2006 Program and Service Scan
A survey of current operators and providers of community programs in the peninsula confirmed that the YMCA remains a relevant provider of health and wellness programming for this region of the municipality.
2007 Market Research
Confirmed that a sustainable operating business model is possible for a new community centre that focuses on health, wellness and active living for citizens of all ages who live, learn, work and play in peninsular Halifax. Research indicated a pent up demand for such a centre with health and wellness program and service offerings on the Peninsula.
2007 Site Selection
With no preconceived notions of where we might end up, we entered into conversations with other public institutions that were concurrently in various stages of development for the future. We investigated various green space options. These dialogues and research confirmed that our current location on South Park Street met the market criteria, and based on current ownership, allowed the best opportunity to proceed in a timely manner.
2008 CBC/Radio-Canada Partnership
Based on the critical nature of the aging building structures of both the South Park YMCA and the Sackville St. CBC/Radio-Canada building, our two organizations formed a partnership to take a collaborative approach to developing this prime location as a joint development.
2009 Stakeholder Engagement
YMCA Volunteers and Staff proactively sought feedback from key stakeholders and stakeholder groups in the community to help identify potential opportunities to move the project forward.
May 2010 Community Consultation
As part of the YMCA Community Participation and Consultation Program, a Public Open House was held in May 2010. This was an opportunity for the community to review the proposed design to date and offer their thoughts to the project team. The community engagement process revealed that there was great excitement for a new YMCA and the health, wellness and public amenities it would bring to Halifax. There was an overwhelming desire to move the project forward and recognition of the strong potential for the design of the development.
December 2010 Application Submission
The YMCA and CBC Radio-Canada submitted a Plan Amendment Application to HRM Planning Services for the proposed joint development of their properties.
March 2011 Initiation Report Approval
Halifax Regional Council voted to approve the initiation report for the CBC-YMCA redevelopment site plan amendment allowing the request to proceed through the HRM public participation process.
April 2011 Public Information Meeting Held
Halifax Regional Planning Staff hosted a Public Information Meeting on April 21 2011 at Halifax City Hall and received feedback from the general public on the proposed amendment.
Report to Regional Council
Regional Staff prepare a report based on the outcomes of the Public Information meeting that is presented to Regional Council for their review.
As the application continues to move through the HRM approval process, a Public Hearing will be held in Council Chambers. This is an opportunity for the public to speak to the project and for City Councilors and staff to hear this feedback. At the conclusion of the Public Hearing, Regional Council will vote on whether to approve the proposed plan amendment.
Decision by Council to adopt Plan Amendment
Should the project proceed with approval, a private developer will be sought who can make the construction of a new YMCA a reality.
Your YMCA has been working on a renewal plan for serving Peninsular Halifax for the past number of years. Learn about what has happened to date and the next steps in the progress of the YMCA development.