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April newsletter

Development pressure continues in our neighbourhood. The DCA hosted representatives from Claridge Homes at its April meeting. A Development Manager gave an overview of the proposed five towers project at Lebreton East. These will be tall - two at 25 storeys, two at 30, and the last tower at 45 storeys. The height is supposedly to align with city zoning for transit oriented design. Residents in the existing three buildings expressed concern over the resulting density of 1950 new units right next door. Other issues raised by the DCA included affordable housing, and integration with other developments in the vicinity. A public meeting will be held on April 26th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Good Companions Seniors’ Centre (670 Albert St.) that will provide an opportunity for discussion of the Claridge proposal and adjacent developments.

Stephanie Lemieux, community police officer for Centretown, also spoke at the April meeting. She addressed concerns about recent shootings in the neighbourh…

March newsletter

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The DCA continues to monitor several major developments in the neighbourhood. With the potential for thousands of new residents and visitors to the area, there are concerns over the cumulative effect of these projects. Large residential projects are underway at Lebreton East, 900 Albert, Gladstone Village, Rochester Heights, and the Booth Complex. Other large scale developments include the new Central Library, Lebreton Flats, and just to the south of Dalhousie, the new Civic Hospital Campus.

The Ottawa Hospital is moving forward with a community engagement process for the construction of the new Civic Campus. This will include the usual opportunities for online and in-person engagement, and will also include a new campus engagement group that will follow the process over the next three years. The DCA looks forward to participating in the process and encourages construction of a facility that integrates well into the neighbourhood.

Claridge has released revised plans for the redevelopme…

February newsletter

The DCA continues to monitor several major developments in the neighbourhood. Members continue to actively participate in consultations and open houses, and send letters to public and private officials to voice concerns and provide suggestions.

The 900 Albert development is moving forward, though the actual design of the buildings has not been finalized. The developer will be presenting an update at a public open house on February 21st at 6:00 PM at St. Anthony’s Hall. The DCA remains concerned about the south side of the building, which up to now is without any activity beyond truck traffic.

The segment of the 417 that crosses the O-Train tracks and Trillium multi-use pathway (MUP) will be replaced. The proposed replacement bridges are shorter in length than the existing structure and will be inserted using rapid replacement technologies. This will require some detours, affecting both Preston St. and the Trillium MUP. A public information session will be held on Thursday February 22 f…

January newsletter

In 2018, our Dalhousie neighbourhood will continue to grow and evolve. Development proposals are in the works for 770 Somerset St. W. and two parcels of land at 440 and 444 Bronson Ave. An eight-storey, 148-unit building is planned at 811 Gladstone Ave., between Booth and Rochester streets. This is a redevelopment of one section of Ottawa Community Housing’s Rochester Heights, and will be a mixed-income building to be completed by spring 2020.

Representatives from Ottawa Health and Bruy√®re Continuing Care delivered a presentation to the DCA Board on the new provincial smoke-free hospital regulations. As of January 1, 2018 there are no longer designated smoking areas on any hospital property. While the number of smokers at Saint-Vincent’s Hospital is low, concerns were raised about smokers moving to the sidewalk or adjacent residential properties. The hospital stated its commitment to work closely with neighbourhood groups should any problems arise because of the new legislation.

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December newsletter

The year in review
2017 was another busy year in our downtown neighbourhood. The next few decades will see substantial transformation with several major developments happening. Intensification brings challenges but also rewards to local residents.

Ground has recently broken for utilities work at 900 Albert, the vacant lands between the City Centre complex and Albert Street. The proposed development has yet to be approved, but will include up to three residential towers of about 50 stories, mixed with retail and commercial space. The DCA remains concerned about how the development will interact with the neighbourhood, and expects a formal development application in the new year.

Plans for redevelopment of the Booth St. Complex by Canada Lands Corporation are well underway. In the past year, consultations and open houses have been held to gather feedback on how the 6.5 acre area between Booth, Orangeville, Rochester and Norman Streets should be developed. Open access to community spaces an…

November newsletter

Dalhousie Community garden
The Dalhousie Community garden benefited from the extended warm weather in the fall with a good harvest. Gardening has wrapped up for the season with a plot cleanup and an Annual General Meeting. The first year of the garden was a success and planning is underway for next year.

Traffic on Booth Street

Heavy traffic on Booth St. remains an issue. Last June, residents met with Councillor Catherine McKenney and Phil Landry of Ottawa Traffic Services to review the problem. As a result, several improvements have been made, including traffic counts and spot checks by Ottawa police, changes to parking and a reduced speed limit. Two concrete planters at the intersection of Booth and Primrose will bring more greenery to the street as well as further deter speeding.

City of Ottawa Budget 2018
The 2018 City of Ottawa Budget mentions Dalhousie ward a few times. The city has allocated money towards making the intersection of Gladstone Ave. and Rochester St. safer for pedest…

DCA March Newsletter

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Norman OMB Appeal
After years of hard work and preparation by your neighbours, the DCA had its appeal of the decision to build a 10-story condo tower on Norman St. at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). This would be the only tower that was permitted on any of the dead-end residential side streets in our neighbourhood, and will set a dangerous precedent if approved. The OMB is notoriously unfriendly to appeals from community groups, but we remain optimistic that an egregious case of over development will be overturned.
The decision has been reserved, meaning it will be some months before the board delivers a decision.
900 Albert
A proposal has been submitted to redevelop the vacant lands between the City Centre complex and Albert Street, officially known as 900 Albert.
A public open house was held on March 8, and details are now online at 900albert.com. The proposal includes at least three 55-story apartment/condo towers and a substantial amount of retail space. There is also a proposal…