Ashcroft Homes Convent Development Open House – January 10, 2018

8 12 2017

From the office of Councillor Jeff Leiper, Kitchissippi Ward:

Ashcroft Homes is proposing an adaptive re-use of Les Soeurs de la Visitation Convent at their 114 Richmond Rd site, which would see the building partially demolished and encapsulated in glass, combining heritage and modern elements. The refreshed convent would see office tenants and mixed commercial. We invite you to come and learn more about this proposed development during a community open house:


Van Lang Field House (29 Van Lang Pvt)

Information on the proposed development will be available from Ashcroft Homes, and City of Ottawa staff in both Heritage and Planning will be on hand to field additional questions regarding process. Of course, we are also interested in your feedback. Once the plans are available online, we will make sure to circulate them in the newsletter. We encourage you to send our office, as well as the planners, notes with your thoughts on the proposed development.

More info will be posted here once it’s available:



CBC.CA: New developer plans to partially demolish Westboro convent for commercial use

8 12 2017

New developer plans to partially demolish Westboro convent for commercial use

Ashcroft Homes to present plans to for 19th Century convent in January

Ashcroft Homes, which owns Les Soeurs de la Visitation Convent in Westboro, is proposing to renovate the site by partially demolishing it and building a glass enclosure to encase both modern and heritage elements.

Another pitched development battle is brewing in Westboro over a new proposal by Ashcroft Homes to partially demolish a 19th-century convent designated as a heritage building to make way for commercial uses.

Ashcroft’s “adaptive re-use” of Les Soeurs de la Visitation Convent will be encapsulated in glass and combine both heritage and modern elements, according to information posted on the website of Kitchissippi ward Coun. Jeff Leiper.

Ashcroft is proposing to modernize the stone building to attract commercial and office tenants.

The developer — along with City of Ottawa staff in both the planning and Heritage departments — will present more details in a public open house next month.

Expect a fight, says councillor

Leiper has warned Ashcroft to expect a fight from residents and from council.

“This is almost certain to generate a significant amount of community backlash. It will be difficult for me to support any modification to that building,” Leiper said.

The city made it clear to Ashcroft in 2010 that preserving the convent was one of the conditions it had to commit to when it was given permission to purchase the property, he said.

Kitchissippi residents will also demand Ashcroft keep its initial promise to use the 147 year-old building for community space, he said. When it was awarded the development rights to the two-hectare site, Ashcroft pitched council a vision to use the former monastery to hold neighborhood gatherings and art installations. Stores and office space were not part of the deal, Leiper said.

“There is a need for community facilities in the neighborhood,” Leiper said. “Ashcroft has a real challenge to convince the public to support the addition of more commercial space.”

The Kitchissippi councillor said there is already bad blood in the ward stemming from Ashcroft’s previous deviation from council-approved plans.

Ashcroft’s controversial redevelopment for the convent property was the subject of a three-day planning committee in 2010, where dozens of residents spoke against the plan. Ashcroft paid $12 million dollars for the property on Richmond Road at Island Park Drive.

 Ashcroft’s development on the convent lands is recognized around the city as the type of “main street development we don’t want,” Leiper said.

Leiper says Ashcroft’s development on Richmond Road, which dwarfs the convent behind it, is an example of what not to develop on a main street.

‘This place is sacred — like a church’

Ashcroft has not filed a formal land use application for the convent, according to city staff.

Glimpses of the structure built in the mid-1800s can be seen through the archways of an adjacent Ashcroft-developed glass condominium on Richmond Rd and Island Park Drive.

The stone building has sat empty for more than seven years. It is currently fenced off with its windows boarded up, and wooden support beams propping up some of its walls. Despite its state of disrepair, Marthe Ledoux, 77, said Ashcroft must keep its promise to the community to restore the building.

Westboro resident Marthe Ledoux questions the developer’s ability to attract commercial space to the site.

“This place is sacred, like a church,” Ledoux said. She has lived in Westboro for nearly two decades and resides across the street in another Ashcroft development on Richmond Road and said from the window of her modern condo, she sees half a dozen unrented retail storefronts surrounding the convent. She has doubts Ashcroft will be able to attract commercial interest in the site.

“Why would commercial space come here (to the convent) when they don’t come on the main street?” she asked.

Site needs sponsor, developer says

Ashcroft Homes president David Choo was unwilling to be interviewed, but in a brief email exchange he told the CBC restoring a large heritage site like the convent requires a “sponsor.”

“If heritage assets are to be preserved and that is what we are trying to do — then how can we achieve (this) given the enormous cost of such an undertaking…. The convent needs several millions to even begin to adapt and the question is who pays?”

Choo did not answer questions about how much his company has spent to preserve the building since purchasing it in 2010.

The public hearing for Ashcroft’s long-awaited proposal for the convent will take place Jan. 10 at Van Lang Field House at 6 p.m.


