CJOB 68 , July 20 10:00 Richard Cloutier Show was talking about the residential townhouse development along the Wilkes Ave. woodland area. The story seems to parallel the City development of Win Port. It's worth a listen, any thoughts on the subject. Send in your comments.
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Winnipeg Free Press 4/15/2009
Expressway for CentrePort
Harper announces funding to connect cargo hubs
By: Carol Sanders
" When the going gets tough, the heart of the continent gets going.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced help for Winnipeg to do just that, with $212 million in federal-provvincial funding to build an artery that's vital to the creation of an inland port in Winnipeg.
Dubbed"CentrePort Canada Way," the four-lane, divided expressway will connect Inkster Boulevard, the James A. Richardson International Airport and the CP Weston rail intermodal facility to the Perimeter Highway near Saskatchewan Avenue. The plan includes a new cloverleaf connecting Inkster to the Perimeter. Construction is to begin early in 2010, be completed in 2011, and will help Manitoba battle the recession, Harper said.
"Today's announcement is about building on Winnipeg's place at the heart of the continent," said Harper, standing next to Premier Gary Doer at Winnipeg's Airport. "And it's about ...coming together during a period of extraordinary global economic uncertainty to transform a crisis into an opportunity," Harper said after touring flooded southern Manitoba with Doer earlier in the day.
"The port is an ambitious, far-sighted initiative -- a massive transport,trade,manufacturing,distribution, warehousing and logistic cetre on 20,000 acres of northwest Winnipeg," said Harper.
The trucking and rail depot will be linked to runways and aircraft coming and going from all over the globe, and the funding commitment is a vote of confidence in Winnipeg and its economic strengths, Harper said.
"This action plan will put Canadians to work building the infrastructure needed to achieve greater priorty when the recovery takes hold," said Harper.
The corridor is vital to developing the 20,000-acre CentrePort northwest of the airport, and Harper's announcement is crucial to get the ball rolling, said Doer."This will be a very,very important statement to all the private investors that are looking at making their down payments on their investment as part of the CentrePort Canada."
Winnipeg will be able to take better advantage of its location. The city is at the centre of the continent, the crossroads of the major railways, is home to hundreds of trucking firms, and a 24-hour airport with more cargo moving through it than any other terminal in Western Canada, Doer said.
The problem has been that the city hasn't had the services to deliver, said Barry Prentice with the Transport Institute at the I.H. Asper School of Business.
"What's really important is that those 20,000 acres of land have sat there for the last 15 or 20 years. People have thought,'Let's have an industrial park,' but the public sector has to act first. Business will act after that. They'll come in and pay for lots but they're not going to put up money for the road. I guess you could say they're getting the horse in front of the cart the way it should be. It's taken a long time to come," said Prentice.
"When you fly into Toronto and many cities you look out the window and see factories surrounding airports," said Prentice. When you fly into Winnipeg, you see bare fields, not industry. "This is one of the few places where there is available land. What's been lacking is the services. That's what's now being put in," said Prentice.
"Nobody should expect to see buildings pop up as soon as the road is built. But 20 years from now we'll look back and we'll say,'wow..."
The funding for the expressway that will kick-start CentrePort comes from the largest infrastructure program in 50 years, said Harper.
"By looking forward today and investing in key infrastructure like Winnipeg's inland port, we are seizing the initiative, seizing opportunities that will get us through these tough times and ensure that our country remains strong and becomes stronger than ever," Harper said.
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Notice of Public Hearing Executive Policy Committee
Date: Wednesday, December 3 ,2008
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Loction: Council Building, 510 Main Street
Re: Proposed plan Winnipeg Amendment By-law No. 147/2008
Chief Peguis Trail extention alignment in the Amber Trails and Leila North neighbourhoods.
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