A Steinbach company is currently the primary candidate for the purchase of the John Blumberg golf course.
Alan Klippenstein is Director of Real Estate Development at Schinkel Properties. He says they have just learned that they are the prime applicants for requests for proposals (RFPs) for the purchase of the golf course at Headingley.
“We’re super excited,” he says. “On the moon right now.”
So what does a Steinbach business with a city of Winnipeg owned golf course want? According to Klippenstein, Schinkel Properties has a bunch of other developments in Headingley. He notes that they know this area very well.
“This plot is a once in a lifetime opportunity”, adds Klippenstein.
If the sale is successful, Klippenstein says they will create a mixed-use development, consisting of commercial, multi-family, and 339 single-family lots. He notes that they worked with the Rural Municipality of Headingley to create this concept.
“What really gets us excited about this development is simply the emphasis on active transportation,” Klippenstein explains.
He says the goal of the development is to maximize walking and running trails in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter. More than 13,000 feet of hiking trails are planned. He adds that the Assiniboine River is a spectacular backdrop and that they intend to present the shoreline for recreational purposes.
“We actually designed this to have over 36 acres of green space in this development along our walking trails,” he says. “We are really excited about the opportunity of what we could bring here and the vision we have for this community.”
If the sale goes through, it will only include the golf course and not the soccer fields or softball complex. Klippenstein says the golf course is owned by the City of Winnipeg, which is trying to sell it because it is no longer financially viable. The soccer fields and softball complex are operated by the Rural Municipality of Headingley.
As mentioned, the tendering process has been completed and the City of Winnipeg Procurement Office has recommended Schinkel Properties to Winnipeg City Council. It will now be up to Winnipeg City Council to make its decision. Klippenstein says they are meeting with Winnipeg City Council next week.
“We very much hope to get the necessary votes to proceed with the sale,” he said. “Then we would start working directly with the RM of Headingley, as it would come under their jurisdiction. “
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Below is the development plan presented by Schinkel Properties.