Community meeting re: Development of Sisters of Visitation site

27 01 2010

Ashcroft Homes has invited residents to a meeting to discuss the redevelopment of the Sisters of the Visitation site (the convent and surrounding area) at 114 Richmond Rd. as well as the former Billy’s Appliance site at 90 Richmond Rd.

Here’s your opportunity to give your input into the planning and design of this important site. If you are interested in what happens in your neighbourhood you will want to attend this session.

Monday, February 1st, 2010
7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.
@ St. Georges Church
415 Piccadilly Avenue (downstairs meeting room)

Click here (link opens PDF) for more information.

Do note, this meeting is not being hosted by the WCA, although all Westboro residents are invited to attend.

Please forward this information to any interested parties. Thank you!




2 responses

30 01 2010

Another commitment prevents me from attending this but even if I could, I’m not sure I would. Once again a “public” consultation process for a significant development project that is led entirely by the PRIVATE developer and their architects, planners and consultants. If you’re really lucky, one of the City’s mid-level planners might show up (assuming Hampton-Iona CA and/ or Councillor Leadman have asked for it) but it won’t be in an official capacity. These meetings are the developer’s show and, from my experience, never generate more than the most minor of adjustments to plans that are already well-advanced and have received an un-official green light from the City’s planning department. Sorry for the cynicism folks but the consultation process for development applications in Ottawa has basically been out-sourced.

20 01 2011
Anne Thackray

If the only future for this historic site is an assemblage of condo towers…we’ve really lost the plot for heritage protection. Other countries seem to be able to protect their most important historic buildings. These become major assets in the future, attracting tourism and providing welcome relief from a sea of more modern (and uniform) architecture. Our future, judging from what’s already happened all over Toronto, seems to be wall-to-wall highrise luxury condo towers. Are we incapable of seeing beyond the next 20 years, perpetually tossing away opportunities for historic preservation as if there’s no end to the supply ? Why couldn’t this complex have been used for a mix of university student residences/museum/civic/diplomatic use/public recreation ? For years, we blew it with Maplelawn (which I remember as a private house, well worth seeing). Maplelawn could have been a historic house/garden/orchard…but it’s easier to find another Maplelawn than another historic convent complex. Once the condos go up on this site, they won’t come down.

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