City of Brandon Continues Review of Community Centre Facilities

May 5, 2017


Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon’s Development Services Division and the City of Brandon Community Services Department wish to provide an update on the ongoing work being done to assess the physical condition and usage of Brandon’s various community centre buildings.

The City of Brandon owns the nine community centre buildings located in Brandon; however, daily operation, care and control of the facilities is delegated, pursuant to City of Brandon By-law, to the Brandon Central Council of Community Centres and each centre’s individual board of directors, the latter of which are responsible for leasing or renting space in each facility.

In late 2016, mould and structural issues were identified at the Valleyview Community Centre, located at 77 Whillier Drive, resulting in the ongoing temporary closure of the facility. It also brought about the need for a comprehensive assessment on all community centre buildings, work on which began earlier this spring and is being conducted by City of Brandon staff.

As a result of this ongoing assessment, the City of Brandon’s Department of Planning, Property and Buildings has identified a number of serious building safety violations at the South End Community Centre, located at 1140 9th Street, which have necessitated its closure to the public, effective immediately. The City of Brandon’s Community Services Department, in conjunction with the Brandon Central Council of Community Centres, will work with the South End Community Centre to help accommodate current user groups and future bookings. However, as the identified issues with the building are greater than current budgeted finances, no re-opening date for the South End Community Centre is being considered at this time.

Meanwhile, mould remediation is scheduled to begin at Valleyview Community Centre this month, with work to address the building’s foundation issues to follow in the next several weeks. It is currently the City of Brandon’s intent to have the Valleyview Community Centre’s main tenant, the Valleyview Kid Zone Inc. day-care centre, able to return to the building’s main floor in mid-July.

Building condition assessments and centre usage data are being compiled for all remaining community centre facilities, after which time a full summary report will be presented to Brandon City Council for consideration. The City of Brandon asks for the patience and understanding of all Community Centre boards, volunteers, user groups, and the public as it works to determine the best course of action for these community facilities.