MTS Centre Upgrades
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04-11-2012, 04:22 PM
Join Date: Jan 2012
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thanks Gump good find on that article.......someone was trying to describe the streetscape upgrades from the TIF and the photos now helps me "get it"
when I get a chance I am going to do a breakdown of Stantec, (Alt Hotel), and parking garage development that is on the North side of Portage avenue. Not only will that give us nice new optics visually itís a nice new project man hours wise and the increase in property taxes are significant. (more on that at a later date)
The Shark club-regional Casino blended project that is on the 2nd floor of City Place is now in Demolition phase and is projected to be open by approximately December 2012. I think it is going to be about 17,000 square feet. you will be able to exit that business and walk directly across the skywalk and into the MTS centre up around section 316 (all indoors without needing a coat in winter)......if anyone can help me on this one itís the skywalk across to MTS from City place and there is an access point into the MTS centre (not sure what section).
Also there is a strong rumor that the parking lot across from Tavern will be converted into two separate significant tower developments........on the pad closest to Tavern a mixed use office and retail tower complex (possible new head office of Manitoba Lottery)....then back by the area that you pay for your parking when exiting that lot would be a large hotel.......these two developments could be connected by a skywalk which would skywalk into City Place........also there would be 750 new proposed parking stalls sub-grade and above ground blended between the two developments. (I have heard this bid is in the lead amongst multiple suitors for the property.
then we have the proposed Convention centre expansion which should be activated any day (helping drive occupancy rates for new hotels in the area)... and of course the old Met is under construction and will be a big sports bar (plus) from the Canad Inns people.
all this new development with the streetscape upgrades will have a dramatic impact in the area visually, from a tax revenue base, and in human traffic counts ......many more travelers to the area and as many as 250 new nightly occupied hotel rooms filled with people that will need places to eat and be entertained at.
I know this component of the story has cooled off but we will see significant continued development in the area over the next 36 months and lots of cranes in the sky and new tax dollars to fund further improvements to the area. it takes time to finish plans, get permits, and activate projects. donít mistake a lack of current visual development activity for the lack of activityÖÖ.lots going on behind the scenes that will translate into action
As far as physical changes to the MTS centre I think they will slowly steadily upgrade the facility but nothing too drastic quickly. The one area I have heard about is that they would have room to capture space behind sections 325 to 328 where the current high vestibule is along Portage ave. there is a chance they could cantilever over that existing space and use the new space to expand washrooms and amenities
While reading your post, I kept thinking of all the naysayers, years ago, to locating the arena downtown. Amazing what downtown Winnipeg may become.
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