City of Regina announces proposed plans for Orr Centre Development

As the former Orr Centre gets torn down, the City of Regina is already planning for what goes there next.

The designated area located at the corner of 4th Avenue and Lewvan Drive already has a proposal from the city that includes restaurants, a gas station, office space and an educational institution.

City Councillor Mike O’Donnell said after Western High School and Bible College closed, this opportunity opened for the city.

“Now we have a large opportunity in terms of space,” O’Donnell said. “Rosemont, Mount Royal area, north central just to the other side, doesn’t have a whole lot of services right there, this could become a nice hub for someone to get some food, someone to go to a drug store, someone to go to a bank, or something.”

O’Donnell said while a strip mall just down the street has become a main stay, he remains hopeful this can still help residents in the Rosemont and North Central areas.

“I’m hoping that what we see on the corner of Lewvan and 4th is some additions to that that will bring more services and help people to live in a nice, little community.”

However, some residents have already voiced concern with the proposal slated for the corner of 4th Avenue and Lewvan Drive.

Vice-chair of the Rosemont Mount Royal Community Association Alex Tkach said the community has concerns over parking and traffic in the area.

“Already, the traffic is a problem, so any increase in traffic is only going to be compunding something that is already an issue,” Tkach said.

“There’s problems with the parking lot on Connaught Street — a street that’s already been pre-destroyed and pretty chewed up – if you’re going to do a brand new development, it’s likely going to do more even damage to that street, so then when is that going to get repaired? And who needs to pay for that to get repaired?”

Residents will be able to submit their feedback until March 10th, including at an open house slated for March 3rd at St. James Anglican Church from 5-8 PM.

City staff are also reviewing the project, and would require city council approval before moving forward.

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