Purchased in 2013 by the Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network, the organization came to be after it received non-profit charitable status and was turned over to a newly formed, 10-member Board of Directors. The Board kick-started the project and began the property’s redevelopment through community support and an innovative social finance plan.
Today, the organization is home to and offers apartment units at both affordable and market rate rents in the completed South Wing, office space for not-for-profit organizations and local businesses, space for performing arts and other community gatherings.
Once the building’s redevelopment is complete, two-thirds of the facility will be dedicated to housing – an innovative array of unit sizes and types for individuals and families of all incomes. Much more than apartment spaces, the organization will offer its residents a soft place to land. Meanwhile, at the heart of this home, will be a food centre to promote food security as well as education and training opportunities.
The Mount Community Centre is also a workplace. On site, will be organizations that work toward the betterment of the broader community. They contribute to the organization’s social fabric and many serve, and support quality of life for residents.
Unparalleled indoor and outdoor spaces will offer opportunities for the community to share in the riches of this place. The gardens, grounds, Austin Doran Hall (the former chapel) and auditorium are regularly rented for weddings, as well as corporate and social events. These infuse The Mount Community Centre with vitality.