I could have titled this post “West Industrial Lands Secondary Plan”, but I opted for the sexier “Global Transportation Hub”. That’s the umbrella term for the development that’s occuring out by the airport that will see CPR move it’s multi-modal facility from it’s current location on a 20-acre chunk of land between the Warehouse District and Downtown to a new 300-acre site west of the city. As part of the same development, Loblaws is building a one million square foot warehouse to service stores throughout the prairie provinces.

We’ll have more on this initiative in an upcoming issue of prairie dog. But August 31 from 5-8 p.m. there’s an information session at Dieppe Elementary School (145 Dorothy St.) to enable the public to review plans for the future development of a 3280 acre chunk of agricultural land in the area that was annexed from the RM of Sherwood in 2008.

As a stand-alone project, the GTH is huge, requiring significant investment by the feds, province and city to upgrade transportation infrastructure in and around Regina. It will also open up planning opportunities in Regina itself in the area bounded by Albert and Broad St. on the west and east, and Dewdney Ave and Sask Drive on the north and south. If a decision is made to build a new football stadium, it will most likely go on that site. High density residential housing, and improved connections between the Downtown and Warehouse District are other planned benefits.

Redevelopment of the old Superstore site on Dewdney & Albert is also part of the mix. The existing building is now known as Regina Centre Crossing, while an article in today’s Leader-Post mentions that plans in the works to build a new Four Points Sheraton Hotel on the north-east corner of the current parking lot.  Here’s a link to that story.