News / Winnipeg

Plans revealed for Exchange District renos at open house this week

Lily Street, Pacific Avenue and John Hirsch Place will see facelifts in 2016 and 2017

Concept plans for John Hirsch Place redesign by the City of Winnipeg

(Handout)

Concept plans for John Hirsch Place redesign by the City of Winnipeg

Plans are rolling ahead to expand public space in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. 

This week, city staff will unveil three concept designs for renovations on Lily Street, Pacific Avenue and John Hirsch Place.

According to the city, these redesigns for the area—located on northeast side of the district bordered by Main Street, the Red River and Bannatyne Avenue—would feature more pedestrian-friendly street infrastructure, new public art, wider sidewalks and new lighting.

For example, design plans for John Hirsch Place include a shared pedestrian-vehicle street, as well as pop-up patio and community garden space.

Construction on Lily Street and Pacific Avenue could begin as early as 2016, and 2017 for John Hirsch Place.

Members of the public are invited to see the designs during an open house at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre this Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m.

The city says improvements to the area were outlined in a 2014 engineering study.