Winnipeg International Airport (U of M Archives and Special Collection - Tribune)
The debate continues over the fate of the old airport terminal.
Terry MacLeod spoke with Arni Thorsteinson, President of Shelter Canadian Properties on Information Radio on October 13th. He says he would like a crack at re-purposing the building. Some of his ideas include heated underground parking, housing the Red River Community College Aviation Program as well as the Western Canada Aviation Museum.
On Up to Speed on October 12th, Larry Updike spoke with Brent Bellamy, senior design architect for Number Ten Architectural Group. They discussed why people connect with certain heritage buildings. Bellamy pointed out that the old airport terminal is part of our culture as a city. "All Winnipegers can picture themselves at the bottom of that escalator watching a loved one come down. That's a significant collective moment we all share IN a piece of architecture."
Our poll shows more people would like to see the building torn down. You still have the chance to weigh in. The poll will be up until Tuesday.
Here is our earlier report on the subject of the old airport terminal:
Christine Alongi works for the Winnipeg Airports Authority.
She says " We first tried to put out an expression of interest to the community to see if anybody had any thoughts on re-use. We had nothing that was sustainable that came back."
Here is her conversation with Terry MacLeod on Information Radio: