In 2016, SvN began working with All Saints Anglican Church in Winnipeg to examine the potential of developing housing on the Church site. The intent of housing was to bring financial support to the four resident congregations and to make a contribution to the West Broadway neighbourhood. The Church sits at the corner of Broadway Avenue and Osborne Street in downtown Winnipeg and is a key participant in the urban neighborhood. SvN secured CMHC Seed Funding for the Church to study the options for housing development, how to best integrate the West Broadway neighbourhood; and how to partner with the University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation.
In the spring of 2019, The West Broadway Commons, a $30M, 12-storey, 110-unit building with a mix of market-rate and affordable housing and commercial at grade is well underway. Following SvN’s lead, the project is being led by the University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation that develops mixed-use and mixed-income housing projects. Fifty-six units will be designated as affordable housing, 45 units will be rented at market rate and nine will be premium rate. Local design services are being provided by Number TEN Architectural Group.
The West Broadway Commons is partnering with several not-for-profit organizations to provide housing and support including Villa Rosa (new mothers), MacDonald Youth Services, New Journeys Housing (newcomers and refugees) and New Directions (adults with developmental delay).
West Broadway Commons is expected to break ground in 2019, with completion in 2021.