Portage Place developers working with stakeholders to create safe, active community space

The developer behind a $400-million redevelopment project for downtown Winnipeg’s Portage Place mall released some more details about its plans for a proposed community space Thursday.

Glen Hirsh, COO of Starlight Investments, told 680 CJOB the developers engaged with stakeholders to work out how best to accommodate everyone with “P3Commons,” the proposed 10,000-square-foot community area.

“It is meant to be inclusive, it is meant to be open to the public, it is meant to be programmed — to which particular group that applies to is early — but we are having several discussions with various stakeholders and we’re excited about it,” he said.

Hirsh said they’re still ironing out where the community centre will be at the site and just how it will look, as there are a lot of ‘moving parts’, but it was clear the space was needed.

“This is exciting for us, because we have gone out and conducted several consultations with stakeholders, and what clearly came up several times was this need for a community hub,” he said.

“Something of a community space, open to all the public in the area — particularly accommodating to some of the communities that frequent the mall currently — would be something that would be very, very well-regarded and looked upon.”

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