The YW Sheriff King Home opened in Inglewood in 1983 and after more than 30 years in the community, YW is investigating growing our presence. We are pleased to announce that an option to purchase a two acre site at 1715 17 Avenue SE, the current site of Westkey Storage, has been secured. See map.
This site would be the new location of the YW hub facility where we would continue to serve women and their families. Many of our programs would expand to offer our services to additional people.
Current project use plans include:
- 90 childcare spaces
- Parenting and family orientated programing and courses
- Community kitchen and multi-purpose space
- Fitness & wellness centre
- Counselling space for women and their families
- A transition shelter to support up to 100 women
- Administrative space
Phase 1 – June 2016 through to September 2016
During this time we engaged with community members through surveys, door knocking and an open house event at YW Sheriff King Home. We also met with the Inglewood Community Association & Redevelopment Committee. These conversations informed our design drivers (attach link) and site analysis.
Phase 2 – September to December 2016
During this period we will launch the conceptual design drawings and offer further engagement and input opportunities to ensure that the project is on track to benefit everyone.
Phase 3 – 2017 onwards
YW is committed to an open and transparent application process with the city and will remain closely engaged with Inglewood to ensure the strong relationship we currently have continues. We plan on revealing the final detailed architectural design in the first quarter of 2017. This will be a reflection of community and stakeholder input.
The possibilities are broad and we want to hear from you. YW launched the initial conceptual design drawings of our proposed site and your thoughts and opinions are important to us. Ask your questions to members of the Kasian Architecture design team or YW senior staff members. Give us your feedback on what you see. Did we miss something? Do you love something? Let us know!
1. Conceptual Design Launch Wine & Cheese Reception
This event took place on Wednesday, November 9. Thank you to all who participated!
2. Conversation Café
This event took place on Wednesday, November 15. Thank you to all who participated!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the purpose of the proposed new YWCA Calgary building?
For more than 105 years, YW has provided services for women in our community and continually adapted to meet the changing needs. In order to continue our evolution and be responsive to the needs of women and their families today and into the future we need a new facility that will be as adaptable as the organization is.
The new YW ‘hub’ facility will provide accessible supports for women and their families that include transitional housing, counselling, education and employment skill training, child development and parenting programming as well as support services to manage the organization.
Our goal is provide a safe and caring environment for the women and families we support, as well as for the community we reside in.
Who will this building serve?
Women and their families remain our priority. We believe that in order for a woman to thrive her family must also thrive. Currently, in addition to our shelter and housing programs, YW offers education, employment skills, counselling and child development and childcare programs to women, children and men and intends to expand these services in the new facility.
The new facility will be designed with the community in mind. We are open to exploring new services based on the needs and requirements of the community. It is our hope that the community will engage in activities and programs offered by YW; whether that is through usage of child care centres and parenting programs; counselling and educational programs; or by becoming YW volunteers.
Will this new building replace the YWCA Sheriff King Home?
The YW Sheriff King Home will remain in use in its current location. Once the new development is complete there may be some programs that move from the YW Sheriff King Home into the new facility, but the emergency shelter for women and children will remain intact and ready to help those in need throughout the entire process.
What are the development timelines?
The entire process, from the signing of the land purchase agreement to the move in to the new YW hub facility, is expected to take 40-48 months. That means, we will be moving into our new space in late 2019.
In the interim, all YW programs and services at the downtown facility, as well as the YW Sheriff King Home facility will continue without interruption.
What is the building design going to look like?
At this time we are working with Kasian Architecture Interior Design & Planning Ltd. to develop a conceptual design based on information we gathered from meetings with the YW board, executive team, staff, clients, and the Inglewood community.
The YW is conscious of the fact that Inglewood is a community that prides itself on diversity in its people and architecture. As such, we have met with the Inglewood Redevelopment Committee in September to discuss our design drivers, again in October to show site massing and will continue to engage with them throughout the process. The height of the building as well as the materials used for construction will be top considerations in the design process.
What will the environmental impact be?
We, at YW, appreciate the importance of responsible and efficient building processes and plan to consider our design drivers in all of our product and material selections. Inglewood is a leader within the City of Calgary in terms of environmental awareness and development and we embrace that ideology.
Will there be an opportunity for community input?
Absolutely! We want to know what you think, what you need in your area and how you feel about YW and your community. We anticipate several phases of community engagement throughout this project and that has already begun. In the spring we engaged with Inglewood community members through surveys, door knocking and an open house event at YW Sheriff King Home. We also met with the Inglewood Community Association & Redevelopment Committee to hear their thoughts and ideas. These conversations informed our design drivers and site analysis. We have additional events planned.
Please check back on this page for more information on these upcoming events.
How many parking spaces will you have?
Through our multiple engagement sessions with members of the Inglewood community we have heard a few common themes and parking is top among them. The YW Calgary and Kasian Architecture have been very cognizant of this issue and will allot sufficient space for our team and those accessing the building. YW has also incorporated significant bike storage for staff and anticipate foot traffic and transit to be primary access plans for many. We will discourage individuals from parking outside our lot and the YW also commits to working with the residents to resolve issues as they arise
How will you address community safety?
As an agency that serves women and children often fleeing violence in the home we take safety very seriously. Our building will be designed with safety as a priority for those living and working within its walls and for those living in close proximity. Over our 100 years working with women and our 30+ years in Inglewood we have had limited incidents that were quickly resolved through our close ties to the Calgary Police Service. Supportive housing programs are proven to enhance individual well-being. Research also shows police interactions, rates of incarceration and hospitalization decrease significantly when individuals, who have been homeless, are housed with supports. The YW respects the safety of its neighbours and will work to resolve any issue that arise.
How will you finance this project?
In late 2015 the YW sold our downtown property, located at 320 – 5th Avenue SE. A significant contribution from this sale will provide seed dollars for the project. In addition to this funding, YW will seek support from the philanthropic community as well as all levels of government.
YW has developed contingency plans that will ensure we can see this project through to completion.