January 15, 2021
CTV News: ‘The clock is ticking’: Community calls for historic Rubin Block to get a new lease on life
A Winnipeg building built more than 100-years-ago has sat vacant for more than half a decade. Advocates are calling on the owners to give the shuttered building a second lease on life, and want the city to step in and make it happen.
The Rubin Block sits at the corner of Morley Avenue and Osborne Street. While it is now empty and boarded up – many in the community see its potential as a way to revitalize the community and use its 21 apartments and retail space to provide affordable housing in the city.
“It’s a very important block on the corner of Morley and Osborne to the community, to South Osborne,” said Cindy Tugwell, the executive director of Heritage Winnipeg, one of the groups that have been advocating for the building for nearly five years.
“There’s also a great need for affordable housing in that area.”
While Tugwell said the Rubin Block holds the potential for affordable housing in South Osborne, it also holds historical significance in the city.
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