A re-elected NDP government promises to re-develop several downtown parking lots to make room for housing and retail space.
Premier Greg Selinger made that announcement today, his first on the re-election campaign trail.
He says the parking lots themselves are very attractive for those who want to invest.
“We’ve been talking to lots of organizations. They want to be here. For example, there’s a real interest in having more grocery stores downtown. They know that when we’re doing things that bring more people to live downtown, that means there’s a greater demand for groceries.”
Nine surface lots are either owned by the province or Crown corporations and Selinger said he is open to any proposals.
“We would take our assets called parking lots and convert them into things that will make downtown denser, more dynamic, more populated, and more economically vital.”
The formal election campaign will begin in March with Manitobans heading to the polls in April.