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Times Change(d) won't see wrecking ball

The iconic club is part of a three building block on Main that was granted heritage status by Winnipeg City Council Wednesday.

Culture, not hotels? The Times Change(d) club won't face a wrecking ball anytime soon.

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Culture, not hotels? The Times Change(d) club won't face a wrecking ball anytime soon.

Wrecking balls won’t be swinging against three historic south Main Street buildings. 

City council voted unanimously Wednesday to designate the MacDonald Block, Winnipeg Hotel and Fortune Block— home of the iconic Times Change(d) High and Lonesome club — with heritage status. 

Doing so saves the properties from demolition, which was a fate proposed by a Toronto-based hotel developer in order to make way for the construction of a $35-million hotel. 

“This is a signifiant moment that we’re designating these buildings,” area Coun. Jenny Gerbasi told Wednesday’s council. 

“Many places in the world are losing these unique venues that make their cities special.” 

Coun. John Orlikow said having an out-of-town developer interested in spending millions in our city was a welcome sight, and an indication Winnipeg was a "world-class" centre.

However, protecting heritage buildings needs to be a top priority, he said. 

“I do get a real big sense of pride when I drive down that street,” Orlikow said. 

“It automatically brings me back to a time when Winnipeg was a Chicago of the North. That is our heritage. That is our soul.”

Local businessman John Pollard had previously offered to purchase these buildings from their current owners, and restore them to their 19th century state. 

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