Community News South St. Boniface Residents Association – News and Events

September 15, 2016

Marion Update

Filed under: Community News,Marion and Archibald — Admin @ 6:55 pm

It still has to go before public works on Monday Sept 19th, committee meeting starts at 11am. From there it will also still has to move to Council.

Concerning issue, at the start everyone was saying you need 60metres rail to intersection. Who has measured? And if the room is there whats between CPR and Archibald causing the problem? Is a smaller plan with an Underpass impossible? Or is the proposed South Eastern Bus Rapid Transit Corridor a factor playing into this?

Winnipeg DMIS Agenda for Public Works meeting on Monday, see item 31

Or quick view the pdf file linked below

Winnipeg dmis info for public works.pdf

Winnipeg can’t afford to widen Marion Street: report | Metro News
A new report says city hall should scrap the $566 million plan and find a cheaper option.

City can’t afford underpass at Marion and Archibald: report
Drivers hoping to avoid trains at a major railroad crossing in Winnipeg will just have to wait.

September 11, 2016

Our Marion Report!

Filed under: Community News,Marion and Archibald — Admin @ 2:55 pm

Our Marion Widening Report Card is in! Sadly, it fails even using the City of Winnipeg’s own criteria

This report was completed by members of the South St. Boniface Residents Association who are passionate about their community, the time and effort to complete this was on a volunteer basis.

September 7, 2016

How bad was consultation for Marion?

Filed under: Community News,Marion and Archibald — Admin @ 9:28 pm

How bad was the City’s consultation for the Marion Widening and Grade Separation?

Many people voiced that they had received no notice and that the consultation was poor, however just voicing this fact had very little impact on City officials. So members of our association decided to put numbers to the voices to provide the cold hard facts. We completed our survey in the Summer of 2015.

351 Residents and 52 Businesses filled out our surveys!

We’ll start with the businesses;
– 46% reported an expected job loss of 301
– 3 businesses that did not complete surveys had employees report and additional 88 jobs at risk
– Some businesses that leased their location (on a site up for expropriation) commented on receiving no notice; one business slated for expropriation was not even contacted by the City
– 48% of the businesses reported hearing about the project from residents or the residents association, not from the City consultants!
– 38% were aware of this project from city contact or notifications
– 4% were aware Bus Rapid Transit was a part of this design
– Reported concerns of loss of revenue, loss of business, restricted access, concerns of losing business due to construction, concerns of job loss.

As for the residents?
– 69% reported that their only notification came from other residents or the residents association
– 72% heard about the April 2015 meeting at Archwood School from a Resident made and distributed flyer
– 8% reported hearing about the April 2015 meeting from the City
– 18% reported hearing about the June 2014 meeting from the City
– Less then 5% report hearing from the City about the following items; Sound Barrier walls, Canada Packers infill, Bus Rapid Transit and the extension of Evans from Deniset to Cussion
– Reported concerns of limited access, freeway by homes and park, loss of Park space, loss of amenities and pools due to expropriation and construction, loss of walkability, loss of direct access to public transportation, concerns of damage to foundation, concerns of lower market values on homes

We have heard the Mayor in the media last year congratulating officials for engaging residents, yet, we learned from our survey that the only city-held meeting last year was in April 2015 in which only 8% of residents received notice from the City. The 2 resident organized meetings at Archwood Community Centre, held after the city’s Open House were flyer-ed by local residents determined to wake up the neighbourhood. City officials did attend the second meeting but very few answers were provided. Again and again, we heard comments from them like: “We don’t view this as a bad thing for your area” and “this is an improvement to your area.” But how would the City come to those conclusions without even speaking to residents to learn what the selling points are for this area? We still are not clear on that point.

One member of our association, prior to joining our group, emailed the consultants and, instead of an email, received a call back, hearing the same statements. The member went on to further ask exactly how their street would be affected. They were told that their street was slated to have a concrete sound barrier at the end, with a few of the neighbours being expropriated. They would also have only one access street out of the neighbourhood. So they asked the obvious question: “Why was my whole street not considered affected or the other streets that would also have limited access?” The response the consultant gave them left them stunned. “Residents outside of expropriations were considered unaffected.” These statements caused many residents and business owners to speak loudly in objection and to become disheartened with the system .

“Unaffected” by loss of access
“Unaffected” by limited access for emergency and city services
“Unaffected” by jobs at risk
“Unaffected” by loss of park space
“Unaffected” by loss of amenities
“Unaffected” by loss of revenue
“Unaffected” by decrease market values
“Unaffected” by decreased walkability of neighbourhood
“Unaffected” by limited access to businesses …. and the list goes on…
The City needs to revisit their definition of “Unaffected” and their process of consultation with their tax paying citizens!

We ask Mayor Brian Bowman if there will be a greater effort at “real consultation” this time? If so what improvements will be put in place in order to ensure resident’s voices are heard and that they will have real input with regards to these types of designs in the future? Offering multiple destructive options and such shoddy efforts at consultation is not acceptable.


September 5, 2016

Concerns for Park Space

Filed under: Marion and Archibald — Admin @ 4:40 pm

With rumblings of a redesign for Marion, there is also rumors of the loss of more park space. Why would this be a concern for residents?

“Green spaces such as parks and recreational areas can
have a positive effect on the value of residential properties
located close by and can generate higher tax revenues for
local governments”

“In an urban environment, green spaces increase economic benefits for the owners of surrounding homes more than green spaces in a rural environment.”…/04_research_summary.pdf

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