True North Square

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True North Square
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True North Square is located in Winnipeg
True North Square
Location in Winnipeg
General information
StatusUnder construction
TypePublic square, Hotel, Condominium, Office, Retail
Location220 Carlton St.
225 Carlton St.
242 Hargrave St.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Coordinates49°53′29″N 97°08′40″W / 49.891299°N 97.144488°W / 49.891299; -97.144488Coordinates: 49°53′29″N 97°08′40″W / 49.891299°N 97.144488°W / 49.891299; -97.144488
Construction started2015 (2015)
Estimated completion2020 (2020)
OwnerTrue North Sports & Entertainment
James Richardson & Sons
Technical details
Floor count17 (tower 1)
24 (tower 2)
27 (tower 3)
17 (tower 4)
Grounds2 acres (0.81 ha)
Design and construction
ArchitectPerkins and Will
Architecture49
Main contractorPCL Construction
Website
www.truenorthsquare.com

True North Square is a public plaza and series of multi-use towers currently under construction in Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It is a joint venture between James Richardson & Sons and True North Sports & Entertainment (TNSE). True North Square is situated between Bell MTS Place and RBC Convention Centre, in the city's unofficial sports and entertainment district.[1]

Development[edit]

Plans for a new square were revealed when TNSE confirmed its purchase of the former Carlton Inn site from CentureVenture Development Corporation in June 2015. At the same time, TNSE negotiated an agreement to acquire the land at 225 Carlton Street from Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Corporation. The full details for the $400-million CAD project were unveiled in February 2016. The City of Winnipeg has directed $17.6 million towards the project, which includes funding for the plaza as well as integrating True North Square into Winnipeg's existing skywalk network.[2] The Provincial Government also has committed $9 million in funding towards the project.[1][3]

Features[edit]

Public plaza[edit]

True North Square Plaza will encompass two acres south of Graham Avenue, between Hargrave and Carlton Streets. The public park and plaza feature an outdoor stage and a skating rink during the winter months.[3][1] The plaza opened in September, 2018.

Towers[edit]

Tower One, to be named Scotiabank Tower, is a 17-floor office building located immediately west of the plaza at 242 Hargrave Street. The tower offers approximately 365,000 square feet of office space and houses Scotiabank's new regional head office, as well as locally based law firm Thompson Dorfman Sweatman and technology company Ceridian.[4] Tower One was completed in 2018.[1]

Tower Two will be adjacent to the plaza at 225 Carlton Street. The 24-floor building will feature 200,000 square feet of commercial and residential space. It is scheduled for completion in 2019.[3][5]

The Sutton Place Hotel will occupy the 27-floor Tower Three at 220 Carlton Street. The hotel will be built on the site of the former Carlton Inn, which was purchased and demolished by the city in 2014. The hotel is set for completion in 2020.[3][5]

Tower Four is a 17-floor residential building planned for completion in 2020.[3][5]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "True North confirms it will buy downtown land to build True North Square". CBC News. September 29, 2015.
  2. ^ "Winnipeg city council approves True North Square tax rebates". CBC News. March 22, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Plans for True North Square revealed". Winnipeg Sun. February 24, 2016.
  4. ^ "True North Square announces Ceridian as newest tenant of 242 Hargrave". True North Sports + Entertainment. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  5. ^ a b c "Winnipeg's True North Square features four mixed-use towers". CTV News. February 26, 2016.