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174 Forward Ave Development - Revised Plans

You may recall in February, we held an Open House to discuss a proposed development at 174 Forward Ave. At the time, the applicant initially proposed an eight-storey residential building containing 24 units and six parking spaces.  Concerns were raised by the local residents and the Mechanicsville Community Association (MCA) with regard to the proposed height, locations of the parking garage and the waste collection room, and the reduced corner side yard.


Bayview Friendship Park Improvements & Environmental Remediation Work

Over the past two years, our office has been working to address a concern brought forward to us by the community regarding Bayview Friendship Park. There was a request from the community to remove the sand around the playground equipment since it was attracting cat feces. In addition, there were community concerns about the stairway access from Hilda being closed during the winter months, and the overall accessibility of the park.


1705 Carling proposal: Site Plan Application updates

You may recall in late Spring, we held an open house with the community to discuss the Site Plan Control Application for a development at 1705 Carling Ave (Webb's Motel).  The applicant made a few changes to the current application, as follows:


Fairmont Park - Pathway Improvements

The City of Ottawa is undertaking a pathway improvement project at Fairmont Park. Attached below, you'll see the first concept design for the proposed new ashpalt pathways. We would very much appreciate your feedback. PLease consider sending your comments to our office at as well as to the lead park planner, Mary Ellen at

Thank you and we look forward to hearing your thoughts. 


Byron Avenue Traffic Calming project beginning

It's been a long wait, but the Byron Avenue Traffic Calming project is now underway. Attached, you will find the notice distributed recently to nearby residents and businesses. Work is expected to be completed by November.




Flooding issues in Kitchissippi

We are hearing more and more from Kitchissippi residents who are, quite frankly, living in fear of the next sudden rainstorm. We have been seeing more and more of these more sudden, more intense weather events and with it, more reports of residential flooding.


Merivale Road to be closed for Highway 417 bridge construction

For immediate release:                         
August 10, 2018

Ottawa – Starting Monday, August 13 at 6 am, Merivale Road will be closed in both directions for approximately ten weeks between Island Park Drive and Carling Avenue.  

The closure is required for public and worker safety reasons, as the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) completes construction to widen Highway 417 between Maitland Avenue and Island Park Drive. The work involves widening of the Merivale Road Bridge.


Laroche Park renewal and remediation plans

On July 25, the City held the first of three public consultations for the renewal and remediation of Laroche Park. The Mechanicsville Community was invited to review initial concept plans and provide its initial feedback. The presentation (posted here) included the background of the park and proposed work to be included as part of the renewal project. An accessible format of the attached presentation and comment sheet will soon be posted on the City of Ottawa website.


The comment period will remain open until September 14th, 2018.



Filing Traffic Reports Online: Public meeting August 15

Our office and the Ottawa Police Service invite you to attend a meeting August 15, 7pm at the Van Lang Fieldhouse to discuss how to report traffic issues to the police.

Traffic continue to be a main concern for residents of Kitchissippi Ward. The more we intensify, the more cars we seem to find on our streets. Our office gets multiple emails a day about cars that drive too fast, cruise through stop signs, or don’t follow various signage restrictions (local traffic, one-way, no right turns, etc).


Churchill and Athlone bridge work starting soon

Work will begin soon on the Churchill and Athlone bridges over the west Transitway. Here is the notice sent to nearby residents:


Churchill Bridge and Athlone Bridge Reconstruction

(over the West transitway)

Contract No. ISD17-5015




July 2018



Dear Resident,