Downtown Climbs to New Heights: True North Square
A $400-million, mixed-use development will help connect major presences like the MTS Centre and the city’s convention centre in the downtown’s central business district. Called True North Square, four-towers will offer people hip places to live, dynamic office spaces, commercial sidewalk spaces for cafes, restaurants, jazz clubs, and a community gathering plaza for outdoor programming like concerts, pregame events, ice skating, and festivals. This will all help to create a high degree of pedestrian and vehicular connectivity, and supports the vision for downtown as being a highly-concentrated destination with a density of office workers, residents, students, employment, amenities and services.
Scotiabank Tower, a 17-storey office tower with 365,000 sq. ft. of office space, will flank the outdoor plaza. Another 24-storey building will boast 200,000 sq. ft. of space, including boutique office rooms, top-floor residential units, roof-top amenities, and restaurant/retail options. Sutton Place Hotel, with hotels already firmly rooted in Vancouver and Toronto, will venture its way into the prairies, with a 27-storey, 275-room high-rise hotel, and completing the assortment of towers will be Sutton Place Residences, standing 17-storeys high with 130 units. Both Sutton towers will share facilities like an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, spa and conference spaces. truenorthsquare.com.
“Today momentum is now such that True North has attracted high-profile partners, including Vancouver-based Northland Properties. The family-owned conglomerate, whose holdings include the Sutton Place hotel chain, will construct two towers on the secondary site of the project: Sutton Place Hotel, featuring 275 rooms, and the 130-suite Sutton Place Residences.
I think in the next 50 to 100 years, downtown Winnipeg will be more important than it’s been recently,’ said Tom Gaglardi, chairman and chief executive officer of Northland Properties.” – The Globe & Mail (Joel Schlesinger, 2016)