Answers to common questions about the project
WHY DO WE NEED A COMMUNITY HUB?
Residents of Anmore need a gathering space outside of the home. There currently isn’t anywhere in Anmore for friends or family to get together and meet indoors to sit down and connect with each other. The Anmore Community Hub will provide accessible community space where residents can come together and participate in a variety of programs. The Community Building will allow for the expansion of community-based services, and provide infrastructure for long-term recreational and cultural opportunities. Additionally, the building will serve as an Emergency Operations Centre during emergency conditions, providing a safe space for the Village and its residents.
HOW DID WE GET TO THIS POINT?
The Village was aware that the Old Village Hall needed to be replaced long before it was closed in 2012 as a result of the significant safety concerns. The Village commissioned a Feasibility Study in 2014 by the planning consultants for the Village, CitySpaces. That work was expanded upon by HCMA Architecture in 2017 when a Site Development Plan was approved by Council, which confirmed the desired location of the Community Hub Building and plans for the surrounding area, including Spirit Park. This plan also identified a desire to realign Ravenswood Drive and Ma Murray Lane to facilitate a safer layout for our building site, which will also maximize its use. HCMA then undertook a Conceptual Design project, which resulted in a refined vision for the Anmore Community Hub and was used as the basis for seeking proposals for a detailed design of the Community Hub Building. Finally, in December 2019 the Village awarded the Detailed Design contract to Johnston Davidson Architecture, who submitted the highest ranked proposal for the work. We are currently in the design phase of the project.
HOW LARGE ARE THE COMMUNITY SPACES?
There are currently three areas that are specified for community use. The largest room is our “Community Hall”, this room is 4,123 square feet and can be divided into two rooms (one being 2,486 square feet and the other 1,637 square feet). This allows for multiple uses at one time. The “lobby” area is 934 square feet and there is a 492 square feet boardroom. All community use spaces can be utilized by the public both during and outside of regular office hours.
WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE?
The “look and feel” of the building has not yet been finalized. The Village is seeking public input on that aspect of the design. We will be incorporating locally sourced structural timber as a way to support our BC economy.
WHAT IS IN THE BUILDING?
The proposed building includes a 4,123 square foot Community Hall, which will act as our Council Chambers, will be able to facilitate programs for residents and will be available for event rental. The lobby will incorporate aspects of Anmore’s history, which were saved from the Old Village Hall (including the typesetter). The Community Hub Building will also include office space for municipal operations and a boardroom available to community user groups both inside and outside regular office hours.
HOW WILL ANMORE’S HISTORY BE HONOURED IN THE BUILDING?
There will be dedicated space in the entry way (lobby) of the Community Hub which will feature the typesetter, stained glass window and other heritage artifacts saved from the Old Village Hall. Cabinets with displays that are changed periodically will allow the Village to feature various points in Anmore’s history.
WHERE WILL IT BE LOCATED?
The Anmore Community Hub will be located in approximately the same location as the Old Village Hall.
WHY CAN’T MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS CONTINUE OUT OF THE CURRENT ATCO TRAILERS?
Our “Village Hall” is required to serve as our Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) when a disaster strikes. The current Atco trailers would likely not survive a significant disaster. They also cannot currently act as an Emergency Reception Centre for residents if they are unable to be in their homes as a result of a disaster. The Atco trailers also have a finite life span, which is much shorter than a traditional building. We don’t own the Council Chambers trailers and are paying monthly lease amounts of almost $3,000. In addition, there is very little usable space for residents and no space to support Village events. Gathering spaces for our residents is our primary objective, evidenced by the distribution of space.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
Preliminary numbers discussed in the public financial committee meeting identified a range between $6-10 million. We have chosen the mid point to work from as estimates become more refined. As we finalize the detailed design process, the estimated budget will change based on decisions made regarding how much community space to include and what types of materials are used to construct the building.
WHAT USES WILL BE OFFERED TO RESIDENTS IN THE NEW BUILDING?
The Community Hall and boardroom will be available for local user groups to hold events (such as the Dementia Friendly Café, Anmore Garden Club meetings, etc.). The Village will also be looking to provide some programming in future, such as fitness classes, arts programs and lectures.
WILL THERE BE ROOM TO EXPAND THE FACILITY IN FUTURE?
Yes. We recognize the importance of not only planning for the near future, but also the long term future of the Village. The building plan and design, as well as plans for the surrounding lands, will allow for future expansion of facilities.