A couple of months ago my oldest son Byron in Calgary wanted to show me his new office space (they run a high end construction company and usually have an office in a portable trailer on site http://brookwright.ca/). He brought me to this place: https://gotradespace.com/
The space is really a converted warehouse.
There is a receptionist and a reception area (in front of the coffee bar you see in the pictures), a boardroom you can book as a resident so you can have meetings with clients, and then there is the “picnic” area with the tables and artificial turf (they had their Christmas gathering there) and beside that are shipping containers that are divided into cubicles that can be used for recording podcasts and other creative ventures. The rest is warehousing space. There’s more but those are some of the things that stood out. Anything can be rented for short periods of time. In fact for a few dollars you can come and work in the reception area for part of a day. This building was adapted to attract those in the building trades (hence the name Tradespace) but the idea can be broadened into other categories, such as community hub.
I have long been interested in the idea of multi use buildings, with flexibility of purpose kinda built into them. This goes in that direction. So, I’m imagining a building like this behind the church, with offerings that are oriented to our area. I think of a preschool, maybe an indoor agility course for dogs (http://www.paceagility.org/), a non-profit coffee shop (https://goodneighbourcoffee.ca/), a community theatre area, some offices for maybe community nursing or something like that. Etc Etc. SOOOO many possibilities!