Development on Portage Ave / Randoms


( Credit Winnipeg Downtown places for the Picture)

As I was walking to work this morning I noticed a sign on Peace Hills Trust indicating that they will be moving to Grant Park Festival. For those that don’t know, Grant park Festival is the mall located at Taylor and Nathanial ( Dollarama / Sobey’s / Boston Pizza). What makes this interesting is the notice on the empty space next door (240 Portage ave – the space with the DTZ sign on it). That notice is an application to turn the property into muti resident facility ( Condos?), I guess that might have something to do with the new coat of bright white interior paint in the hallways at the other end of the building.

Along with the Avenue Building condos, looks like a lot of residents will be springing up within a couple of blocks of Portage and Main if this goes through. Which brings up a topic that quite often rears its head. What does the downtown do for groceries ( and gasoline for that matter)? Now add the Fairmont into the mix. That’s a significant amount of permanent / transient residential. We had business contacts staying in the Fairmont for three weeks in the fall, and the question I couldn’t ask was where do you go at 9pm in the areas for munchies ( convenience store) or food (grocery store). So I think there going to be a lot more pressure int he near future for a small grocery / convenience store within walking distance of Portage and Main.


A few random thoughts:

Really? That’s just a very slow news day or Brodbeck has identified every other “innappropriate” of city dollars over $200

  • To continue the bitching, they are also pissed about Ross Eadie donating $3000 of his travel budget for bus tickets. Now I’m not a big Ross Eadie fan, but a) it’s his budget, and b)it goes to transportation. Of note is the fact that Eadie takes the bus to City Hall (and I think he is the only one), not taxis like Harvey Smith or cars like the majority of councillors. Now, this does need to be approved by council – and I hope they approve it. If I was Eadie and they didn’t? I’d start taking cabs – that’s a lot more expensive than his bus passes and the donations ( and well within his perogative as to how to spend his budget) How do you like them apples, Colin Craig?


  • I can think of few more appropriate responses to the above than the video below:


  • Why are the lights at Pembina beside Pembina Chrysler operational? Those went in as part of Rapid Transit. That doesn’t go online till April, and in the meantime, it just causes much congestion
  • With headlines like these, it’s no wonder people look at Winnipeg as Canada’s Detroit.  Shot in the eye, but that can of Minhas Creek, was just too appealing. Sheesh!
  • Here’s a question for the ladies – when you go to the gym, do you spread your gym bag and stuff all over the benches so nobody can sit, or is this just a guy thing? On that I used to belong to a small downtown gym. Quite often there was nobody in it. One day, I’m the only one in the locker room, I’m using the sink, my locker is open and I have a chair in front of it. A guy comes in, and does he take one of the six stacked chairs beside the lockers? Nope – grabs the one in front of my locker. WTF?
  • City of Winnipeg – fix the 62 and 37 bus routes. These are the only routes that go to south Winnipeg that don’t stop within a block of Portage and Main – why?

“My journalist friend put it perfectly: The Winnipeg Sun is not a real newspaper but unlike the Winnipeg Free Press it does not pretend to be a real newspaper.

The sad part is that it is getting worse.”

  • That’s it for now.

4 thoughts on “Development on Portage Ave / Randoms

  1. When I go to the gym, I do NOT spread my crap out everywhere. I’m paranoid that it will a) hit the floor and get wet and filthy with muck-boot-shower-juice b) accidently or purposely get stolen or otherwise appropriated by someone else c) get forgotten. So I neatly fold everything up and take everything out in an anal-retentive, paranoid manner. I suppose this could be construed as respectful of the space of others, but it’s entirely selfish.

    As for the Freep? Oy vey. Don’t get me going. They ran an article the other day that was missing at least 10 apostrophes and full of really, really, really hideous grammar. I see that it is fixed now, but it was shameful.

    • Yeah, I saw that freep article. Seems like that day the editors had the day off. The same day they had an article where they used BOTH NL and NF as abbreviations for Newfoundland & Labrador in the headline!!

      Also Gym – I know women are kind of weird about showering in front of others ( lots of male gyms are open showers. Anyway, I always think it kind of odd when people head to the showers in shorts or underwear as opposed to just a towel. Other day – guy head from lockers to shower in shirt/underwear/shorts. Proceeded to shower and then put everything back on for the walk back to the lockers where he changed. Kind of defeats the purpose of the shower, no? As for me? Only time I am spread out is my runners that go under the bench while I am in shower. That’s it.

  2. Very interesting development with the Dreman Building on Portage. Judging by what I’ve seen from the sidewalk, the office space has not been consistently filled. Over the last 10 or 15 years it has gone from being partially full to empty to full to partially full and now nearly empty. The size of the floorplates would probably be much more appealing as residential spaces, and given the success of the Lindsay Building conversion a block away it isn’t a farfetched idea.

    I hope that the main floor will remain commercial in nature, though. It makes for a busier block that way. Portage between Main and Edmonton has too few active storefronts as it is, so losing some of them would be a hard hit to that strip.

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