The ambitious downtown Boyle Renaissance project is quickly taking shape with the announcement yesterday of several of its main components.

A new Inner City High School, a YMCA welcome centre, residential housing and a recreation centre are the first projects to be built as part of the plan to help accommodate the 50,000 new residents expected to move downtown in the next 30 years.

Mayor Stephen Mandel says the project will assist those already living in the area, and will make it a more desirable neighbourhood.


“It will make (the area) more vibrant, and a place where everyone will want to live,” he said. “We need to find a way to celebrate the greatness of our community,” he said in a news conference at the Inner City high school.

The project, to be located east of police headquarters between 95 Street and 96 Street, is part of a revitalization plan that is looking at bringing in social agencies into the neighbourhood, while helping to accommodate current and future residents by building permanent and transitional housing.

Future planned additions include a assisted-living home, an Aboriginal Welcome Centre and a Métis/Aboriginal Seniors Housing building.

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