Luxton and St. Boniface improvement plans get green lightWINNIPEG - April 17, 2003 - The Building Communities Initiative will provide residents in Luxton and St Boniface with improved parks and athletic fields, new play structures and river access. The Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg announced the approval of the Luxton and St. Boniface neighbourhood strategic plans today.
"Improvements to key community assets will strengthen these two neighbourhoods and contribute significantly to their renewal and well-being," said Attorney General Gord Mackintosh. "The unique aspect of the Building Communities initiative is that the neighbourhood plans are prioritized by the community itself, ensuring projects reflect residents' needs."
"It's important to reinvest in our older, established neighbourhoods," said Mayor Glen Murray, "and even more important to have the communities themselves decide what needs to be done. Residents in Luxton and St. Boniface will gain greater enjoyment from their communities through improvements to parks, the addition of new pedestrian and bicycle paths, and other projects which enhance the overall appearance of their neighbourhoods."
The Luxton neighbourhood will receive $1.4 million to implement their strategic plan and St. Boniface will receive $2.1 million.
Building Communities is a $14 million, cost-shared capital infrastructure initiative launched by the city and the province in February 2002 to improve living conditions in designated older neighbourhoods in Winnipeg that shoulder the inner city and are beginning to show signs of physical decline.
Under the Building Communities initiative, designated neighbourhoods undertake a community planning process to develop a strategic plan identifying priority capital projects and preliminary costs. A Neighbourhood Advisory committee, comprising a wide representation of neighbourhood stakeholders, works with a planning consultant to develop the neighbourhood strategic plan that is then endorsed by the community.
Two plans, in Luxton (includes the Luxton, St. John's Park and Seven Oaks neighbourhoods) and St. Boniface (includes North St. Boniface, Central St. Boniface, Tissot and Dufresne neighbourhoods), have now been completed and approved by the two funders. Key projects in the Luxton neighbourhood include;
The St. Boniface strategic plan includes the following key projects;
With the approval of the strategic plans in the Luxton and St. Boniface neighbourhoods, program staff will now be working with specific project proponents to finalize plans and begin project implementation. Projects are expected to be completed within the next two to three years.
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