Manitoba

EPC narrowly denies Crescentwood condo project

City council's executive policy committee narrowly rejected a Crescentwood condo project that the developer has attempted to portray as ideal infill.

Mayor decries developer's behaviour but supports infill development anyway

Tim Comack of Ventura Developments (left) waits to see whether Coun. John Orlikow and the rest of executive policy committee approves his condo project planned for an empty lot in Crescentwood. (Bartley Kives/CBC)

City council's executive policy committee narrowly rejected a Crescentwood condo project that the developer has attempted to portray as ideal infill.

The executive policy committee voted 4-3 Wednesday to deny Ventura Developments the opportunity to build a four-storey, 12-unit condo building on vacant land at the southeast corner of Harrow Street and McMillan Avenue.

City planners support the project, but both council's city centre community committee and the property and development committee denied the project.

At EPC, Mayor Brian Bowman chided Ventura vice-president Tim Comack for attempting to lobby councillors to vote in favour of his project, but supported the condos nonetheless. So did councillors Marty Morantz (Charleswood-Tuxedo) and Scott Gillingham (St. James-Brooklands).

Area councillor John Orlikow (River Heights-Fort Garry) and councillors Brian Mayes (St. Vital), Cindy Gilroy (Daniel McIntyre) and Mike Pagtakhan (Point Douglas) opposed the project.

Orlikow, who also lives two blocks from the proposed development, decried what he called an aggressive lobbying effort after the city centre community committee initially denied the project in November.

"People should not be lobbying us," said Orlikow, accusing Comack of attempting to subvert the democratic process by taking out newspaper ads and convincing commentators in the media to opine in his favour.

"I won't be intimidated by [people] saying you're NIMBY if you don't approve this," Orlikow said. "I'm not intimidated. People can call me what they want."

Orlikow said the proposed development is too much for the neighbourhood and is better suited to a denser neighbourhood, such as Osborne Village.

The project now moves on to council on Dec. 14.

About the Author

Bartley Kives

Reporter, CBC Manitoba

Reporter Bartley Kives joined CBC Manitoba in 2016. Prior to that, he spent three years at the Winnipeg Sun and 18 at the Winnipeg Free Press, writing about politics, music, food and outdoor recreation. He's the author of the Canadian bestseller A Daytripper's Guide to Manitoba: Exploring Canada's Undiscovered Province and co-author of both Stuck in the Middle: Dissenting Views of Winnipeg and Stuck In The Middle 2: Defining Views of Manitoba. His work has also appeared in publications such as the Guardian and Explore magazine.