Boyle Street Community League president Thim Choy is disappointed that the community league building is set to come down next year.
“It’s sad to see such a nice building come down,” said Choy, who’s lived in the neighbouhood for over 40 years. “It’s my pride and joy.”
The building was completed in February 1984, thanks in part to Choy, who was involved in raising $400,000 in funds for the building in the early 1980s.
Now, one of Edmonton’s oldest communities is getting transformed.
City and provincial officials were on hand yesterday to break ground for the $42.2-million Boyle Renaissance, a project spanning the area between 95th and 96 Street from 103 A Avenue up to the LRT tracks.
The key feature will be a YMCA-sponsored affordable housing complex with 150 rental units. YMCA donated $3 million for the project.
MLA Jonathan Denis,?Alberta’s minister of housing and urban affairs, explained the decision to partner with the privately operated charity, stating it allows the government to deliver a better cost per door.
“It’s better for the taxpayer,” he said.