Cornerstone Housing for Women: Benefit on November 26

20 11 2017

Safe, secure housing is the vital first step for many women to break the cycles of homelessness, poverty, and abuse. Cornerstone Housing for Women provides emergency shelter and safe affordable permanent housing for women in Ottawa. It’s creating 42 supportive housing apartments in the former Sisters of Jeanne d’Arc residence on Princeton Street in Westboro.

Music for the benefit will be supplied by Ottawa’s Main Street Market Band, a world music quartet that features a mix of acoustic jazz, folk, African and Latin sounds. Band members come from Brazil, Chile, Benin and Canada.

WhenSunday November 26th, 2:30 p.m.

Where: 312 Spencer Street

More information about Cornerstone can be found at:

More information about the Main Street Market Band can be found at:

Site Plan Control Application – 386 Richmond Road

19 11 2017

Fro the City of Ottawa:

Please be advised that the Planning Services has received an application for a Site Plan Control application for 386 Richmond Road.

The subject site is located in Westboro, between Churchill Avenue North to the east and Roosevelt Avenue to the west. The site is approximately 343 square metres with 10 metres of frontage along Richmond Road. It is currently occupied by a one storey vacant commercial space fronting Richmond Road that transitions into a one and a half storey duplex residence at the rear of the building. There is currently a driveway on the eastern side of the site, providing access to parking at the rear. To the north, the site abuts Richmond Road, beyond which is a number of two-storey commercial, office, and restaurant uses that front onto Richmond Road. To the east, south, and west, the site abuts one- and two-storey commercial and office buildings.

The purpose of this Site Plan Control application is to develop a six-storey mixed-use building. The proposed uses include at-grade commercial, second floor office use, and a total of 16 dwelling units. No vehicular parking spaces are proposed.

Westboro Community Association Annual General Meeting

19 11 2017

Tuesday November 21st, 2017
Westboro Community Association
Annual General Meeting
Churchill Seniors Center 7:00 PM

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, November 21 at 345 Richmond Road (Churchill Seniors Centre):

  • 6:30 PM doors and community kiosks open
  •  7:00 PM reports from Board of Directors
  • Election of new Board of Directors
  • Special guest speakers include Patrick Nadeau (Ottawa Riverkeeper), Jessie Granger & Julia Robertson (Rainwater Project), Dave Adams (Sir John A McDonald 2018 winter trails), and Sue Garvey (Cornerstone)
  • Open Forum with City Councillor Jeff Leiper
  • Refreshments served

Come out to meet your neighbours and discuss the issues that are important to our community!

Membership is required to vote but you can attend without joining. Membership is $10 for one year or ($20 for family membership.)

We are always looking for new board members who want to bring their talents to our community. Questions or interest in being a board member? Email us at or contact

See the attached agenda for additional information.

Hope to see you on the 21st!

AGM Agenda 2017

University of Ottawa Choir Mozart Concert: December 3

15 11 2017
Mozart Concert
The University of Ottawa Choir presents two of Mozart’s greatest vocal works: the famous Requiem in D minor and the beautiful Vesperae solennes de Confessore. Musical direction: Michel Guimont. Soloists: Maghan McPhee (soprano), Danielle Vaillancourt (mezzo-soprano), Philip Klaassen (tenor) and Cairan Ryan (baritone). Piano: Nick Rodgerson and Jenna Richards.
Where: St. Joseph’s Church, Ottawa (Wilbrod and Cumberland)
When: Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.
$30 ($25 in advance) $15 students
Concert Mozart
La Chorale de l’Université d’Ottawa présente deux grandes œuvres de Mozart, le célèbre Requiem en ré mineur ainsi que les magnifiques Vêpres solennelles pour un confesseur. Direction : Michel Guimont. Solistes : Maghan McPhee (soprano), Danielle Vaillancourt (mezzo-soprano), Philip Klaassen (ténor) et Cairan Ryan (baryton). Piano : Nick Rodgerson et Jenna Richards.
Où : église St. Joseph à Ottawa (Wilbrod et Cumberland)
Quand : dimanche 3 décembre 2017, à 15 h
Billets :
30 $ (25 $ à l’avance) 15 $ prix étudiant

Rochester Field Rezoning Application: Hearing Delayed

10 11 2017

Please note that the hearing for the Rochester Field rezoning application has been rescheduled to the end of January Planning Committee meeting.

More information will be posted once it is available.


Please see the attached poster (below) for additional information.

Now is your chance to tell the NCC and the City how you feel about mid/high rise development on Rochester Field.

Email comments by Oct 16 to:
City of Ottawa Planning or
110 Laurier Ave W, 4th floor, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
613-580-2424 x 23463

Contact City Councillor Jeff Leiper:


Contact Mayor Jim Watson:


Speak at the Planning Meeting at City Hall:
Champlain Room, 110 Laurier Avenue W.
Nov 14, 9:30 AM
Contact Melody Duffenais to register
613-580-2424 x 23463

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