The relocation of Canadian Pacific Railway’s intermodal facility has freed up 17.5 acres (7 ha) of brownfield land for redevelopment. This site was once was a focal point in Regina around which industrial districts, neighbourhoods and downtown were developed. Now vacant, the Railyard site offers a fresh opportunity to create a vibrant city centre that will complement both the Warehouse District and Downtown.
The City of Regina acquired the Railyard site from Canadian Pacific Railway (CP Rail) in 2012, setting the stage for a redevelopment process that will unfold over the next 10-15 years. As the Railyard site redevelops, the main rail line, an interchange line, wye interchange and servicing area – all owned by CP Rail – will remain in operation.
The Railyard site has now been cleared of surface railway and intermodal infrastructure. Given the Railyard site’s prime location, a range of uses are being considered for redevelopment, including employment, residential, commercial and entertainment.
Before it can be redeveloped, the Railyard site will require some environmental clean-up and new infrastructure to support new uses and accommodate intensification. Remediation will occur when there is opportunity to consider such factors as type, location, and estimated amount of environmental contamination and type of proposed development (i.e. non-residential versus residential) in order to then devise a corrective action plan and remediation strategy (i.e. remove (before or during development) or manage in place, etc.).
History of the Railyard site
Regina’s road grid, its commercial and wholesale districts and even the green space evolved based on the location of the main rail line. The railroad arrived in Regina in 1882 and the Railyard itself began to take shape by the early 1900s. The famous 1912 tornado caused serious damage to the Railyard, along with many buildings in the Warehouse District. Countless structures, including the Regina Roundhouse, had to be rebuilt.
As railroad operations continued through the mid-20th century, the Railyard served as the primary location where goods moved between trains and trucks. By the 1970s, much of Regina’s economic activity had shifted away from the city centre to the city’s edges. In 1990, Union Station closed to passenger rail traffic and was eventually converted into Casino Regina.
The City of Regina purchased the Railyard site from CP Rail in 2012.