Thursday, December 31, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DOWNTOWN FULL OF POSITIVE CHANGE IN 2009
WINNIPEG, MB-It’s been a year of continued positive change for downtown Winnipeg. New developments broke ground, new projects were announced, and millions in private and public funding were directed to downtown projects and programs. The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, with the help of CentreVenture, The Forks North Portage Partnership and the Exchange District BIZ, has compiled a list of downtown’s top events, projects and initiatives of 2009.
1. Ciclovia sees 10,000 people take to the streets celebrating healthy living and active transportation on Broadway.
2. Canadian Museum for Human Rights breaks ground at The Forks.
3. Red River College’s Union Bank campus with culinary school and student housing is announced.
4. Rapid Transit project commences and the city creates its first Transit-Oriented Development policy.
5. Manitoba Hydro building opens on Portage Avenue, bringing 2000 new employees to downtown.
6. Completion of several new housing units including 230 Princess Street, Centre Village, Sky Condos on Waterfront Drive, as well as ongoing construction of YouCube and 161 Donald (York The Hotel conversion).
7. Upper Fort Garry is given new life with land transfer and demolition of 100 Main Street.
8. University of Winnipeg completes construction of McFeetors Hall student residence, while the university continues with expansion including a new science complex, bookstore, fitness centre, theatre and more.
9. Sport Manitoba gets a new home in the Exchange District in the former Prosperity Knitwear building.
10. The MTS Centre celebrates five years and its five-millionth visitor.
11. New United Way head office project commences on Main Street.
12. The province announces the implementation of Tax Increment Financing, a move that could transform downtown development.
13. Indoor Walkway System undergoes and extension, closing the loop between cityplace and the Winnipeg Convention Centre.
14. Winnipeg named Cultural Capital of Canada for 2010, with most of the main events happening downtown.
15. Manitoba Children’s Museum received $5 million of funding while The Forks New Heritage Variety Interpretive Park receives $1.5 million.
“It’s been an impressive year for our downtown with so many events, projects and initiatives moving our core forward,” says Stefano Grande, executive director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “I have been thrilled to see the support of government, business and the citizens of Winnipeg as we continue growing downtown together. I know that 2010 is going to be even better with everyone on board.”