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Steinbach North responds to demand

Work set to begin on commercial lots, intersection project

By: Grant Burr

Posted: 07/26/2017 1:00 PM

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Bob Schinkel and Jean Klassen of Schinkel Properties, one of several entities involved in the Steinbach Land Holdings development group, talk with Royal Lepage listing agent Mike Fast on the service road, just north of Big Freight Wednesday morning. Work is getting underway on a 17-lot commercial subdivision, billed as the Steinbach North business park, as well as a new intersection to connect the development to Highway 12.

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Bob Schinkel and Jean Klassen of Schinkel Properties, one of several entities involved in the Steinbach Land Holdings development group, talk with Royal Lepage listing agent Mike Fast on the service road, just north of Big Freight Wednesday morning. Work is getting underway on a 17-lot commercial subdivision, billed as the Steinbach North business park, as well as a new intersection to connect the development to Highway 12.

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Drivers will, in the not so distant future, have a bit of a different view as they enter Steinbach from Highway 12 North.

Equipment was moving into place on Wednesday morning and work expected to begin in short order to start construction of the Steinbach North business park on the west side of the highway, a commercial subdivision project by Steinbach Land Holdings.

The first phase will involve the development of seven commercial lots, said Bob Schinkel of Schinkel Properties, one member of the larger Steinbach Land Holdings development group.

Development of a second and third phase will eventually stretch the development from its starting point, across the highway from Trucks Unlimited, south to its neighbour Big Freight.

Work on road access to the highway is set to begin immediately too. Eventually plans for the intersection include the installation of traffic lights, though Schinkel suggested that would occur at a later stage, as commercial lots are developed and traffic increases.

He said the province’s highways department is supporting half of the Highway 12 access costs through PST revenue, while developers will pay the remainder.

Work on the access points and the first phase is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Following the future completion of all three phases, a further 48 acres remain available as part of the master plan for the project.

Schinkel said developers are hopeful to land some sort of retail component, musing that an automobile or implement dealership would be attractive options.

Royal Lepage listing agent Mike Fast said there’s been interest from both inside and outside Steinbach for new commercial properties that provide greater visibility through highway frontage.

"We’re excited to offer new commercial lots. There’s been a ton of pent up demand," Fast said.

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