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    After over 50 years downtown, the Regina YWCA is eyeing a new location and expansion in the Cathedral neighbourhood—and the city may help. The Finance and Administration Committee recommended gifting the land to the YWCA,, similar to their current downtown agreement.

    At the meeting on January 8th the YWCA Regina, Mobile Crisis Services, REACH and other organizations addressed the committee about the YWCA's proposed new building and location.

    The recommendation said the property of Lucy Eley's Park in between Rae St. and Retallack St. by 12th Ave. should be gifted to the YWCA. The park was appraised most recently as being worth over $2 million and is the former site of Victoria School.

    "This project and the idea of creating wrap-around services for some of our most vulnerable people is something that we've all been looking for opportunities to do," said Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen. "It's a long time coming."

    Coomber-Bendtsen is the CEO of YWCA Regina and said the organization has had to turn away many women in the past "and those numbers are increasing."

    "Being able to do our work as well as other community organizations being able to do their work with a trauma informed lens really does need the appropriate space," she said. "And prevent women from entering into the shelter system."

    When the currently location was constructed in 1968, the City of Regina and YWCA entered into an agreement that the land would be leased for 99 years at a rate of $1/year. If approved, the lease agreement would also be in place at the new location.

    Coomber-Bendtsen said the YWCA is now taking their land request to the city council meeting on January 28, 2019 to see their decision.

    "From there we'll continue to work with our friends in the provincial government and the federal government to help support the project," she said. "Then we'll be looking to the community to finish that project off the next couple of years."

    Coomber-Bendtsen said one interesting aspect behind the idea of the new centre is to bring the community into their work. She said the work can inadvertently be isolated to one population or issue.

    "We recognize the kind of power that having community present has on people," she said. "So the centre has a concept that provides multi-use space, gathering space, recreation space that would be open to the community."

    Coomber-Bendtsen said a number of other organizations have been involved or would be involved in the new space. She said the Mobile Crisis Unit may move in, Carmichael Outreach would be involved and REACH would expand their services.

    "And then we've partnered with All Nations Hope to create that community space to be informed by traditional indigenous healing and ceremonial space so the centre's concept has the first indoor sweat lodge in our city," she said. "Having the capacity to provide those kinds of long term healing opportunities was a big piece of the puzzle."

    The project is estimated at $35 million dollars. She said she's excited about the recommendation to gift the land.

    "We have been doing lots of advocacy work and lots of work with our government partners," she said. "There's a real recognition of the kind of cost avoidance and long term impact that this can have."

    "The commitment and enthusiasm is very important to the project," she said of the city. "It's very motivating."

  • #2
    Would be great for Regina, hope it goes through

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Giventofly View Post
      Would be great for Regina, hope it goes through
      Cathedral is full of hipster NIMBYs so I'm thinking there could be heavy opposition to it.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by pappcam View Post

        Cathedral is full of hipster NIMBYs so I'm thinking there could be heavy opposition to it.
        I didn't get the memo - when did "hipsters" start to dislike abuse prevention, community outreach and combating homelessness? Pretty broad stroke here.

        If you're speaking of converting a green space into a paved paradise, that's another conversation. (One I happen to think is warranted in this situation.)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by rockford35 View Post

          I didn't get the memo - when did "hipsters" start to dislike abuse prevention, community outreach and combating homelessness? Pretty broad stroke here.

          If you're speaking of converting a green space into a paved paradise, that's another conversation. (One I happen to think is warranted in this situation.)
          The hipster part was a tongue in cheek comment about the Cathedral stereotype but there are quite a few NIMBY types in that area. Loosen your skinny jeans and take off your fake glasses and relax.

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          • #6
            Considering there was massive opposition to the Safeway rebuild, this one should get interesting.

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            • #7
              Great news for Cathedral! I lived on the western fringe, on Edward St, between 1991 and 2004, and loved it. Close to everything! I usually walked to work and of course to Rider games.

              But the family situation changed and now I am in darkest Dieppe. Just kidding; There are lots of good things about Dieppe. but amenities are not part of them.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Sprout View Post
                Great news for Cathedral! I lived on the western fringe, on Edward St, between 1991 and 2004, and loved it. Close to everything! I usually walked to work and of course to Rider games.

                But the family situation changed and now I am in darkest Dieppe. Just kidding; There are lots of good things about Dieppe. but amenities are not part of them.
                I just moved to the Cathedral area and absolutely love it. So many great amenities well within walking distance, great access to parks and downtown as well. I am already counting the days until summer and patio season!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Bingo_Arms View Post

                  I just moved to the Cathedral area and absolutely love it. So many great amenities well within walking distance, great access to parks and downtown as well. I am already counting the days until summer and patio season!
                  Happy for you and you are only 15 minutes walk from Mosaic!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Bingo_Arms View Post

                    I just moved to the Cathedral area and absolutely love it. So many great amenities well within walking distance, great access to parks and downtown as well. I am already counting the days until summer and patio season!
                    GF and I have talked about doing a knockdown/rebuild in Cathedral.
                    Relocating there, and being able to work from home would probably be great for her business
                    Last edited by Green in Queen City; 01-14-2019, 02:29 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by rockford35 View Post

                      I didn't get the memo - when did "hipsters" start to dislike abuse prevention, community outreach and combating homelessness? Pretty broad stroke here.

                      If you're speaking of converting a green space into a paved paradise, that's another conversation. (One I happen to think is warranted in this situation.)
                      Well they don't dislike food or education either but that didn't stop them from fighting the Safeway reno or the rebuild of a school that was structurally condemned.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by universityparkpride View Post
                        Considering there was massive opposition to the Safeway rebuild, this one should get interesting.
                        If memory serves me, people were more upset over the design rather than the actual retrofit. Pretty much everyone agreed that it needed an overhaul, the design left much to be desired. Especially in a more artistic and outgoing area of town. They didn't want to lose that neighborhood charm and end up with a box.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by CanuckRider View Post

                          .... or the rebuild of a school that was structurally condemned.
                          I'm guessing no one in the neighborhood is hating the school now that it's built. Live and learn, maybe?

                          They're not tearing anything down to build this YWCA, but they are uprooting some trees and grass. This isn't always a good thing. Let's see what happens. I think everyone can agree that it's a needed update for the current YW.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by rockford35 View Post

                            If memory serves me, people were more upset over the design rather than the actual retrofit. Pretty much everyone agreed that it needed an overhaul, the design left much to be desired. Especially in a more artistic and outgoing area of town. They didn't want to lose that neighborhood charm and end up with a box.
                            The new Safeway actually looks pretty good,..as does the new Connaught School,...good mix of modern style with traditional influence. They both look really good in that neighborhood

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Green in Queen City View Post

                              GF and I have talked about doing a knockdown/rebuild in Cathedral.
                              Relocating there, and being able to work from home would probably be great for her business
                              I actually heard your name mentioned from the project manager on my friend's new place (he's doing the knockdown rebuild as well). You'd love the neighbourhood! Great pubs, parks and patios and a nice easy walk over to Mosaic. The area really has an urban feel and it's the anti suburbia feel that so many parts of Regina have. Personally I don't know if I could ever go back to that.

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