Prime Consultant, Architecture, Interior Design
30,000 sq ft 2,787 sq m
This project is a progressive partnership and redevelopment model between a private developer-builder (Truman) and a local social-community organization (Kensington Legion) to revitalize an aged and fiscally unsustainable facility, and create a vibrant mixed-use node on an under-utilized established community site. Kensington Legion, as a local social organization, has called West Hillhurst home since 1953. As a branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, it serves over 2,000 members ranging in age from 20 to 110. The Legion’s primary objective is to encourage, support, and participate in all forms of municipal, community and national service. Among a wide range of activities, the Kensington Legion is a not-for-profit organization that offers: services to veterans (i.e., entitled benefits support); schools involvement (assisting local youth through bursaries, scholarships, and athletic activities); recreational programs (a range of members activities, both on-site and off-site); and, community involvement (i.e., Meals on Wheels, Boy Scout and Girl Guide programs support). The vision includes a private, members-only area, as well as meeting rooms and minor office space for the administration of the Legion organization. The vision also includes a new ‘Outdoor Cafe’ space with vibrant community-focused frontage on Kensington Road NW, which is classified as a ‘Neighbourhood Boulevard’. With a goal to achieve fiscal sustainability, the Kensington Legion envisions a portion of the new facility to include office space to be rented at market-rate, creating a new long-term revenue stream for the Legion.