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Angela Brown Portage Daily Graphic
MPI has plans to expand it centre on Saskatchewan Avenue West in Portage la Prairie. A public hearing to redesignate the related property to commercial will be held May 18, 2012 in Portage.

MPI has plans to expand it centre on Saskatchewan Avenue West in Portage la Prairie. A public hearing to redesignate the related property to commercial will be held May 18, 2012 in Portage.

Manitoba Public Insurance's plan for an expansion at its Claims Centre at Saskatchewan Avenue West at Twentieth Street S.W. is raising concerns from at least one local resident.

MPI is looking at expanding its Claims Centre and increasing its parking lot size in the future.

A public hearing on the matter to redesignate the property to Commercial from Residential will be held at 12 30 pm May 18 at the Portage Planning District office where residents can voice their concerns.

Local resident Laurie Krynski has issues with the expansion.

"We get a lot of noise after hours of their people driving through," she said. "That is only going to increase."

She wants to see a buffer zone between the expanded MPI building and her family's house created. As well, she hopes to ensure her family is able to maintain their privacy with the added traffic she anticipates in the area with the expansion.

The local resident added some other residents on her street are also concerned with a potential increase in traffic.

Brian Smiley, spokesman with MPI based in Winnipeg, said the expansion is part of the MPI office's plans to provide more services from its centre on Saskatchewan Avenue West.

"When the expansion is completed, that facility will eventually be know as a Service Centre," he said. "Then, people will be able to go and do all their transactions: their insurance, having their vehicle looked at, to all their driver-licensing needs."

People will also be able to continue having their claims work done at this location, as usual.

He said eventually the office at the Provincial Building on Tupper Street in Portage will be closed and the licensing will be handled out of the MPI Centre on Saskatchewan Avenue West instead.

See more in Portage Daily Graphic.

angela.brown@sunmedia.ca


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