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North District Police Station

The City is in the planning stages of building a new North District police station to replace the existing station #13 located at 266 Hartford Ave. as part of its transition to a four district police station model. The Winnipeg Police Service’s (WPS) Four District Model will be achieved with the addition of the North District station.

The existing station #13 does not meet current needs, and the building itself is not adequately located to handle growth in the north end of the city. 

November 2020 – The Public Service has now completed an evaluation of location options for the North District Police Station. The Public Service is recommending a revised design on the Old Exhibition Grounds. The Executive Policy Committee (EPC) will consider this recommendation on Wednesday, November 18. For further information on the evaluation recommendations, visit the Recommendations tab.

If you would like to appear as a delegation, please contact the City Clerk's Department by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17.

February 2020 - Following the Request for Proposals (RFP) for private land opportunities and associated review/analysis, the City is continuing to evaluate options to house both the North District Police Station and Archival & Exhibit Building. It’s anticipated that a report will be presented with proposed options and cost estimates for Council’s consideration tentatively in spring 2020.

As part of the decision-making process, there will be opportunities for members of the public to appear as a delegation before committees or Council. Notification of these opportunities will be provided to those on the project email list with as much notice as possible.

February 2019 - Submissions to the City’s bid opportunity to seek private land options for the North District Police Station were accepted until 4p.m. on January 31, 2019. The Request for Proposals (RFP) outlined the requirements and criteria for site selection, and can be accessed online on the Closed Bid Opportunity Information page (Bid Opp #1037-2018). The City will now evaluate proposals to determine a preferred site. A recommendation to acquire a chosen development site will ultimately be considered by the Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development (SPC–PDHDD) followed by Council. As part of the decision-making process there will be opportunities for members of the public to appear as a delegation before committees or Council. Notification of these opportunities will be provided to those on the project email list with as much notice as possible.

November 2018 - In response to stakeholder and public engagement activities that showed a significant number of residents and organized community groups were not in support of a North District Police Station being built at the Old Exhibition Grounds, the City issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to seek private land options for the project, with a closing date of January 31, 2019.

June 2018 – Council approved the Public Service’s recommendations that:

  1. The Real Estate Branch of the Planning, Property and Development Department puts out a request for proposals (an RFP) to identify a preferred development site for the North District Police Station project.
  2. The Public Service evaluates proposals and reports back with a recommendation for a preferred development site.

In November 2018, the Public Service issued a Request for Proposal soliciting opportunities to acquire private land for the development of the North District Police Station. The City received two proposals, and after assessing all feasible procurement options available, the Public Service continues to recommend constructing the North District Police Station at the Old Exhibition Grounds; however, the Public Service is recommending utilizing a revised, optimized site design which would reduce the footprint of the development and would be the most cost effective option. The revised, optimized site design addresses concerns that were expressed through community consultation by allowing the existing community sports fields to remain in place.

To see all of the recommendations, please visit the administrative report.

The report is now available online, and includes the following recommendations:

  1. That the North District Police Station (NDPS) be constructed at the Old Exhibition Grounds at 80 Sinclair Street, implementing a revised, optimized design, which minimizes the extent of development and repurposing of recreational green space, and additional funding in the amount of $2.296 million be approved for the North District Police Station project as outlined in the capital budget detail sheet in Appendix 2.
  2. That additional borrowing authority in the amount of $2.296 million be approved and that Council enact a borrowing by-law (draft attached as Appendix 3) in order to give effect to this approval.
  3. That, subject to approval of Recommendation 1 and 2, the resulting debt and finance charges be included in the 2021 and subsequent years’ operating budgets.
  4. That additional operating impacts, including accommodations-related net expenditures in the Winnipeg Police Service budget beginning in 2024, be included in the 2024 operating budget.
  5. That land within the proposed NDPS development area, which at present is within the purview of the Public Works Department, be transferred to the Winnipeg Police Service for the purpose of housing the NDPS.
  6. That the Winnipeg Police Service Archival and Exhibit Building (AEB) be separated out from the NDPS Project for future procurement.
  7. That additional operating budget impacts, starting in 2024, be referred to the 2021 Operating Budget process.

These recommendations were the outcome of the WPS evaluation of three different development alternatives for the NDPS, as outlined below.

Scored Evaluation Results and Total Project Cost

Development alternatives Scored evaluation results (100 available points) Total project cost including land acquisition
Private location proposal 1 47 points $34.85 million
Private location proposal 2 50 points $31.61 million
Old Ex (new, optimized plan) 86 points $25.68 million

For more information, please see the full report that will be presented to the Executive Policy Committee (EPC) on November 18.

On July 23, 2003, Council approved the implementation of the WPS’s Four District Model. The former WPS six district service delivery model was based on a municipal structure which existed prior to 1971. The existing station #13 located at 266 Hartford Ave. pre-dates the 1971 city amalgamation. It was designed for 30-40 male officers with bare minimum holding cells, video capability, security, and female locker area. There is barely any separation between detainees processing area and officer's work area. The existing station does not meet the current needs of policing and the building itself is not adequately located to handle growth in the north end of the city.

 

These and other issues led the WPS to review its service delivery structure and recommend realignment from six to four districts. The Four District Model will result in operational efficiencies. To date, the implementation of the Four District Model has resulted in the closure of five former police stations and the construction of three new police stations. The East District station, West District station and the Police Headquarters building have been built, while the North District station is the last station required to complete the Four District Model.

