HOMESPACE GIVING VACANT DOWNTOWN TOWER NEW LIFE AS AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Bernadette Majdell, CEO of HomeSpace Society, has praise for a city council decision to approve a $5.5-million grant allowing a vacant downtown office tower to be transformed into affordable-housing rental units.
Sierra Place, on the corner of 7th Avenue and 6th Street S.W., is to be stripped down, spruced up and converted into 108 residential units.
At street level, many will remember a popular coffee shop on the corner of the building. It is one of three commercial bays to be leased by Howard, but plans may include reopening the coffee shop as an employment opportunity for tenants as well as a meeting place for them and neighbours in surrounding towers.
Dods says it’s a privilege to help HomeSpace in this exciting project, and the team is working hard to fast-track the design and construction to welcome tenants as soon as possible.
To help raise the amount necessary to complete the $28.5-million overhaul, HomeSpace is being supported by Calgary Foundation in its efforts to raise money and is embarking on a fundraising campaign.
It’s another exciting challenge for Majdell since taking over the CEO position at HomeSpace four years ago, after her earlier role with affordable housing at AgeCare.
Later this year, Majdell will offer 51 apartment units for single adults on 16th Avenue at 10th Street S.W., and in the summer of 2022 will open 45 units in an affordable-housing, family-oriented development in the community of Seton.
Last fall’s Community Shred Day, organized by the Rotary Club of Calgary Olympic, was so successful it is offering another opportunity to shred your confidential documents. On May 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., your documents can be shredded, baled, recycled and repurposed at the Austrian Canadian Club on 11th Street N.E., in partnership with Pulp Shred, for the cost of a donation to the club. All money raised will go to the cost of training two CNIB guide dogs.
Story by: Calgary Herald