Ground was broken today on the immediate Brandon area’s soon-to-be first urban reserve development site.
After what’s said to be more than two years of preparation between Gambler First Nation, the City of Brandon and Indigenous Services Canada development is to commence on a multi-million dollar business park development to the Northeast of the intersection of 18th street North and Clare Avenue. When complete the area will include a hotel, entertainment centre, gas bar, convenience store, commercial rental units, office complex and medical centre.
At the event it was said that the land is in final stages to become Manitoba’s 11th to have urban reserve status. In a press release this afternoon issued in conjunction with the ceremony its been said that there has already been significant interest in leasing and partnership opportunities with infrastructure development to begin this spring.
The City and Gambler first announced just over a year ago that they had entered into a municipal development and service agreement. Included is the purchase of city services from Brandon with the City also receiving revenue through development charges.
Gambler First Nation, located just West of Binscarth, has a registered population of 239 people.
A conceptual rendering of the development site as well as a map showing the location can be seen below: