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Macdonald Youth Services is hoping the pieces for a new facility east of Osborne Village will fall into place.
On Sept. 16, the City Centre Community Committee passed plans for a new multi-use facility to be built on 161-175 Mayfair Ave.
However, Erma Chapman, CEO of Macdonald Youth Services (MYS), said there is still more work to be done before any shovels go into the ground.
MYS is still waiting to hear from contractors and receive tenders for the work and until that point won’t know exactly how much the new facility will cost.
"It’s still in process; it’s not a done deal," Chapman told The Sou’wester. "We’re very happy to get the City’s approval and we’ve worked with them to have a facility that will meet our needs and also fit in the community that we’re located in."
According to Chapman, MYS needs a new facility to better accommodate its clients. MYS works with children, youth and families throughout Manitoba and offers programs such as adolescent resources in community homes, foster care, and youth crisis stabilization. Last year MYS helped 8,242 people through its programs.
The current facility located on Mayfair Avenue includes the administration building, a small cottage, and a large red brick building — all of which would be torn down if the new facility were to go ahead. The blue heritage building at 159 Mayfair Ave. will remain.
"We really want to develop spaces to meet the needs of our clients. We also want to have teaching kitchens, computer labs and the kinds of things kids need to learn life skills," Chapman said.
The current facility only has one therapy room as well, making scheduling a challenge for MYS.
"With only one therapy room it means we’re setting up spaces, taking down spaces. We share and a meeting room becomes a therapy room," Chapman explained.
MYS will continue to work on the project and plans to update the community when more details, such as cost, are finalized.
"We’re in the planning phase, we hope it’s a go, and we hope to stay in this neighbourhood which means we could proceed with this particular project," Chapman said. "That’s where we’re at right now."
Go to mys.ca for more information.
Danielle Da Silva
Danielle Da Silva is a general assignment reporter.