YWCA Calgary is expanding its presence in Inglewood by building a new facility at 1715 17 Avenue SE, the current site of WestKey Storage. The YW Sheriff King Home, which opened in the neighbourhood in 1984, will continue to operate in its current location, though users can expect some of its programs to be relocated to the new complex once it opens in late 2019.

A rendering showcases the modern design of the complex, image via Kasian

The new YW 'hub' facility broke ground in the fall, and recent photos from the site show groundworks taking place to prepare the Kasian-designed building for its rise. The project will provide accessible supports for women and their families, including transitional housing, counselling, education and employment skill training, and child development and parenting programming. It will serve as a supportive and transitional shelter for 100 women, with 90 childcare spaces, fitness and wellness areas, and a community kitchen also being included within the development.

The new hub replaces a storage facility, image via Kasian

The $60 million development is partly being financed through the 2015 sale of YW's downtown property at 320 5th Avenue SE. The outstanding money — roughly $40 million — is being collected through fundraising and government contributions.

A concrete slab will form the foundation, image by Forum contributor Surrealplaces

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