cemeteries will be completely closed to public access this weekend starting today, Friday, January 11, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.

“Blizzard like conditions have been forecast for the city this weekend and we anticipate this may cause heavy drifting, resulting in very poor driving conditions on the cemeteries’ roadways,” said Jane Saxby, Cemeteries Administrator. “We apologize for the inconvenience but public safety is our primary concern.”

Cemeteries will remain closed until roadways are cleared. Clients and visitors are advised to contact 311 for the latest information before travelling to the facilities.

For updates on access to City-run cemeteries this weekend visit winnipeg.ca/ppd/cemeteries or contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at 311@winnipeg.ca.

Transit service disruptions expected due to winter storm

Released: 12:12 p.m.

WINNIPEG, MB - Winnipeg Transit wishes to advise its customers to expect some disruptions to transit service due to winter storm conditions.

Please continue to monitor local news outlets for transit service updates. Customers can get the latest service information, including delays and cancellations at winnipegtransit.com or by contacting 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at 311@winnipeg.ca.

Up-to-date real-time bus arrival information is always available through our Transit Tools on your mobile phone (TeleBUS, BUStxt, BUSguide, Navigo), on your computer (BUSgadget, Navigo and the Winnipeg Transit website) and at major transit stops equipped with electronic BUSwatch signs.

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Salting and sanding of streets continuing around-the-clock to improve traction
Motorists are urged to slow down due to extreme winter driving conditions

Released: 12:56 p.m.

WINNIPEG, MB - City of Winnipeg salting and sanding trucks are continuing to work around-the-clock to improve traction on roadways throughout the city. With a blizzard in the forecast for Winnipeg, it is anticipated that road and sidewalk conditions will deteriorate throughout the day and tonight. Residents are urged to adjust their driving behaviour by making allowances for winter driving conditions.

“With a large number of pieces of heavy equipment out on the roadways and reduced visibility due to high winds, we are asking motorists to use extra care and caution,” said Ken Boyd, Manager of Streets Maintenance.  

Drivers are advised to factor in additional travel time to get to destinations, slow down to a safe travel speed for winter conditions, and allow appropriate stopping distances. Pedestrians are reminded to use proper winter footwear and use caution when walking on sidewalks.

Currently there are over 25 spreader trucks on city streets addressing conditions. Once snow starts to accumulate later today, a truck plowing operation will be initiated on main routes, bus routes and collector streets to keep streets clear and passable.

The public is reminded that the Annual Snow Route Parking Ban remains in effect from December 1 to March 1, and vehicles are prohibited from parking on designated snow routes between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Vehicles parked in violation of the annual snow route parking ban will receive a ticket in the amount of $100 ($50 if paid early), and may be towed to the towing company's compound.

If additional parking bans are required in the coming days, the public will be advised through the media, on winnipeg.ca or by contacting 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at 311@winnipeg.ca

All public snow disposal sites are open for public use.  Go to http://winnipeg.ca/publicworks/SnowRemoval/SnowDisposalSites.asp for locations.

Operations are undertaken in accordance with the City Council-approved Snow Clearing and Ice Control Policy, which can be found online at www.winnipeg.ca/publicworks/Snow_Clearing_Policy/default.asp

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Old Exhibition Arena temporarily closed
Closure in effect Friday evening to Saturday late afternoon

Released: 6:00 p.m.

WINNIPEG, MB - The public is advised the Old Exhibition Arena, located at 80 Sinclair Street, is temporarily closed. The arena is expected to reopen late Saturday afternoon.

The closure is due to a mechanical issue involving the overhead door.

All programs and games scheduled for tonight and tomorrow morning and afternoon have been cancelled.

For more information about when the arena will reopen, please contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at 311@winnipeg.ca . The public will also be advised via the media when the arena is re-opened.

Last update: 14.01.2013

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