For the past 60 years The South Park YMCA has served the residents of HRM but today is challenged to remain relevant due to accessibility barriers and aging infrastructure.
The YMCA and CBC have been working together to bring an exciting new public oriented, mixed-use development to Peninsular Halifax, on the location where the CBC radio building and South Park YMCA currently reside.
Located on South Park Street, between Sackville Street and Spring Garden Road, across from the Public Gardens, the YMCA and CBC/Radio-Canada both operate in aging structures dating back to the 1930’s and 1950’s that can no longer facilitate future needs.
We have understood these common concerns for several years and have come to the conclusion that, by combining our lands, we can realize our future goals and give back more to the community in the process. The result is a joint development involving both properties where the YMCA will remain on site and CBC/Radio Canada will be utilizing resources gained from the sale to provide a new integrated broadcast centre for Eastern Canada in HRM.
This decision provides an opportunity to redevelop a larger piece of prominent land on the peninsula, maximizing the project value which will be returned to the community via a new YMCA facility, residential living in the downtown, and shops and services for new and existing residents and visitors. Significant new real estate taxes will be generated in the range of $1.0-$1.125 million annually. This development will have a significant positive impact on this well-known historic city area.
With a renewed YMCA Centre of Community, the YMCA will be better able to expand and provide YMCA programs and services for the residents of HRM. The health and longevity of this long serving charity in Halifax will be renewed for the next 60 years and beyond. Research has indicated that this investment in capital recreation infrastructure for the peninsula will allow the municipality to invest in capital recreation projects in other areas where the need has been identified.
Halifax will become home to one of the best YMCA Centres of Community in Canada. The project will bring renewed health, fitness and recreation and child care amenities to peninsular Halifax.
The overall development will be a leading example of excellence in urban design situated in a prime location of our city.