New communities and todays workforce require child care, said Eric Vogan, vice-president of community development, Qualico
. The province created a solution to help advance this project and we look forward to opening day.
In essence, Qualico is returning much of Assiniboine Landing to the prairie landscape of 150 years ago: the contour of the land has not been bulldozed flat, the 18 acres of hardwood forest and tree shelterbelts of maples, ash, basswood and oak are protected in public reserve and the riverbank will be maintained in its natural state.
Mike Scatliff of Scatliff+Miller+Murray Landscape Architects concurs, "You can't give Qualico enough credit for having taken this bold step and making this commitment.
Qualico's vision for the property is described in its Community Development Guidelines.
The Rural Municipality of Headingley was pleased to accommodate Qualico's ideas, as it is very supportive of this kind of sustainable development.
Once Assiniboine Landing is fully developed, Qualico will have created a neighbourhood in Headingley that is much lower in cost to administer and maintain.
Qualico is also restricting the use of fencing, with no fencing allowed within 6 m (20') of the rear property line of public reserve lots, and no fencing within 24.5 m (80') of the rear property line of river lots.
Several years ago the Urban Development Institute of Manitoba, of which Qualico is a member, asked the City of Winnipeg to consider alternate storm water drainage methods to the traditional pipe and pond system.
"We're hoping, based on pre-sales activity, that we would start construction on the first building sometime in the fall," said Qualico Headwaters manager Barry Hedgecock.
This past spring, Qualico began advertising Headwaters on billboards around Winnipeg.
He wouldn't divulge Qualico's threshold of pre-sales before breaking ground on the first two buildings, but so far, he claims 300 people have registered on the website.
Last fall, the city and Qualico staged a blessing of the site by the First Nations community with an official sod-turning to kick off the infrastructure work and clean up of debris and dead trees.