EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) is making a $10 million contribution to kick-start a capital campaign required to develop the new Boyle Street Community Services facility at 10010 107A Ave, two blocks north of its current location adjacent to Rogers Place.
A newly-renovated facility at this site, announced today and scheduled to open in summer to fall 2023, will allow Boyle Street to deliver its services in a purpose-built facility.
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"We are very excited about this move," said Jordan Reiniger, Executive Director of Boyle Street. "Today we are signaling to our city that we need to do better for those most vulnerable in our community. This is a great day for our organization, but more importantly, for those we serve."
After identifying the new site, Boyle Street approached Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG), who had previously indicated an interest in acquiring the existing Boyle Street location if it became available. OEG agreed to purchase the site for the $5 million appraised value of the building. In addition, the EOCF stepped up to provide the $10 million contribution to the capital campaign.
"The EOCF is pleased and honoured to provide financial support to Boyle Street Community Services," said Craig Simpson, EOCF Board Vice Chair. "The mandate of Boyle Street aligns perfectly with one of the mandates of the EOCF, focusing on the needs of Edmonton's downtown community by engaging with organizations that are focused on delivering programs aimed at those most vulnerable."
According to Reiniger, the new location for Boyle Street allows for several improvements in a location still accessible to its clients.
"Our new facility will feature an interior space that is beautiful, welcoming, accessible, and designed for their needs - all things our clients deserve," he said.
Reiniger also noted that Indigenous culture will inform the design of the new facility, which will feature a dignified, contained outdoor space.
"Over 75 percent of individuals accessing our services are Indigenous," he said. "We owe it to them, as a part of reconciliation, to provide a space downtown that honours their culture, their beliefs, and their stories."
The sale of the current building along with the $10 million EOCF contribution totals $15 million, which is more than half of the total project cost. A capital campaign to raise the remaining $13.5 million was also launched today.
Laurel McCalla, Director of Development for Boyle Street Community Services, said, "We are confident that we can raise the money needed to create a warm, welcoming, and beautiful space for those that we serve. Edmontonians and governments have a long legacy of supporting the work we do at Boyle Street Community Services, and we believe they will once again step up to help respond to the needs of the most vulnerable in our community."
As part of the planning process for the site's development, Boyle Street Community Services will engage with nearby businesses, community groups and residents. Stakeholders will have an opportunity to consider and provide advice on the physical design of the improved facility and how to develop ongoing good neighbour policies.