West Broadway Commons

Location
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Client
All Saints Anglican Church

Date
2016 to ongoing

Overview

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.

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Housing is a core focus of our business. We design innovative and adaptable buildings and master plans that respond to the immediate and future housing needs of diverse communities and all levels of income. We have a history of initiating and realizing housing projects that fill critical gaps in the market, and that are sensitive and adaptable to evolving cultures and contexts.
We provide comprehensive support for approvals under the Planning Act that includes: the creation of clear, high quality documentation for amendments to official plans, zoning bylaws and building codes; producing planning applications and planning rationale reports; and representing our clients at Ontario Municipal Board hearings.
We provide feasibility planning, development advisory and approvals risk management for public and private clients. As an interdisciplinary team that contributes to the design and architecture of a project, we are able to identify risks in early design development and conceptual site layout stages. We help to shape and form the thinking on site layout and building design in a way that reduces and minimizes the amount of approvals required. We give our clients a comprehensive view of planning approval milestones within the project's life cycle, so they can anticipate the timing and resources required to support various approvals within the overall construction schedule.
We undertake site analysis studies, from site scale up to secondary plan scales.  We work with developers and public agencies such as Build Toronto and Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation to complete due diligence and Highest and Best Use Studies for their lands.