• Jim Mosher

Significant housing subdivision eyed in Winnipeg Beach

Smaller homes may be draw for land-locked town

The proposed subdivision, viewed here from Lake and Strollway facing southwest, is welcome.

It’s a big deal for smaller homes.

That may be said of a 44-lot housing subdivision proposed for the western edge of Winnipeg Beach. The proposal by a Gimli developer will be the subject of a public hearing this Wednesday, Jan. 23 at town council chambers commencing at 6:15 p.m.

The new residential lots in the single family zone are proposed for a 12.04-acre parcel of land west of Strollway St. at Lake Ave. If approved, the subdivision would extend to the town’s western boundary with the RM of St. Andrews.

“It’s nice to hear,” deputy mayor Pat Green said during council’s last regular meeting of the year Dec. 19.

“Hopefully that will lead to some development,” said veteran Coun. Daryl Carry who noted the property was sold by its former owner to the proponent, Vince Dery.

First-term Coun. Frank Masi was upbeat, and explained that the homes would be about 800 square feet. That would be a welcome addition in the largely land-locked town that’s anxious to grow and provide housing for future and current residents.

“It’s huge,” Masi said of the project’s potential. “It’s a great move for the town.”

Chief administrative officer Kathy Magnusson says the proponents has contracted with a builder to construct the homes — a lot of which, she said, “would be in and around 800-sq.-ft.”

In other upbeat news, council is in discussion with the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Centre about the possibility of establishing a medical clinic in town. Dr. R.C. Patel, who retired last November, conducted a two-day-a-week clinic on Main St. for many years.

The 11-lot Sky View Cove subdivision west of Temple Ave has sold and built on 10 lots, demonstrating that the market is there.

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