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Get the dirt before it flies !

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Mayor watson responds to Soho Italia concerns

Dear Mr. Darwin,


Thank you for your email to me dated February 9, 2011. Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay in my reply to you on this matter. As Mayor in a city as large as ours, I receive hundreds of emails on a daily basis and I strive to ensure each one gets a reply.

I value your feedback on this particular project and would like to thank you for taking the time to write expressing the views and concerns on behalf of the Dalhousie Community Association.

Regards,

Jim Watson
Mayor
City of Ottawa

OC Transpo Route Changes in our neighborhood

OC Transpo will be making a number of bus route changes that affect our neighborhood. We will post details of those changes when known. OC Transpo is holding a public event on

Tuesday, March 29th

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Ottawa City Hall, Jean Pigott Place, 110 Laurier Avenue West
http://www.octranspo1.com/routes/2011_network_optimization

2011 Network Optimization Proposals: Public Consultation

OC Transpo is seeking customer feedback into the network service proposal that supports the approved 2011 Budget. The plan proposes redesigning the network to make routes more direct, productive, and reliable, while ensuring that we can keep fares down and make our transit system sustainable for the long term.

While over 90% of customers will be unaffected by the proposed changes, some will have to walk a little farther to a bus stop, and service on some routes will be reduced. As a valued customer, we want to make sure you are aware of what is being proposed. …

Dalhousie Report, March 2011

by Eric Darwin, President, Dalhousie Community Association



Exciting Guest Speakers:  The Dalhousie Community Association will hold its annual general meeting (AGM) on April 6, 2011. We are very excited that our guest speakers will be John Doran and Rick Morris of Domicile Developments. This firm has been active in Centretown, Dalhousie, and other wards for decades. They build townhouses, small and mid-rise apartments. Their talk will cover how much it costs to build infills, what factors determine "how big" and "how much" and "how tall", where the money goes, and what they do with the revenues. Should be very interesting and educational as condomania and infills appear throughout our neighborhoods.

The meeting begins at 7pm at the Dalhousie Community Centre, 3rd floor, 755 Somerset Street at Empress. This could be the best hour you spend this year! And the cookies are free.

High Rise Intensification: Soho Italia. The March meeting of the Dalhousie Communit…

DCA approves small-lot infill

A few posts back we noted the infill proposed for the corner of Preston and Norman. The proposed lot is tiny. There is no parking. Yet we wrote to the City to approve of it. Why?

First, the site is zoned six floors, and building something at three floors essentially preserves the site and buildings as low rise residential, in keeping with the Preston Street "village" plan, for the next 25 or 30 years.  Given the severe upzonings on small lots that the city is now approving, we decided to take what was offered today rather than risk something taller tomorrow.

As for parking, the lot curently has three or four off-street parking spaces. These spaces make parking on the street there impossible. Removing the 3 off-street private spaces opens up the curb line for two or three on-street spaces that will receive higher usage. So it is better use of scarce parking resources.

Finally, we considered that the low rise infill better fit in with the rest of Norman Street and will help …