March newsletter

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 redevelopment of an eastern segment of  Lebreton, referred to as 'East Flats'. The proposal has a number of new buildings ranging from 25 to 45 stories and almost 2000 new residential units. The DCA will meet with the developer in the near future for a full presentation on how the project rationale responds to concerns raised by the community and Urban Design Review panel.

In February, representatives from Ottawa Community Housing spoke at the monthly board meeting where timelines, constraints, and objectives were discussed in reference to the upcoming Rochester Heights and Gladstone Village developments. DCA members emphasized the importance of consultation, and also stressed a desire to see adherence to the city’s Zoning and Official Plan, including a maximum of 6 storey buildings on Gladstone, which is zoned as a traditional main street. The importance of catering to families’ needs was also underscored and that higher bedroom counts are needed to ensure a full range of family sizes in the neighbourhood.

In January, RBC Bluesfest organizers held a community open house at the Tom Brown Arena to discuss festival issues with the Ottawa community at large. On March 29, Bluesfest organizers will meet to discuss specifically the festival’s impact on our community. At issue is general safety and security, as well as property damage caused by festival goers as they come and go from the festival. 

Ottawa's largest privately owned tree to come down.
The Doherty tree

With sadness we will say goodbye this month to the largest privately owned tree in the city. Situated in shared backyards of Rochester and Elm streets, this Eastern cottonwood tree is over 100 years old, 11 metres around, and over 30 meters tall. It was likely planted by the first owner of the property,  Michael Doherty, sometime shortly after the great fire when he rebuilt the house he had built there in 1896. Because of concerns about its age and condition, a decision has been made to take it down. Come celebrate and say goodbye on Saturday March 17 at 2 p.m. in the backyard at 63 Rochester

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