The story of WestEnd Commons was featured in The Tyee as a part of a series on affordable housing. You can find the story here.
February, 2014: A new construction schedule has been issued projecting a new completion date of June 30, 2014. We regret this delay but it is due to the extended length of time required to install the elevator and sprinkler systems.
August 28, 2013: West End Biz Board Tours WestEnd Commons
On August 28, 2013, several Board members from the West End Biz visited the WestEnd Commons to learn about this project being developed in their neighbourhood. Lunch was provided with discussion of the project and then the group went on a tour, guided by project manager, Gerry Humphries. They were most impressed by the creative use of the church interior to develop one-of-a-kind apartments. For pictures, see Gallery page.
July 27, 2013: News from the Neighbourhood Resource Centre
The WestEnd Commons Neighbourhood Resource Centre is becoming a Social Enterprise.
Social Enterprises are revenue-generating businesses with a difference. Whether operated by a non-profit organization or by a for-profit company, a social enterprise has two goals:
(1) to achieve social, cultural, and community economic or environmental outcomes; and,
(2) to earn revenue.
In order to keep the Neighbourhood Resource Centre (NRC) operating and accessible for the neighbourhood it needs to become self-sustaining. Creating a social enterprise is seen by the St. Matthews Non Profit Housing (SMNPH) Board as the best way to balance the goal of providing well maintained rental space for the community residents and organizations while ensuring financial viability.
For the WestEnd Commons this means that the product we have to sell, or in our case rent, is the space in the NRC: the commercial kitchen, a large assembly hall, meeting rooms, and office space. The monies generated from the rentals will be used to sustain the NRC in areas such as costs related to staffing, utilities and maintenance.
The goal of the WestEnd Commons Social Enterprise is to operate a welcoming and inclusive Neighbourhood Resource Centre (NRC) that is a well-used and provides safe and affordable programming as well as meeting and office space for neighbourhood families and organizations in West Central Winnipeg.
May 15, 2013: News from the Neighbourhood Resource Centre (NRC)
With funding from the Winnipeg Foundation, an Organizational Development Coordinator was hired and has just successfully completed over 5 months of work within the NRC. Among the achievements of this interim position, were the organization of regular tenant meetings, the development and installation of new interior signage, the update and implementation of rental policies and a NRC Manual. We are seeking ongoing funding to continue this work within the NRC.