St. Thomas Unveils Innovative Ymca Child Care Center: A Model for Urban Renewal

When the city of St.

Thomas, Ontario, needed a new child care center, it turned to an old parking lotand a Canadian firm.

Stationview YMCA Child Care Center, built by CGS Architects and funded in part by the city, offers 88 spots for kids between the ages of 3 and 12, and it's already being hailed as an example of "forward-thinking approach, combining architectural innovation with community enrichment," per a press release.

Not only does the center "act as a catalyst for revitalization of the surrounding area," it's also "a catalyst for introducing affordable housing and a new parkette," says city manager Wendell Graves, who worked with architect Bill Curran on the project.

"This approach not only enhances the daily experiences of its users but also exemplifies how architectural design can play a crucial role in community-focused projects," says Graves.

The building, which took three years to build, features high ceilings, lots of natural light, cross-laminated timber construction, and a playground, among other features.

It's part of a city-wide effort to turn abandoned buildings into something more than parking spots, reports the CBC.

The city has also turned a transit building into affordable housing, and a bowl-shaped lot that once held Read the Entire Article

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