(Source: Winnipeg Sun)

A planned North Kildonan apartment complex expansion has cleared its last municipal hurdle, defeating an appeal by residents who had fought the project from the beginning.

The decision yesterday by city hall’s appeals committee to allow Vancouver-based Devonshire Properties to approximately double the size of its Edgewood Estates means a green light for construction of two towers of 22 storeys and 15 storeys along the Red River on Whellams Lane.

“It’s going to be a good project for the area,” Coun. Gord Steeves (St. Vital) told the Winnipeg Sun after the hearing, noting the city’s dire need for new apartments. “People have to understand that not everybody can afford to live in a house.”

As they have for about a year, dozens of opponents — tenants of Edgewood’s two existing 17- and 12-storey buildings, and owners of nearby houses — told Steeves and the committee’s other two councillors that the $50-million expansion will dangerously increase traffic, reduce their homes’ values and cut their area’s riverbank green space.

Read Ross Romaniuk’s full article “Builder wins bid for apartment towers” in the Winnipeg Sun (September 12, 2009).

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