Frequently Asked Questions
What is a feasibility study?
Based on feedback dating back to 2017, that NSRA Board of Directors determined that we needed to understand what possibilities were available to us regarding a potential expansion of the Panorama Hills Community Centre (PHCC), and have a clear understanding of the constraints the current building and space. This was to be achieved through the completion of a feasibility study. The capital development committee issued a tender to find an architect to complete the study, and after a series of thorough interviews, JVHA was selected to complete the requested study.
How much will the expansion cost?
The project cost is expected to be $4.5 million. We will have a set of schematic drawings created by BRZ Architects to present at the AGM.
How will the expansion be paid for? Will my resident’s association fees go up with the new expansion?
The expansion project will be paid for using our capital reserve money and potentially a short term loan. Resident Assocation (RA) fees will not increase because of this project.
This project will be voted on by the members at an AGM or Special meeting.
What is the timeline for a potential expansion project?
The expected timeline would be 12 to 18 months. Operations would continue throughout constrcution. Construction would start in April 2021 and be completed for Summer of 2022.
How will the expansion project effect usage of park and other amenities?
Once we know more about the type of expansion we may be moving forward with, a project plan will be created. The construction project will likely be in a phased approach so that we can maximize the use of as many current features as we can throughout the construction phase. Part of the feasibility study took in to consideration all the parking regulations. The park should be always open as long it is safe to do so. We might have to use different entrance strategies or have temporary closures but ultimately, there will be some type of limited access through the project.
Is there a demand for an expansion?
The NSRA has been actively collecting data from members since 2017 through a series of events and surveys. With over 9000 respondents in that time, we feel confident that we have enough information to warrant the exploration of an expansion project.
The results have led us to recognize a demand for increased services that we are not currently able to provide given our current facilities.
Our goal is to create a hub that the community members can use to foster connection through environments that are holistic, open, inviting, integrated, collaborative, interactive, multi-generational and anchored in social connections. This will help ensure a sustainable community space that stays relevant to recreational programming and community trends for future years.
Will residents have a say in the design of the facility?
One of our top priorities is to have our members involved in the design process. We will be conducting a series of engagement events including Open Houses, Surveys, Townhalls and more to get feedback from members. We are dedicated to getting as much feedback as possible during our targeted engagement phase and beyond. We have been collecting survey information since 2017 from residents and it is that information that acted as a driver to move forward with this study.