“City won’t seek to buy piece of convent property”

10 03 2011

“There will be no levy imposed on the residents of Kitchissippi ward to purchase part of the former Soeurs de la Visitations convent on Richmond Road.

Councillor Katherine Hobbs told her council colleagues Thursday morning that the majority of her residents were opposed to the levy, as were local business groups.

“I am not supporting the purchase of the property,” said Hobbs.

Council closed ranks around Hobbs, with Mayor Jim Watson commending her, saying he has “never seen the number of public meetings held on one issue.”

Councillor Jan Harder called Hobbs “brave” and said the councillor “pulled out all the stops.”

Harder also successfully moved that the city take “cash-in-lieu of parkland” instead of green space from the developer of the site. This will give about $1 million to the ward to be invested in “improving and expanding parkland in Kitchissippi.”

>Read the rest of the story over at the Ottawa Citizen.

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