Carlton Inn demolition underway in downtown Winnipeg

Demolition crews have begun tearing down the Carlton Inn building in downtown Winnipeg this weekend.
Crews work on demolishing the Carlton Inn building in downtown Winnipeg on Sunday. (Tamara Pimentel/CBC)

Demolition crews have begun tearing down the Carlton Inn building in downtown Winnipeg this weekend.

CentreVenture, an arm's-length agency of the City of Winnipeg, bought the Carlton Street building last year and said it would demolish it and replace it with a new hotel complex.

The downtown development agency has been working on transforming the area into a massive sports, hospitality and entertainment district (SHED).

The 11-block district would encompass the MTS Centre, the Winnipeg Convention Centre, the Metropolitan Theatre, the Burton Cummings Theatre and a hotel complex that's under construction on Portage Avenue.

CentreVenture also bought the St. Regis Hotel on Smith Street as part of its downtown revitalization plan.