The YMCA of Brandon officially opened its new $18 million, 50,000-square-foot Dood Cristall Family YMCA facility at 231 8th St. on Monday, Aug. 26 and became the YMCA’s newest facility in Canada.
With an emphasis on aquatic facilities, family programming, and fitness programs and equipment, the Dood Cristall Family YMCA facility has been specifically planned to focus on family needs and programs. It’s been designed with large window areas that provide abundant natural light and views to the surrounding community.
This was Renaissance Brandon’s first major project. In partnership with the Province of Manitoba, Renaissance Brandon contributed $165,000 towards the demolition of the Beaubier Hotel, which stood on the southeast corner of 8th Street and Princess Avenue.
Kristopher Campbell Memorial Skateboard Plaza
Located in the heart of Downtown Brandon, the Plaza consists of a carefully detailed 20,000 sqft skate able landscape built directly over the original foundation of the City’s historic Prince Edward Hotel. Alongside a myriad of compelling ‘real street’ inspired features, columns along the plaza perimeter mirror those of the original building while major areas contained within the park take on the names of key rooms once housed inside the hotel.
This plaza provides many benefits to Brandon and the Westman area. Brandon’s youth are provided with an innovative, accessible and challenging skate plaza. The plaza promotes healthy living and encourages an active lifestyle. The plaza has seating areas, trees and landscaping, that welcome non-active users who are there to watch participants.
Renaissance Brandon contributed $75,000 towards the construction of the Skate Plaza.
The property formerly known as the Kennedy Block, which Trade Fair Exchange occupied for 30 years has undergone a major renovation with the support of Renaissance Brandon’s Redevelopment Grant in the amount of $43,285. These dollars were used to help meet the building code by installing new heating and cooling systems, electrical and plumbing. In addition, Renaissance Brandon helped secure the main floor tenant for five years, Reactive Massage by providing a $12,925 Rent Abatement Grant.
The new Downtown HUB Zoning By-Law played a major role in allowing the property owner to renovate 10 residential suites by removing the per unit parking space requirement.