Funding from all three levels of government will see a stretch of land in the Warehouse District get a makeover.
The federal, provincial and municipal governments announced in Regina Friday morning $33.6 million for the Regina Railyard Renewal Project, which will see 17.5 acres of land along Dewdney Avenue transformed into a new neighbourhood in the downtown.
The project is expected to bring more housing options, as well as green space, as well as entertainment and other business opportunities, with the ultimate goal being to make Dewdney a safe and pedestrian area with a lot of commercial activity.
“As you see alot of cities across North America and around the world now, that downtown is starting to spread out,” said Minister of Government Relations, Warren Kaeding. “Anytime you can help revitalize downtown and bring people back downtown, it’s a good direction.”
The land has been vacant for a number of years, dating back to when Canadian Pacific Railway vacated the site for the Global Transportation Hub.
As to what goes on the land, Mayor Michael Fougere stated council will see a concept plan on this next year, although what could be constructed in the area is still to be determined.
“It could be anything from a hockey rink to baseball diamonds to restaurants to libraries, who knows what could be here,” he said. “The idea is that council will not dictates themselves what it will be, it’s the community that says what they want.”