Assiniboine Community College wants the community to help guide the future of its North Hill campus.
The master planning process began last spring and ACC is now ready to unveil some of its plans and collect community input.
“Ultimately we want the ACC campus to be a go-to place for many reasons, not just for our students and staff but people from the city and region,” said Jack Moes, ACC vice-president academic and chair of the North Hill campus master planning working group. “We want it to be a community asset.”
On Thursday, Sept. 11, students, staff and community members are invited to share their thoughts and opinions regarding the development plan from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts, located on the North Hill campus.
The open house will include an introduction to the campus master planning process and objectives, a summary of feedback from stakeholders to date and resulting preliminary campus concepts, as well as interactive display panels with opportunities to provide input.
“We’re interested in hearing both positive, creative suggestions as well as constructive critique,” Moes said. “We encourage people to bring their friends and neighbours.”
The goal of the master plan, Moes said, is to develop the “guiding principles” around the future of the campus and how it will engage with the community. Along with preserving the heritage of the site, ACC plans to link the campus and community through transportation, biking and walking pathways, as well as recreational and educational opportunities.
ACC has also been working closely with Ontario-based Dialog Inc., which has been involved with several other post-secondary master plans across the country. Moes said they hope to have a master plan draft completed by the early part of 2015.
“It’s a long-term planning horizon,” he said. “It’s not so much to do with specific buildings as it does with the character of the campus and how it will be developed.”
Projects currently in the works for ACC’s North Hill campus include a proposal for a student-led family housing development, and discussions are ongoing surrounding possible recreational sites on portions of the campus.
However, transforming the former site of the Brandon Mental Health Centre into a vibrant post-secondary learning institution has been slow moving.
Although the campus so far has given ACC’s culinary arts, and trades and technology programs room to grow, the final phase of the project is the relocation of its main campus on Victoria Avenue East into the North Hill’s Parkland Building.
Once the relocation project is completed, ACC president Mark Frison told the Sun in an earlier interview that the North Hill campus could help the college grow programs in power engineering, health and safety as well as civic engineering technology.
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