Malmo Plains Infrastructure Redevelopment Committee (IRC) Update

Early March, 2019 the IRC received the news that our Government of Alberta grant application (CFEP), submitted on Oct 1, 2018 was not successful. The amount of grant requests this year far exceeded the Government of Alberta's available money for community grant requests. The IRC knew that this was a possibility and will be reapplying to the Government of Alberta community grants program on Oct 1, 2019. In the meantime, the IRC is working on preparing documents for the City of Edmonton's community lead construction process and completing a $400K request to the City of Edmonton (for CLIP funding) due March 27, 2019. Please come to the Malmo Community League AGM at 8PM, Tuesday, April 23 to meet with the IRC and MCL Executive and learn more about the status of the MCL Hall Modernization project. There will be displays of the MCL Hall Renewal project concept plans and an opportunity to provide feedback.

Chris Ouellette, IRC Chair
Ircchair@malmoplains.com
780-887-1637

Malmo Plains Infrastructure Renewal Committee (IRC) Update

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Since assuming the helm of the IRC in August, 2017, the Malmo Hall Renewal project has been busy.  After extensive community input and research into community needs essential to modernize the existing Malmo Hall and to meet future demands of a growing community (Edgeway & Michener Park Redevelopment), the Malmo Hall vision was developed with an estimated cost of $1.5 to $1.8M. The Malmo Community League (MCL) has $250K that will be matched by Westcorp to the tune of $200K for an initial project budget of $450K that can be matched by government grants of $400K (City of Edmonton) & $1M (Government of Alberta). Depending on funding success in the next 9 months, the IRC has developed project budget scenarios that range from $850K to $1.8M achieved by reducing the scope of the project but still reflects the key messages from the community: 1) Update the existing Hall aesthetics; 2) Rework, add-on or expand the Hall spaces; and 3) Modernize services like the kitchen to better serve and accommodate major events like tonight’s MCL bi-annual spaghetti supper (Thanks Amanda Prentice for Organizing!!!). The IRC has arranged displays of the MCL Hall Renewal project vision plans in the skate change room (see below). Plus there is space on the 2nd page of this handout for you to provide feedback. You can also contact Chris Ouellette, IRC Chair @ ircchair@malmoplains.com or 780-887-1637.  This handout will be made available along with other Malmo Hall Renewal project details on the MCL website:  www.malmoplains.com.

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I send my regrets for not attending MCL’s 2018 Fall Spaghetti Supper (I am in the Kootenay’s celebrating a 90th birthday party), but Amanda Prentice knows how to put on a party!!!  Please enjoy the great food with friends & neighbors!

Chris Ouellette

Malmo Plains Community League Chair, ircchair@malmoplains.com or 780-887-1637.

Malmo Hall Renovation and Expansion—Project Update

Please give us your feedback on the Malmo Community hall concept here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YHLWLPG

League Mission

The mission of the Malmo Plains Community League is to enhance the quality of life of people living in the Malmo Plains neighborhood by providing facilities and opportunities for sports, recreation, social, and community activities.

An Evolving Neighborhood

The Malmo Plains neighbourhood is located in south Edmonton, 9km from the downtown core. From the mid-1960s to 2004 the neighbourhood was comprised of 608 single-family homes and 530 townhome and apartment residences. In 2004, 99 condominium apartment residences were added. Currently under construction is a 611 unit apartment complex that will, in phases, increase the number of families living in the community by 50%. This infill of families will increase the size of community events to beyond the capacity of the current community centre building. More people in Malmo also increases the need for a more versatile building. There is no other recreation or community centre in, or planned for, the Malmo neighbourhood.

As the Malmo housing stock ages, and the new apartment development comes on stream, rental units will approach 75% of all residences in the neighbourhood. Our goal as a community league is to create a sense of belonging, involvement, and community with everyone--renters and home-owners alike. Key to achieving this goal will be the renovated and expanded Malmo Plains Community Hall.

History of the Malmo Hall

The Malmo community hall building was constructed in 1965 and renovated in 1980 and in 1995. A 2010 assessment of the building by Stantec Engineering revealed that the building, while structurally sound, has interior and exterior fixtures and finishes that require updating. This assessment has been confirmed independently by professional architects.

The Concept of the New Hall

The objective of the project is to create a community hall that, for the foreseeable future, serves the needs of an evolving, diverse urban neighbourhood. Driving this project is the desire to engage neighbourhood families, and especially youth, throughout the year. We envision a community hall that is a four-season venue for all manner of (a) outdoor sports and activities and (b) indoor community events and programs. We support the City’s goals for walkable communities, so we see the majority of hall users walk or ride their bicycles to and from the facility. Lastly, we see a hall that incorporates modern standards and technology for electricity and natural gas usage efficiency.

The project will see the renewal of the existing building, along with a new-construction expansion of the overall footprint. Key directions given to the architect include:

•    A main hall that is significantly larger than our current hall and is rectangular in shape.
•    The ability to hold multiple events simultaneously, without them disturbing each other.
•    A north-facing elevation that fits into the neighborhood, when combined with landscaping.
•    A south-facing elevation that allows engagement with the sand volleyball courts, skating rinks, and sports fields–perhaps with a courtyard or deck.
•    A design that supports the four-season, indoor and outdoor vision for the venue.

The concept drawings (PDF: Site Plan, Main Floor Plan, High Quality Rendering, Perspective) are intended to show general size and layout of the design, to be evaluated against the instructions given to the architect. The construction design is subject to change.

Project Funding

The budget is driven by the funds we can reasonably expect to assemble. Below is the budget for the project.

Source of Funds Amount
Malmo Plains Community League $225,000
Westcorp Property Management Inc. $200,000
City of Edmonton CLIP Planning Grant $25,000
City of Edmonton Major CLIP Grant $400,000
Province of Alberta CFEP Grant $100,000
Total Budget $950,000

Project Timelines

The timelines for the project’s remaining major milestones are below.

Major Milestone Date
Concept design completed by the architect 9/30/2016
Input to the concept received 11/30/16
City and Province grant applications submitted 12/31/2016
Construction design completed by the architect 4/30/2017
General contractor selected 6/30/2017
All funding in place 9/30/2017
Construction begins 10/1/2017
Construction ends 3/31/2018

Risks

The primary risks to the project are the denial of grant funding. Our mitigating strategy is to write the most compelling grant applications possible. Phasing the construction project is also an option.

A second key risk is our ability to incorporate in the final design the requirements placed on development on City of Edmonton parkland.

Malmo Hall Redevelopment Survey - now online

The Malmo Community Center Hall is undergoing a face-lift, inside and out! By 2017, Malmo will have a new hall that will aim to meet current and future needs of our growing community. 

In our June newsletter, Malmo residents received a survey insert on yellow paper. Thank you if you submitted it by the June 30 deadline. If not, we have provided it to you online. Please take a few minutes to fill it out before July 31st, 2015.

Malmo Hall Redevelopment survey

Murray Tenove, IRCchair@malmoplains.com on behalf of your neighbors on Malmo IRC