High-end fashion mall asks city to make bike-parking exception
Outlet Collection Winnipeg wants to create one third the bike stalls normally required by zoning rules
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.
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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.
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.