Manitoba

High-end fashion mall asks city to make bike-parking exception

The fashion-outlet mall planned for the former Tuxedo Yards is asking the city to waive a requirement to create one bicycle-parking space for every 10 motor vehicle stalls.

Outlet Collection Winnipeg wants to create one third the bike stalls normally required by zoning rules

An artist's rendering of Outlet Collection Winnipeg, slated to open at the northwest corner of Sterling Lyon Parkway and Kenaston Boulevard in 2017. (Courtesy Ivanhoe Cambridge)

The fashion-outlet mall planned for the former Tuxedo Yards is asking the city to waive a requirement to create one bicycle-parking space for every 10 motor vehicle stalls.

Montreal-based developer Ivanhoe Cambridge is in the midst of building Outlet Collection Winnipeg, a 90-store enclosed mall at the northwest corner of Sterling Lyon Parkway and Kenaston Boulevard. The mall is part of a larger development called Outlet of Seasons, which is slated to include two car dealerships, a hotel and residential units.

The developer broke ground at the site in 2015. Specific plans for the development are now winding their way through city hall.

On Wednesday, city council's Board of Adjustment — a body made up of appointees, not elected officials — will consider a request to create 80 bicycle-parking spaces instead of the 231 required by the Winnipeg Zoning Bylaw, a rulebook that governs development outside downtown.

That rulebook usually requires commercial developments to create one bike stall for every 10 spots for cars. The size of the mall suggests it should have 2,310 parking stalls for motor vehicles.

High-end fashion mall asks city to make bike-parking exception

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The fashion-outlet mall planned for the former Tuxedo Yards is asking the city to waive a requirement to create one bicycle-parking space for every 10 motor vehicle stalls. 1:03

In a report to the board, city planner Devin Clark said Winnipeg's urban planning division is prepared to waive this requirement, provided a review of bicycle-parking needs is conducted two years after the mall opens.

"The applicant has indicated that should more bicycle parking spaces be required at a future date, they would be willing to install more," Clark writes in the report.​

Ivanhoe Cambridge vice-president Sebastien Theberge said in a statement that the developer "will not hesitate" to add more bike-parking spots "should we notice that there is a regular need for more than 80 spaces for bicycles."

The company is working with Winnipeg Transit to improve bus service to the site, he added.

The 400,000-square-foot mall is slated to open in 2017. A 32,000-square-foot Saks First Avenue Off 5th store was announced as an anchor tenant in 2015. Other stores listed on a site plan last year — but not confirmed by the developer — include J. Crew, Reebok and Brooks Brothers.

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Bartley Kives

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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.

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