Renaissance Brandon, as the downtown development corporation has become known, was granted authority from the City of Brandon to conduct activities related to downtown business development such as the ownership of property, granting of loans, establishment of incentive programs and retention of proceeds from investments. Further, the organization is to create unique partnerships between the public and private sectors that bring renewal and energy to downtown.
The Renaissance District was defined as 6th Street westward to 13th Street & Pacific Avenue southward to Lorne Avenue as an area containing a cornucopia of buildings from newly built and renovated to those nearing the point of no return. In 2010, the Renaissance District was rebranded the Downtown HUB. In 2012, City Council adopted a secondary land use plan that has boundaries from 1st Street to 18th Street at Rosser and Pacific Avenues and approximately 5th Street and 13th Streets on Princess Avenue and between 9th Street and 10th Street on Lorne, Louise and Victoria Avenues.
Currently, the Downtown HUB marketing boundaries are significantly smaller than the secondary land use plan boundaries and are identified by the HUB street signs located in the core of downtown Brandon. As the continued transformation and revitalization of our downtown continues the HUB boundaries will continue to expand throughout the secondary land use plan boundaries.
The Downtown HUB is the heart of the city, a mix of light industrial, retail, service centres and both low and high income residential. The City of Brandon in support of the organization provides annual funding, which pays for operational costs, including our grant programs. The Board of Directors is comprised of Mayor Rick Chrest, the Rosser Ward Councillor (Councillor Kris Desjarlais), and eight(8) citizens-at-large directors who were appointed by City Council. Council, having advertised the board position openings, received a high level of interest resulting in the following citizens-at large appointments:
Steve McMillan, Chair
Vice-President of Planning Services – VBJ Developments
Steve brings strong urban development and community planning expertise to the board. His urban planning background, enhanced by 6 years’ experience working with the City of Brandon’s Planning Department, provides great insight into land use plans, zoning and the planning permitting process in Brandon. Steve has been employed for the past two years with VBJ Developments; a private land development company in Brandon specializing in residential land development. Steve has knowledge from both the public and private sector which he brings to the Renaissance Brandon Board in order to help make sound development decisions for downtown Brandon. Steve is a strong proponent of revitalizing the HUB district.
Michael Cox, Vice Chair
Michael has been a licensed architect since 1975 and is the principal of Michael J. Cox, Architect. He has firsthand experience as a small business owner and a long standing connection with the arts and culture community. Michael has extensive experience with boards and committees. He works and resides in the Downtown HUB district. Michael serves on the ACC Board of Governors, Board of Directors for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and is Regional Director of Manitoba / Saskatchewan for the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He has served as President of Kinsmen Club of Brandon, President of the Board of Governors of the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Vice-President for Sport Development of the Manitoba Sailing Association and is a Past President of the Manitoba Association of Architect’s. Michael is extremely passionate about downtown Brandon.
Tyler Rice, Member at Large
Real Estate and Business Development
Tyler brings strong real estate, development and business skills to the Board. He is experienced in sales and marketing. Tyler’s family history and roots in downtown Brandon go back 100 years. His father and business partner has owned/operated businesses and property in downtown Brandon for 45 years. They most recently developed Renaissance Station, a visionary project in downtown Brandon that combines luxurious condominium living and 25,000 square feet of Class A retail / office space. Tyler believes strongly in the possibilities for Downtown Brandon.
Roger Guy, Member at Large
Executive Director of Community Futures Westman
Roger works downtown and through his business has supported small start-up businesses downtown and shares Renaissance Brandon’s vision. Prior to his current position, Roger was the General Manager of Norman RDC, a provincial regional economic development organization. For two years he served on the board of Westman Immigrant Services as Chair, and is currently a director on the board. He also serves as a board director for the Brandon Neighborhood Renewal Corporation and Tourism Westman.
Lorne Collins, Treasurer
Commercial Real Estate Broker with Collins Realty Inc.
Lorne would like to encourage residential and commercial growth downtown. Lorne is a professional accountant with a Certified Management Accountants (CMA) designation. He operated his own public accountants business for many years and has since sold the practice to the chartered accountant firm Meyers Norris Penny. He has been involved in operating a real estate brokerage, construction company, motel operation, property development and property management. He is presently licensed as a commercial real estate broker with his own firm Collins Realty Inc. in Brandon along with his ongoing Collins Consulting practice.
Michael Maendel, Member at Large
Structural Engineer with Burns Maendel Consulting Engineers Ltd.
In 2008, Michael and his business partner, Daniel Burns, established Burns Maendel Consulting Engineers Ltd., a growing design firm located in downtown Brandon. Michael is Chair of the Brandon Downtown Biz Association (BDBA) where he is actively involved as a business owner in the promotion of the downtown area through the BDBA. Michael is also the Vice-Chair for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of Manitoba (APEGM), Westman Chapter.
Kris Desjarlais, Rosser Ward Councillor
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Mayor Rick Chrest
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