Sport Manitoba wins appeal in facility parking lot dispute

Sport Manitoba officials are relieved after a Winnipeg council committee sided with the organization in a dispute over the planned expansion of the Sport for Life Centre.

Winnipeg city planners had concerns with surface parking lot in design

The Qualico Training Centre, which will be an addition to the Sport for Life Centre in downtown Winnipeg, will feature a multi-use court space, an indoor running track, strength and cardio centres. (Courtesy Sport Manitoba)

Sport Manitoba officials are relieved after a Winnipeg council committee sided with the organization in a dispute over the planned expansion of the Sport for Life Centre.

City planners took issue with part of the design for the 120,000-square-foot addition to the building, located on Pacific Avenue in the city's Exchange District.

The concerns were related to a surface parking lot in the plan. Planners wanted the lot redesigned to have more "connection" to the street.

Sport Manitoba, which appealed the city planners' ruling, argued that the entire project would be stopped in its tracks if its design is not approved.

On Monday morning, the city's downtown committee agreed with Sport Manitoba's appeal and allowed the project to go ahead with the parking lot as is.

The $23-million build-out extension, to be named the Qualico Training Centre, will house a multi-use court space, fitness facilities, a running track and other sports amenities.

Organizers plan to have the facility ready as a venue for the Canada Summer Games in 2017.