Collective Design Process

In the fall of 2020, members and friends of Bannerman Green participated in a Collective Design Process to explore the character and style of building that would best express our vision and embody the values of the Project Charter. With the goal of soliciting ideas and feedback from as wide a group of stakeholders as possible, Bannerman Green members dropped an invitation to participate in the Collective Design Process at about 150 homes around the Bannerman and St. Cross site. This wider consultation was crucial in developing a design that would not only suit the future residents of the co-op, but would also fit well into the neighbourhood and enhance the community.

About 30 people expressed interest in being part of the consultation. These sessions were conducted via video-chat and led by Dudley Thompson, using materials developed in his architectural practice. Three groups considered options and shared ideas about a wide range of variables including the size and design of the building(s), orientation on the lot, and features that would support and enhance the lives and activities of residents.

The Collective Design Process was a key step in translating the group’s vision into tangible terms so that Bannerman Green can apply for Seed funding through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

OPEN HOUSE OCT 2023

Community Open House Presentation

Saturday October 14, 2023 On the site of 64 Bannerman

Bannerman Green Housing Co-op Inc. held an Open House on the vacant land for one of the proposed buildings at 64 Bannerman on Saturday October 14, 2023 from 2 to 5pm. The intent of the event was to meet with our neighbours and friends to talk with them about our preliminary concept plans for the housing co-op that we are proposing to construct in the community. A week previously, volunteer members of the co-op had distributed over one thousand one-page notices of the meeting to the areas surrounding the proposed co-op sites – from Main to Scotia Streets and St John’s Park to Mathieson Avenue. This is attached for information.

Ten large boards had been prepared by Prairie Architects Inc. to explain the details of the project and these were set up on tripods on the site. Coffee from Modern Coffee and treats from Gunn’s Bakery were available for guests. Eight members of the co-op were present to lead people through the drawings and answer questions or respond to concerns. Throughout the afternoon, we had in the range of 125-150 people attending as well as many dogs. Over eighty people formally signed an attendance document with contact information. All twenty membership forms were taken by guests and many additional who asked for membership forms were told to download this from our website. It was a warm but overcast day and quite large groups of people attended from start to finish in the afternoon.

Some of the afternoon comments were as follows:

  • Overall reactions were very positive with many community members impressed with the work that the group had initiated and the level of thought that went into the visual connection to the neighbourhood. Many thought it was a “great vision for the neighbourhood”.
  • One nearby neighbour was concerned about vibration and dirt from the site and an impact on his home. When we explained that we were looking at screw piles, shallow foundations and a contractor that would come around and take photos before starting work, he seemed satisfied that his concerns were addressed.
  • There was a lot of interest in the zero-carbon and zero-energy aspects of the project especially the roof-top solar panels, the thick walls, growing boxes on balconies and biofilia connecting the residence to nature.
  • A real estate agent was concerned that a co-op was not in keeping with home ownership in the neighbourhood. It was pointed out that up to 26 local homes would be coming on the market
    for individual ownership with the development of the co-op.
  • An adjacent neighbour said he was thrilled with the design of the rear of the building as he had been expecting a blank wall and instead it had balconies, common areas, a patio and gardens.
  • A number of people asked if they could get more regular notices about the work of the co-op. We mentioned that this was the third pamphlet to be dropped in the area in the last 3 years, but agreed to connect more with people.
  • A number of people suggested that the upper balconies on the three-storey building would overlook neighbour’s yards. We agreed but pointed out that many of the houses in the area are 3 storeys and do look down on adjacent yards
  • Many people liked the idea of expanding the boulevard of St Cross Street to make it more pedestrian friendly at the corner of Bannerman and Polson especially in relation to kids walking to the school
  • Some neighbours liked the existing home at 59 Bannerman just as it was and didn’t want it to change. We pointed out that any developer could purchase it at any time and build a 7-unit residence there. As a community-based non-profit group, we pointed out that we are trying to retain as much as possible and find a good fit for additional units.
  • There was a lot of discussion about geo-thermal heating and cooling and a number of adjacent residents were very interested in having their homes converted to geo if that was possible in the redevelopment. We mentioned about the possible implementation of a geothermal utility that we were exploring.
  • Several people were impressed that 100% of new units were designed to be fully accessible suites and thought that was important to ensure in our neighbourhood.
  • There was a concern that the project would increase taxes in the community. We responded that the project would bring in additional property taxes on 24 additional units. We also indicated that a zero-energy and zero-water building would require very little demand from existing infrastructure.
  • A lack of parking spaces was noted by a number of people. We explained that 1 or 2 Peg City car share vehicles would be parked at one or two of the sites. We also explained that the intent of the co-op was to be zero carbon and there was a commitment to have fewer cars in the long-term. Short-term we would be looking to rent empty garages in the local area.
  • Several people liked the idea of new trees and orchards on the expanded boulevards and gardens in yards

After the event, a thank you letter was sent by email to the 80 or so attendees that left contact information. This is attached for information. Photographs of the event were taken by co-op members.

They are attached below to illustrate the afternoon.

You are Invited!

Bannerman Green Not-for-Profit Housing Co-op invites all neighbours in the Luxton/St. John’s community to a Drop-in Open House to hear about and see our developing plans to build a multi-site co-op demonstrating net-zero energy and zero
carbon.

When:

Saturday October 14, 2023, from 2 – 5 p.m.

Where:

64 Bannerman Avenue – the empty lot at the
corner of Bannerman Ave and St. Cross St.
(with 59 Bannerman Ave. as our rain back-up)

Come chat with members of the co-op and see the architectural
drawings for the main new building plus two nearby deepretrofitted homes.

October 20, 2023

Hello Neighbours and Friends of Bannerman Green:

On behalf of the Bannerman Green Not-for-Profit Housing Co-op membership, we would like to thank you for finding time to drop by our recent information open house. We very much value the benefit of your questions, concerns, and suggestions about plans for our 12-unit new building and two nearby deep-retrofitted 6-unit homes. Indeed, we are encouraged, not only by the interest expressed as evidenced in Saturday’s high turnout, but also by such thoughtful participation.

While the story boards that you viewed Saturday are an attempt to convey an overall basic picture of our vision and design work over the past 3 years, we have a long road to travel before construction begins. We must still deal with a myriad of decisions pertaining to design, financing, approvals, construction, and occupancy itself. Accordingly, we are not only grateful for the input we received on Saturday, but we look forward to other opportunities for your feedback and comments as the design process moves forward refining plans and particulars over the next year.

Meanwhile, we would like to suggest that you visit our Bannerman Green Housing Co-op website (https://bannermangreen.ca/) in case you haven’t yet checked it out. There you will find information on becoming a member and how to access detailed information about the Coop including the design boards shared on Saturday at our open house.

Thanks again for your participation in this important, innovative, and exciting adventure of individuals working together to model new ways of creating housing and building community. And not only that — we can begin to address the climate-change crisis and problems our children and grandchildren are now set to inherit.

Warm regards,

Executive Committee
Bannerman Green Housing Co-op Inc.
c/o 153 Scotia Street
Winnipeg Manitoba
R2W 3X2

We acknowledge that we are on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabeg (Ojibway), Ininiw (Cree), Anishininiw (OjiCree), Dakota (Sioux), Dene and Inuit Peoples, and on the homeland of the Metis Nation, and that Bannerman Green is located in the heart of Treaty One Territory in what is now called the Province of Manitoba. Our water is sourced from the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, and our hydroelectric power is extracted from treaty territories. We dedicate ourselves to walking together in partnership with all people in a spirit and practice of reconciliation and collaboration.