Manitoba

Singer Tom Jackson pitches housing complex for Winnipeg

Entertainer Tom Jackson is proposing to build a 16-storey housing complex in Winnipeg

Entertainer Tom Jackson is proposing to build a 16-storey housing complex in Winnipeg.

His company, Dreamcatcher Housing, has applied for development approval with city officials.

The plan calls for 120 residential units on the upper floors and offices and retail spaces on the first few floors.

The complex would be at 221 Stradbrook Ave., near Fort Rouge Park. It would sit on land adjacent to the Winnipeg Winter Club on River Avenue.

Jackson is a popular Canadian singer and actor who is also known for his philanthropy. He was born in Saskatchewan, on the One Arrow First Nation south of Prince Albert.

Jackson, who is Métis, also has deep connections to Winnipeg where he experienced street life and launched his music career.

He also starred in the CBC television drama North of 60.

The Winnipeg complex will require approval for rezoning the land, which could take several months.

The first public hearing on the proposal before a planning committee is set for Dec. 8.

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