Showing posts from September, 2009

Construction Notice - Booth at Albert / Old Wellington

September 28, 2009 Dear Resident/Owner: Re: West End Regulator Upgrade The firm of Taggart Construction Ltd has been engaged by the City of Ottawa to carry out the reconstruction the West End Regulators, the main site that is located at the intersection of Booth Street and Old Wellington Street. In addition there will be some additional works on the adjacent Transitway as well as the intersection of Old Wellington Street and Brickhill Street. It is proposed that work on the Regulators will commence in October 2009, with a completion of the project by the end of July 2010. It should be noted that the alignment of Booth Street between the Transitway and Albert Street would be shifted to the west to facilitate the construction of the regulator at Booth and Old Wellington. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained on Booth Street in each direction throughout the construction period. Due to spatial constraints associated with Booth Street alignment shift, the sidewalk on the east s

Rally on Red Friday

There will be a rally on Friday Oct 2 at Dundonald Park in support of the families of Cdn troops. Here is a press release: FestivAsia Celebrates Red Fridays OTTAWA –FestivAsia, in partnership with the Canadian Forces, will formally kick off this year’s festival on Friday, October 2nd, with a Red Rally at Dundonald Park (Somerset Street W. between Lyon & Bay Street). This is an opportunity for the Asian community and the Canadian Forces to show their appreciation and support for each other. Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, Commander Maritime Command and the Canadian Forces Champion for Visible Minorities, will be present at the Red Rally from noon to 1 p.m. Other Canadian Forces members will also take part. FestivAsia is a diverse cultural celebration organized by the Ottawa Chinatown Business Improvement Area and its partnering organizations. It is an event contributing to the local and regional economies through increased tourism and its vibrant merchants activities. It also act

Committee of Adjustment / Minor Variance applications

The committee of adjustment meets on Oct 7th to consider two applications in Dalhousie Ward. If either of these concern you, please let us know immediately. The mixed use property shown above, located at the corner of Somerset and Rochester, wishes to use ground floor store fronts for office space. There are a number of vacant store fronts along Somerset, and these units have been vacant for at least one year, maybe two, since the building was constructed. This building at 18 Louisa, between LeBreton and Bell,  is part of the former St Agnes school and is now a social centre associated with a nearby church. The application is to permit tandem parking (two cars on one space, so the first car cannot leave until the second one does) which may already be in place for those spaces under the gym room (the part of the building shown on stilts) or along the fence.

On-Going Activities at the DCA

The DCA constantly reacts to on-going events that originate in the community, and to outside agencies that have plans that affect the community, and to new developments. There is a continuous stream of Committe of Adjustment applications, Zoning changes, and development applications to examine. We also have a number of on-going activities. These are not formally set up as (sub)committees - we are too small for that. But rather enthusiastic fellow residents get involved in an issue and follow up on it and keep the rest of informed. Through this blog, we hope to keep more residents informed. Here are some of the on-going interests: - participating in the Carling-Bayview Community Design Plan. This study was well underway when it was aborted by the City, but we lobby to get it reactivated, and it now appears it will resume within the next few months. It will shape future development along the OTrain corridor. -DOTT - the Downtown Ottawa Transit Tunnel and the LRT project from Tunn

Meeting Minutes, Sept 2, 2009

 Present: Charles Akben-Marchand, Eric Darwin, Archie Campbell, Ida Henderson, Ann Cavlovic, Emilie Hayes, Fauza Mohamed, Jessica Scallen, Laura Bergen, Rachel Pereira, Phil Robinson, David Seaborn, Grace Xin. 1. Minutes of July Meeting: accepted with two minor corrections, moved by Archie and seconded by Ann. 2. Guest Speaker: Emilie Hayes spoke of the Community Development Framework. The process provides a community animator/facilitator and a process for identifying needs in a particular smaller community area. The first focus is on the Rochester Heights housing complex (Gladstone and Booth) and next year may expand to the City Living housing along Albert Street. David Seaborn volunteered to attend their bi-monthly steering committee. Fauza Mohamed spoke of the Rochester Heights community house, a single townhouse that has been converted to a small community centre for the immediate neighborhood. It offers various programs and a place to meet for residents of the Heights. 3.

Lansdowne Park Live / redevelopment, 8 Sept 2009

Letter sent from the DCA to: Larry.OBrien, Georges.Bedard, Michel.Bellema., Rainer.Bloess, Glenn.Brooks, Rick.Chiarelli, Alex.Cullen, Diane.Deans, steve.desroches, Clive.Doucet, Eli.El-Chantiry, Peggy.Feltmate, Jan.Harder, Diane.Holmes, Peter.Hume, Gord.Hunter, Rob.Jellett, christine.lead., Jacques.Legend., Maria.Mcrae, bob.monette, shad.qadri, Doug.Thompson, marianne.wilki., friendsoflansd.  Dear members of Ottawa City Council, The Dalhousie Community Association prefers an open and public process to redevelop Lansdowne Park, which we do not see in the current Lansdowne Live proposal. Sincerely, Eric Darwin President Dalhousie Community Association