In 2010 the City of Winnipeg, with the Province of Manitoba, announced the Downtown Residential Development Program, a three year program under the province’s Winnipeg Regeneration Strategy offering $20 million in development grants and tax incentives for the construction of downtown residential units. The program was enticing enough to allow Streetside Developments with the Qualico Group of Companies to take ownership of almost an entire block of existing buildings (seven total) in the East Exchange District. When complete, the development of this impressive acquisition will result in 150 new residential units in the downtown core.
All of the early 20th century warehouse buildings feature heavy timber construction, exposed interior masonry and metal column and beam hangers. New construction follows existing structural lines, offers open floor plans of varying square footage and large exterior windows. Construction began in 2011 at 110 James Avenue – the Ryan Brothers Building originally constructed in 1910 as a commercial refrigeration and store fixture warehouse. The successful completion of this project was awarded a Heritage Winnipeg 2014 Preservation Award of Excellence. The development at 133 Market followed shortly thereafter, with the consolidation of 130, 132 and 134 James Avenue complete in 2015. Construction on the final piece, the development of 139 and 145 Market Avenue together was completed in 2017.
Client: Streetside Developments
Typology: Multi-Family Mixed Use
Total Building Area: 149,288 sq.ft.
Status: Complete 2017
Structural: Crosier Kilgour (110 James/133 Market), KNH Sawatzky (132 James), Tower Engineering (139 Market)
Mechanical: Williams Engineering (110 James/132 James/133 Market), SMS Engineering (139 Market)
Electrical: Williams Engineering (110 James/132 James/133 Market), WSP (139 Market)
Civil: Genivar (110 James/132 James/133 Market), SMS Engineering (139 Market)
Photography: 701 Architecture and Streetside Developments
Heritage Winnipeg Preservation Award of Excellence 2014: Residential Conversion for 110 James Avenue
Heritage Winnipeg Preservation Award of Excellence 2015: Residential Conversion for 132 James Avenue