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Planning, Property & Development

Market Lands Initiative - Redevelopment of the Public Safety Building & Civic Centre Car Park site

An external evaluation of strategic alternatives for the Public Safety Building undertaken by Deloitte in December 2015 made it clear the current state of the Public Safety Building, as well as the limitations of the structure and exterior cladding, made it unsuitable for a significant and costly restoration project.

The Deloitte report indicated that the restoration of the Public Safety Building would not better meet the needs of the City, would not better contribute to downtown revitalization priorities, and would not provide value above and beyond other alternatives. The Deloitte report concluded these limitations, along with an associated high cost of restoration, combined to make a strong case in favor of demolition which Council approved in April, 2016.

The site of the former Public Safety Building and Civic Centre Car Park has a long and important history in Winnipeg – a centre of commerce and civic life. The redevelopment of the lands needs to recognize this important past and embrace the future and emerging aspects of the neighbourhood (arts, culture, innovation, residential life).

The redevelopment of these lands presents an unparalleled opportunity to create something great, in one of Winnipeg's greatest downtown neighbourhoods. Over the next year Winnipeggers are being asked to get engaged in the process by providing their input into the redevelopment of the lands.

Upon completion of the public engagement process, the City will proceed with public tendering and evaluation of proposals for the Market Lands, subject to Council approval

Visit CentreVenture's site for more information on the project, site history and public engagement.

 

Project Timeline

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Background

In April 2016, Council resolved to demolish the former Public Safety Building and Civic Centre Car Park and embark on a public engagement process for the redevelopment of the lands they occupy. CentreVenture, as the City's Downtown Development Corporation, will lead the public engagement and redevelopment process for the property, along with the Planning, Property and Development department.

The site of the former Public Safety Building and Civic Centre Car Park has a long and important history in Winnipeg – a centre of commerce and civic life. The redevelopment of the lands needs to recognize this important past and embrace the future and emerging aspects of the neighbourhbood (arts, culture, innovation, residential life).

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Guiding Aspirations Summary Report 2017-05-26 Reports

Engage

CentreVenture and the City of Winnipeg are committed to meaningful public engagement for the redevelopment of the lands, to learn what Winnipeggers envision for this important site.

The public engagement process related to land redevelopment will occur over the next year, with various components to draw input from citizens, stakeholders and experts in the field of architecture and urban design.

Visit the CentreVenture sitefor more information on the project, site history and public engagement.

If you would like to stay updated on City of Winnipeg public engagement events, follow the City on Facebook and Twitter, or sign up for our public engagement newsletter.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why are the Public Safety Building and Civic Centre Car Park being positioned to be demolished?

In April 2016, Council resolved to demolish the former Public Safety Building and Civic Centre Car Park and embark on a public engagement process for the redevelopment of the lands they occupy.
As a result of findings in an engineering report by Croiser Kilgour & Partners Ltd. that was reviewed in August by senior management, the Chief Administrative Officer and the Winnipeg Parking Authority determined that the Civic Parkade at 171 Princess Street must be closed on August 24, 2012. Due to the age of the building, the City had been monitoring the parkade on an ongoing basis to ensure its structural integrity and closed the parkade as a precautionary measure.
It was recommended that the Public Safety Building be demolished due to significant structural limitations. As well, the design of the building presents a number of challenges, including:

  • The entrance is not at street level and presents accessibility challenges.
  • The main floor is not barrier-free which limits its potential uses.
  • The existing column structure limits the development of underground parking.
  • The Public Safety Building's supporting mechanical systems are currently located within the parkade and would have to be relocated to a ground level compound which may not be feasible within the footprint of the property.
  • It will be financially impractical to retain the Tyndall Stone cladding.
  • The potential for parcels of land are limited by the existing footprint of the building.

Date added: May 26, 2017

Members of the community are concerned about losing the architectural elements of the Public Safety Building and Civic Centre Car Park as a result of demolition. What does the City have to say about this?

The façade of the Public Safety Building is an example of the Brutalist style of architecture defined by its deep-finned mullions, clear expression of structure, and local Tyndall stone cladding, which establishes a visual connection to the neighboring City Hall complex and is reminiscent of the style's more typical exposed and textured concrete. Although the Public Safety Building embodies heritage values, an adaptive reuse of the structure was not deemed to be feasible.

Date added: May 26, 2017

When will public engagement begin for the former Public Safety Building and Civic Centre Car Park land redevelopment?

The Mayor and CentreVenture jointly launched the public engagement on January 17, 2017.

Date added: May 26, 2017

Why are we calling the project "Market Lands"?

The project has been renamed "Market Lands" to reflect the important history of the site.

Date added: May 26, 2017

Last update: May 29, 2017