WINNIPEG – The ribbon was cut to officially open the Downtown Commons today, a 14-storey, 102-unit building at 320 Colony.
The building, located across the street from the Winnipeg Art Gallery, features 38 market suites as well as 46 provincially designated affordable housing units set aside for students and their families.
31 are for uWinnipeg students, the other 15 for immigrant student families.
“Downtown Commons were very excited to have newcomers as some of their tenants here,” said Codi Guenther of New Journey Housing, which helps new families. “And that excitement carried through in their efforts to make all these families feel very welcome to their new home. We were able to set up meetings with interpreters to go over leases, condition reports, and other important information.”
The $31-million project was helped along by loan guarantees from the province and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. It is also supported by a joint city/province tax increment worth roughly $2.5-million over 15 years.