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Reid Park Re-Development: preliminary concept plans

Reid Park Re-Development

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As many of you know, we wrapped up our public consultation process to re-design Reid Park. We’ve submitted our wish-list to City planners, who have in-turn created professional preliminary concept plans. Going forward with this process, we are in the planner’s hands; they are as excited about this project as we are.


Edits sought - Kitchissippi COA primer

Last night, I spent a while on the phone with a Kitchissippi resident who has heard that the neighbouring property is likely to be torn down, and a larger home built if approved by the Committee of Adjustment. It's a conversation I have a few times a month. We're seeing a march of infill development in the ward that's replacing the existing housing stock, and people have lots of questions.


Open letter to XYZ: please don't park in the bike lane

To the management of XYZ Heating and Cooling,


Lebreton plans revealed

Today, the two plans for Lebreton Flats were revealed. Both see a major revitalization of the Flats with thousands of new residents, a new home for professional hockey in Ottawa, and truly exciting proposals for public amenities and a new contribution to a dynamic urban fabric downtown.


MUP changes

UPDATE: I've posted a video to highlight the newly-opened multi-use path that runs next to Tom Brown, and the January 31 construction closure. 


On January 31, a portion of the MUP connecting the newly-opened northern MUP to Bayview station will be closed as Rideau Transit Group demolishes, then re-builds, the structure to handle the future LRT.


Parkdale/Wellington proposal to Committee of Adjustment

There is a major development coming to the Committee of Adjustment (CoA) next week (February 3) for the corner of Parkdale and Wellington - a nine-storey seniors' residence being proposed by Taggart. Take a look at the plans for 1166 Wellington St. here.


Westfest fundraiser - this'll be epic

I'm thrilled to have been asked by Westfest festival organizer Elaina Martin to host a fundraiser for the event on Sunday, March 6 at 3-8  pm at the Orange Art Gallery. It's going to be an incredible evening - the list of participating acts and local business support is as long as anything I've seen in a long time. I'll be particularly looking forward to back-to-back live music with Lynn Miles, Holly McNarland and John Allair, as well as Lynne Hanson, Cody Coyote, Andrew Vincent and Maria Hawkins. Tickets are $100, and they're going to sell out.


Armstrong study student report sets up next steps

The study exploring Armstrong Street's future development is starting to take shape nicely now that the McGill students hired by the Wellington West BIA have completed their report based on your feedback. Recall that in November, those students held an open house to explore zoning, transportation and other considerations for Armstrong.


Parkdale United hate graffiti

This morning, many will have seen news (Le Droit and the Sun) of the hate crime perpetrated against the Parkdale United Church last week. Racist graffiti was scrawled across the building: "nigger" and a reference to Tupac that is sometimes used as a veiled threat of violence.


Bus detour, day one

This morning was the first real test for the Scott Street bus detour, and I was onsite for a couple of hours through the morning peak to observe how it went. There are two categories of concerns that I and the community have had in the run-up to this: the impact on residents immediately adjacent, and the safety of pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and passengers through the corridor.