1 To only ever ask for what the YMCA needs as a minimum to make the vision of a new YMCA Centre of Community become a reality.
By utilizing the proceeds from the sale of the land along with a community capital fund raising campaign, a new YMCA Centre of Community can be achieved.
2 To provide our city with the gift of a new YMCA Centre of Community for many years to come.
The goal is to design a project that boasts complimentary urban design, public accessibility and contributes to the public good as a place for tens of thousands of residents of HRM to become healthier physically, mentally, and spiritually.
3 To reinvest and remain as a good neighbour in this special area of peninsular Halifax.
In order to be considerate towards community stakeholders, neighbours and the general public, consultation through dedicated meetings and open house forums will be held throughout the process. Furthermore, the project design will respect the significance of Citadel Hill and the legacy of the art deco façade of the current CBC building. It is a priority to be a good neighbour to both the larger community and the surrounding environment.
4 To achieve excellence in urban design.
The design must respect principles of good urban design that are recognized by HRM planning staff and our neighbours. The redevelopment should provide commercial, residential, and public amenity space within the existing urban core. With an integrated mixed-use program and prime location, the design will add vitality to the existing neigbourhood by animating the lanes, bringing light and vibrancy to a prominent corner of the city. It will demonstrate principles of green sustainable design and make excellent use of scarce urban land.
Before undertaking design options for the proposed development of the YMCA and CBC lands, a series of four guiding principles were drafted to lead decision-making throughout the process.