REGINA – A heated debate took place in city council over the proposed Tower Crossing Development on Monday night. Council ultimately voted six to three to move forward with the project proposed by SCR Holdings.
Items discussed included water pressure, sewage, the retail impact, and how the development will act as an eastern gateway to the city.
SCR plans on developing the area between Victoria and Dewdney Avenues and extending out to Tower Road as a mixed commercial and residential area.
Before anything is done, water pressure issues in the city’s east end will have to be addressed. SCR will be responsible for any new water and sewage infrastructure.
The retail impact analysis also proved to be a contentious issue. A report commissioned by SCR pegged future retail demand at 1.8 million square feet. However, other reports have projected future demand as low as 800,000 square feet.
Mayor Michael Fougere said while there are issues to work out, it is important to look at this development as the long term plan it is.
“This is a 25 year proposal of growth,” said Fougere. “No one’s saying it’s going to be done in five years or ten years; they’re saying it’s over a 25 year period. That capacity will be absorbed within the larger Regina market place. So [administration] said under the conditions of the recommendation to go forward.”
“I’m not sure that we’ll be able to work these things out,” said Ward 2 Councillor Bob Hawkins. “I would rather get them worked out in advance and then approve the project, rather than just approve the project on a hope and a prayer.”
Other Councillors who opposed the approval were Shawn Fraser and Sharron Bryce.
This is a secondary development plan, so physical work on Tower Crossing is still some time away.