The end of the year is a time for review and reflection. Here's a look back at a few of the top issues and highlights for the DCA in 2018. Development Work has begun on a section of Ottawa Community Housing’s Rochester Heights with the demolition of residences at 811 Gladstone Avenue. In February, representatives from Ottawa Community Housing spoke at the monthly board meeting where DCA members emphasized the importance of consultation. The 900 Albert development raised the ire of local community groups when city council approved the development application in July, completely ignoring the secondary plan formulated by city staff, landowners, and the community. The plan stated a maximum height of 30 storeys, whereas the approved application includes a 65 storey building. DCA members have voted to appeal the decision to approve application. In January of 2018, the NCC reached a preliminary agreement with RendezVous LeBreton Group for the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats. With rece
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The Community Garden’s Market Day on Sunday, October 14 was a great success. Over 200 people dropped by the gardens on a sunny autumn day. Eight vendors were on hand selling preserves, fresh produce, and a variety of hand-made items. After a very hot growing season, the gardens came to an official close on November 4 with the Annual General Meeting. Budgeting information for the past year and next were shared, as well as what worked and what can be improved for next season. On the list is a new shed, since the last one finally perished in strong winds. After the meeting, members worked together to clean up the gardens. The first ever DCA photo contest closed October 29. Congratulations to Jenna Davies, Fiona Mak, Peter Politis, Katie Shapiro, Terry Steeves, Erica Stillo, and Emily Thorne . The DCA has selected their photos as finalist entries. In early 2019, the finalist photos will be printed, framed, and exhibited at cafe Pressed . Thanks to everyone who participated. The contest g
We are pleased to announce that local cafe Pressed will be the exhibition venue for the finalist photos! In addition to wonderful staff, fantastic food and coffee, they have a superb gallery wall. The contest is closing soon so don't delay - submit your photos here → https://goo.gl/forms/RxeG5MfAvvXXVNwH2 Read more about the contest on the photo contest page .
The tornadoes that struck Ottawa-Gatineau on September 21 knocked the power out in much of Dalhousie, but thankfully damage was limited. Despite the prolonged power outage, the Plant Pool Recreation Association (PPRA) with the wonderful cooperation of the Plant Recreation Centre, decided not to let good desserts go to waste and the annual dessert fundraiser raised over $2000. This money supports a free summer sports program for 10-15 year old youth in the community. The PPRA also held its annual general meeting on October 2, where Councillor Catherine McKenney presented her vision for green space. The DCA photo contest is on! We want to see photos of the neighbourhood - the places, people, and events that make our neighbourhood stand out. All photographers, from pros to beginners, are invited to participate. Finalists will have their images printed and framed, and displayed at a local venue. The contest closes October 29 and finalists will be announced in November. Visit the contes
The DCA photo contest is underway. The theme is the people, places, and events of our neighbourhood. The contest isn't just for pros, anyone who can snap shots with a digital camera can enter. Read more about the contest here . If you've got your photos ready submit them here . Not sure what to photograph? Why not come out for Market Day at the community garden on October 14. Find information on the event's Facebook page . Still have questions? Email us at OttawaDCA@gmail.com
After a hot summer, the DCA is back to regular meetings. In development news, DCA members have voted to appeal the decision to approve the developer’s application for 900 Albert. City council approved the application in July, completely ignoring the secondary plan formulated by city staff, landowners and the community. The plan stated a maximum height of 30 storeys, whereas the approved application includes a 65 storey building. In preparation for the LRT, OC Transpo is changing bus routes, with several changes directly affecting Dalhousie. As of September 2 , the #11 no longer stops on Rideau Street in front of the Rideau Centre, cutting passengers off from the shopping mall and ByWard Market. Route #4 remains the same but the number changes to #10. When the LRT eventually opens, the #85 will proceed north on Booth to Gatineau and Route #16 will be modified to connect with the new Parliament station. Route #14 remains the same. There are several events coming up. The Plant Pool Recr
Our Dalhousie neighbourhood features many examples of historical architecture. A gallery of over 200 photos showcasing properties of heritage value in the Dalhousie neighbourhood is now up for viewing. Many of these properties have been added to the Heritage Reference List thanks to the recommendations of the DCA. Read more and see the full gallery here .
The DCA remains active in a variety of areas. At the June meeting, a representative from Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC) presented on a new project - Building Community... Together. The project aims to bring together Centretown residents of different backgrounds to help respond to rapid changes in the area. The project will be fully underway by August and is seeking people interested in becoming Community Champions. The DCA remains opposed to key items in the development applications for 900 Albert and the East Flats. Formal letters have been sent to the city with concerns about pedestrian connectivity, green and public space, and affordable housing. Also under discussion is the usage of Section 37 funds. Ideas range from a pedestrian bridge across the O-Train tracks, to more green space, to upgrading the stairs connecting lower and upper Empress. Green space and parks are always in demand in Dalhousie. Councillor McKenney is looking for input on community wants and n
The DCA and its members have deep ties to the community and are active in a variety of areas. At the provincial level, the DCA will be involved in the All Candidates Debate taking place at the Glebe Community Centre ( 175 Third Ave. ) on May 17. With all four major parties confirmed, it will be an excellent forum for community associations to press the candidates on important civic themes. At the last meeting, our DCA representative on the Community Association Forum on Environmental Sustainability (CAFES) reported with disappointment that a by-law protecting city trees would not be passed. This has a negative impact on both the environment and public health, since trees mitigate pollution and provide many other benefits. Other members reported that the public meeting on April 26th about developments on Albert Street was well attended. Concerns are ongoing since development plans keep changing. A case in point is the three towers planned at 900 Albert, where the proposed he
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 neighb
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 redevelopm
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
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 Bruyère 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. Wint