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Building on the success of the MTS Centre, CentreVenture, the City of Winnipeg, the Province of Manitoba, other downtown agencies, and the private sector have been working on a strategy to create the Sports, Hospitality and Entertainment District (The SHED) as a focal point along Portage Avenue.
The area encompasses 11-blocks, and is undergoing a significant transformation into a vibrant, urban mixed-use district which capitalizes on the increasing sports, hospitality and entertainment venues in the area.
Principal venues within The SHED include the MTS Centre, the expanded RBC Convention Centre, and Burton Cummings Theatre. New significant developments in the district include the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, Centre Point (including Groupe Germain’s ALT Hotel and GlassHouse Condos), and the planned True North Square.
Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries has announced its new head office location along Graham Avenue on the edge of the SHED. The transformation of Graham Avenue which runs through the SHED is envisaged as a vibrant pedestrian-scale retail street, complementing its place as a critical corridor in the Winnipeg’s growing rapid transit network.
In addition to the private investment taking place in The SHED, a range of public realm enhancements are planned and currently underway to create the vibrant atmosphere envisioned for the District. Key enhancements include:
- upgrades to the street lighting, illuminated iconic elements, and public art
- widening and upgrading of sidewalks for an improved pedestrian environment
- improved street furnishings and enhanced signage
- facade and storefront improvements
- retail recruitment activities
CentreVenture is able to finance the public realm enhancements in the SHED thanks to The City of Winnipeg and The Province of Manitoba through their provision of TIF (tax increment financing). The incremental property taxes from new development projects in the District are being reinvested back in the District through the use of TIF.
The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is providing critical animation and operating support for the SHED through their safety, cleanliness, and events programming funded through BIZ levies and corporate support. Other community partners like Nuit Blanche, The Delta Hotel, The MET, CityPlace, the RBC Convention Centre, and the MTS Centre are driving traffic to the District through their ongoing activities.
Winnipeg's Sports, Hospitality and Entertainment District (The SHED) is really taking shape. If you would like to learn more about the SHED vision, its guiding principles, and core strategies please read our detailed district planning document.
Big Changes in the Exchange Waterfront Neighbourhood
This summer, with funding support from The Province of Manitoba and The City of Winnipeg, CentreVenture is making great strides in the Exchange Waterfront Neighbourhood Development Plan (EWNDP). See the before and after transformation of Bertha Street below and when you get a chance take a stroll down John Hirsch Way. These enhancements are in support of this growing residential neighbourhood in downtown Winnipeg. Thanks to our partners, Winnipeg Public Works and the Exchange District BIZ. Stay tuned for announcements about upcoming consultations on Phase Two of The Plan.