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Merchants Corner

Urban and Inner City Studies


UIC Chair Jim Silver elated about the first section of the Merch coming down

UIC Chair Jim Silver elated about the first section of the Merch coming down (image courtesy of Holly Enns)

First building of the Merch comes down

First building of the Merch comes down (image courtesy of Holly Enns)

Elder Stella Blackbird and UWSA Vice President Kevin Settee taking a swing at the old Merch

Elder Stella Blackbird and UWSA Vice President Kevin Settee taking a swing at the old Merch (image courtesy of Holly Enns)

UIC student Brandy McRae takes a swing at the old Merch

UIC student Brandy McRae takes a swing at the old Merch (image courtesy of Holly Enns)

Elder Stan McKay speaks at the demolition ceremony

Elder Stan McKay speaks at the demolition ceremony (image courtesy of Holly Enns)

UWinnipeg President Annette Trimbee speaks at the demolition ceremony

UWinnipeg President Annette Trimbee speaks at the demolition ceremony (image courtesy of Holly Enns)

Community member sings in front of the community chalkboard at the Merch

Community member sings in front of the community chalkboard at the Merch (image courtesy of Holly Enns)

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On Wednesday, September 16th 2015 the North End community celebrated at the Demolition Ceremony for the notorious Merchants Hotel. The redevelopment of Merchants Corner is led by a community-based steering group that includes broad stakeholder and resident input. The mixed-use housing and education project is guided by the principles of community economic development and respect for Indigenous culture.

The provincial government, through Manitoba Housing and Community Development, has committed more than $15 million towards the project. The community continues to raise $3.7 million to go towards capital costs, technology infrastructure and training spaces within the complex including a community kitchen and social enterprise café.

The space will be shared by the University of Winnipeg’s Department of Urban & Inner-City Studies, CEDA-Pathways to Education's after-school program designed to encourage and motivate inner-city and Frontier College's pre-school literacy programs. For more information click here the merch. To view photos of the development click here flickr.  

"the Merch" in the news:

Demolition begins at old Merchants Hotel in North End (video)

Break on through to the other side

Winnipeg Is: The Merchants

Prince Charles supporting renewal of Winnpeg's Selkirk Avenue (video)