 

WPS service needs will be addressed through the construction of the North District station. The station will be designed to follow the same model as the East District station and the West District station. The North District station will replace the existing station #13 located at 266 Hartford Ave.

Document Name Date Type
RFP
December 7, 2018 Request for Proposals
Site selection: Evaluation criteria December 7, 2018 Criteria
WPS District 3 Map December 7, 2018 Map
WPS Population Density Map December 7, 2018 Map
WPS Primary Dike Map December 7, 2018 Map
Public Engagement Summary June 4, 2018 Report
News Release October 26, 2017 News Release
Postcard Invitation October 26, 2017 Postcard
Email Newsletter #1 October 26, 2017 Newsletter
Community Workshop Boards November 14, 2017 Image Boards

Engagement Activities to Date

  • Stakeholder meetings – July 5 to October 4, 2017
  • Resident Information Sessions (2) – November 1 and 2, 2017
  • Online survey - October 26 to November 21, 2017
  • In-person survey – October 14 to November 21, 2017
  • Public Workshop – November 14, 2017

Please view the summary here:

Feedback from stakeholder engagement activities, the community workshop, and the online survey was compiled and analyzed to produce the North District Station Public Engagement Summary. Over 50 community members attended the workshop on November 14, 2017, and over 200 surveys were submitted. The outcome of stakeholder assessment and public engagement activities in summer and fall of 2017, which proposed a partial repurposing of City land at the Old Exhibition Grounds, served to identify that a significant number of residents and organized community groups were not in support of the North District Police Station being built at this location.

In response to these concerns, an administrative report concerning private land options was approved by SPC-PDHDD on June 8, 2018. Following SPC-PDHDD report approval, the Public Service put together an RFP to solicit private land options. The project timeline has been updated to reflect this process.

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Why are you closing the current police station?

The existing station #13 does not meet the current needs of policing and the building itself is not adequately located to handle the growth in the North end of the City. The building was originally built to handle the needs of the West Kildonan Police Department.  

Date added: July 21, 2017

Why are four stations better than six stations?

On July 23, 2003, Council approved the implementation of the WPS Four District Model. The former WPS six district service delivery model was based on a municipal structure which existed prior to 1971, and the existing building pre-dates the 1971 city amalgamation. The station was designed for 30-40 male officers with bare minimum holding cells, video capability, security, and female locker area. There is barely any separation between detainees processing area and officer's work area. The existing station does not meet the current needs of policing and the building itself is not adequately located to handle growth in the North end of the City. 

These and other issues led the WPS to review its service delivery structure and recommend realignment from six to four districts. The Four District Model will result in operational efficiencies. To date, the  implementation of the Four District Model has resulted in the closure of five former police stations and the construction of three new police stations. The East and West district stations have been built, as well as the Police Headquarters building, while the North District station is the last station required to complete the Four District Model. 

Date added: July 21, 2017

Why is the City still planning to locate the North District station on the Old Ex Grounds? Weren’t you looking at other options?

In response to stakeholder and public engagement activities that showed that a significant number of residents and organized community groups were not in support of a North District Police Station being built at the Old Exhibition Grounds, the City put out a request for proposals (RFP) to find an alternative site for the station. Following the RFP for private land opportunities in early 2019, the Public Service reviewed, evaluated and scored the submissions   based on pre-determined evaluation criteria.  These criteria included the land location, suitability to meet the operational requirements of the police station, and the cost to purchase land.  The result of this evaluation process led to a recommendation to locate the North District Police Station (NDPS) on the Old Exhibition Grounds, using an ‘optimized’ design to minimize development impacts, and additional funding to be reinvested in the redevelopment of Old Ex Arena and the adjacent park space.

 A summary of public input can be viewed on the project ‘Documents’ tab.

Date added: November 16, 2020

How is the City planning to choose a site?

 Site selection was scored on merit and qualification, based on a number of criteria.  The selection criteria can be viewed on the project ‘Documents’ tab. The highest scored submission was chosen.

Date added: November 16, 2020

Will members of the public be able to provide feedback on the recommended new site?

The recommended preferred development site will be considered by the Executive Policy Committee followed by Council. As part of the decision-making process there will be opportunities for members of the public to appear as a delegation before committees or Council. Notification of these opportunities will be provided to those on the project email list with as much notice as possible.

Date added: November 16, 2020

What is the proposed timeline to construct the North District station?

There is currently no construction timeline for the North District station. Potential timelines will be reconsidered once Council has provided feedback on the project recommendations.

Date added: November 16, 2020

What’s the budget for the project?

Funding in the amount of $23.38 million has been approved through the 2018 capital budget. Additional borrowing of $2.296 million is required for the North District Police Station as outlined in the report to EPC for a total project budget of $25.675 million.

Date added: November 16, 2020

How will the project be funded?

Funding in the amount of $23 million has been approved through the 2017 capital budget.

Date added: December 7, 2018

How will the project be funded?

Funding in the amount of $23 million has been approved through the 2017 capital budget.

Date added: December 7, 2018

Are you going to be taking away recreation sites from user groups at the Old Ex site?

The Old Exhibition Grounds site has been identified as a suitable location for the station in terms of service delivery. Our public engagement process will allow for public feedback on various options for how the new North District Station could be located on this site.

Date added: July 21, 2017

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