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It’s the End of an Era: Parish Hall Has Come Down.

The big machines have come in. Parish hall has come down in order to make room for the construction of West Broadway Commons.

Parish Hall has come down.
Big machines doing their job.
Where parish hall once stood.
Where parish hall connected to the church offices.

Official CMHC Announcement for West Broadway Commons

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS LOCAL – All Saints church housing All Saints’ Anglican Church National Housing Strategy announcement. Robert-Falcon Ouellette, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), announces a financial commitment of almost $25.6 million from the federal government for the West Broadway Commons development. The twelve storey residential building will have 110 self-contained units, 56 of which will be affordable housing and is being built in the All Saints Anglican Church lot who is the majority partner in the project with University of Winnipeg (UWCRC 2.0 Inc.) the minority partner. See Caitlyn’s story on housing development strategy announcement at All Saints Anglican with the University of Winnipeg. Aug 7th, 2019

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Robert-Falcon Ouellette, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre, announces a financial commitment of almost $25.6 million from the federal government for the West Broadway Commons development.

As construction vehicles clattered and squealed in the background, a small group of people gathered behind the All Saints’ Anglican Church on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the mixed-income rental housing project that will soon rise up where there is now just a hole in the ground.

The West Broadway Commons will feature 110 new homes in the community, 56 of which will be affordable housing units.

The project received $25.6 million in federal funds through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s national housing co-investment fund. The City of Winnipeg also contributed $250,000 through its housing rehabilitation investment reserve.

The project was the result of more than four years of work, and began to take shape when members of the All Saints’ Anglican Church realized the hall behind the church was in dire need of costly upgrades.

“We faced an impossibly high cost to put it back in shape,” said Sandi Mielitz, vice-chair of the church’s building committee.

Instead, they decided to look into the possibility of repurposing the land.

“We wanted to be involved in a project which did not lose money, but had a strong social and environmental component. It had to contribute to the quality of life in West Broadway,” Mielitz said.

The church received many serious proposals for commercial spaces, but Mielitz said only one submission pitched the idea of affordable, accessible and environmentally conscious housing units: the University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation 2.0.

Mielitz said the support behind the project, which is expected to be complete by December 2020, shows just how many ways thoughtful design and development can benefit communities.

“What truly is the highest and best use for a piece of land? We quickly think about financial terms, return on investment,” she said. “But if we care about our future and the health of our society, we need to broaden this definition.”

David Wilson, chair of the church’s building committee, said the housing project could provide ideas to other cities across Canada as they look at possible solutions to housing instability.

“We need more projects like this across the country to fill that missing gap for people that need suitable housing to live in,” Wilson said. “This is a prime example of that.”

Winnipeg Centre MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette said the project shows what a community as determined as the one in West Broadway can accomplish.

“We’re all passionate about our city, and we all share common goals of ensuring that everyone has access to safe, affordable and stable housing,” Ouellette said. “That’s why we are here today.”

Ouelette said all common areas in the building will meet universal accessible design standards, and 33 of its units will be fully accessible. The housing development will also meet an energy rating 30 per cent better than what’s required by the National Energy Building Code.

caitlyn.gowriluk@freepress.mb.ca

Flag reinstallation

After having scaffolding up to the ceiling for the past couple of months, preparation to paint ensues.

Meanwhile, how nice to see that the flags the colours flying again!

Out with the old; in with the new!

The weather warms around us; grass, trees, flowers and other green things blossom with the joy of new life. Migratory birds return, and the songs of the various creatures waking up from a long winter’s sleep fill the air.

Change….and growth.

Likewise, within the church, workers high up in the scaffolding with their tools, ring among the rafters. Renovations progress in a timely fashion.

Meanwhile, outside the church, beneath the shining sun and brilliant blue sky, repairs on the roof have begun. The roofing team has removed the old shingles from the roof. After that, new and more durable shingles take their place!

Check out the photo journal of the metamorphosis here!

Renovations Have Begun!

More photos added!

The transition from our church home began on Sunday, April 28, and we have become welcomed guests in the home of another. It will be good to keep up on the metamorphosis that will be happening in and around the All Saints’ while we’re at St. Luke’s.

As things change over the next few months, we will take a photo journey. Photos will be added on a weekly to bi-weekly basis with additional photos added as the changes occur, so stay tuned!

April 25, 2019

Scaffolding in the nave
Scaffolding in the nave.
Construction materials in the nave
Construction materials in the nave
Panoramic shot from the back
Large truck and trailer with construction materials on lawn

May 2, 2019: More photos inside!

Covering the windows and font.
More scaffolding erected .
All the way to the back of the church!

May 14, 2019: Limestone Rock Taken Down From the Outer Walls of Parish Hall

The rock from the Colony St. side of Parish Hall: fully removed.
Reverend Brent Neumann took down the rock.
Thousands of pounds of rock piled upon pallets inside the hall.
Rock, taken down and hauled in.

May 28, 2019: Some more photos inside the church!

Covering the stained glass windows
Scaffolding goes all the way up to the ceiling!
Another view of the scaffolding.

June 3, 2019: Everything is covered and renovations are full-steam ahead!

Coming into the Church
Walking through the door
Looking to the left while entering the church
Looking up….
….and around!
The view from the centre – back of the church
Image taken a bit closer to the Broadway St. entrance

June 19, 2019: Trees Cleared and Scaffolding Coming Down—Construction is in Full Swing.

The trees are being removed from the grounds
Scaffolding in the stages of coming down.
Light is able to filter in again!

June 24, 2019: Check out the images of the Construction Zone! The Environmental remediation begins. Most importantly, it’s time to remove the hazardous materials from the site. With the heavy Tyndall stone transferred to the back parking lot, alongside the roof-building materials, roof repairs continue.

All Saints closed off – the construction site
View from Colony Street
The sidewalk stone has been removed.
Many of the bushes, plants and trees have been removed.
View of the lower level windows covered for environmental remediation.
Inside the kitchen
View outside of the kitchen, from parish hall
View of the stage area in parish hall, and the closed-off section towards the church offices and sanctuary.
View of roof repairs from the back parking lot.
Roofing materials and Tyndall stone transferred to the back parking lot.

July 4, 2019: After completing the Environmental Remediation and having the hazardous materials removed, roof repairs near completion. Soon, interior painting will commence! Stay tuned for more updates!

The plastic barriers have come down. A view of parish hall.
A view from near the stage.
All trees and bushes completely removed now that the Environmental Remediation is done. The back courtyard is blocked off with fencing, pylons and cement blocks.
Preparing to paint the interior of the church.

A Letter from Bishop Geoff Woodcroft

Please read the heartfelt letter written by the Rt. Rvd. Geoff Woodcroft, Bishop of Rupertsland.

It is a time we all must come together in love.