Southwood Circle will grow and transform the University of Manitoba campus into a world-leading “UniverCity” where 65,000 people will live, work, study or play. It will be Manitoba’s first complete campus community and the largest residential mixed-use infill project ever embarked on in this city.
FOCUSED ON A TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE
This complete, mixed-use community is part of the University of Manitoba’s plan to become a more integral part of Winnipeg’s urban fabric. The development is driven by a clear vision, mission and values, all focused on a triple bottom line.
By building new places to live, work, shop and dine, Southwood Circle will invite the Winnipeg community into the campus. The campus will come alive seven days a week, all through the year – not just when classes are underway. People of all ages and backgrounds will have more opportunity to enjoy the wide array of university amenities – including some of the city’s best facilities for sports, fitness, recreation, entertainment and lifelong learning.
Land rental revenues will help fund the University of Manitoba academic mission, further strengthening the university’s societal benefits. The community will create financial advantages for residents, too. Almost everything they need will be within walking distance, so they can spend less on gas and vehicles, and more on the important things in life.
Southwood Circle aims to become one of the most sustainable new developments in Canada. This community will have it all: Renewable energy. Rapid transit. Old growth forest. Compact, pedestrian-centric design. High standards for building sustainability. As the community develops, it will also support a living-lab for data gathering and research, leading to continuous improvement in future phases and knowledge that can be shared and applied to other communities.
AN EXCEPTIONAL SITE
Few other infill developments can match Southwood Circle’s location, just a 5-minute walk from the core campus and bus rapid transit. Previously Winnipeg’s oldest golf course, the land has extensive old-growth forest that will be preserved by the community master plan, as well as 1 km of waterfront that will be developed into public parkland. All of these features will be connected by an extensive network of active transportation routes.
The existing on-site population provides substantial energy to support new residential and retail. About 40,000 people come to the university core campus every day. The daytime population of the nearby Smartpark technology transfer community is 1,500, and will double to 3,000 within the next 10 years.
- Site-Specific Secondary Plan approved January 2021
- Subdivision and Zoning approved July 21, 2022
- Phase 1 Servicing Construction 2024
- Phase 1 Sites Ready for Construction Start 2024
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