cbc.ca: Westboro curling club turns to redevelopment to sweep away tax troubles

31 10 2019

Deal could see new club built at nearby park, but some neighbours wary

The Granite Curling Club of West Ottawa says it wants to swap land with the city to secure the club’s future with a new mixed-used development.

People who live by the curling club near Westboro station are concerned the plan would amount to a loss of park space, since the club’s replacement four-sheet facility would be built behind the current club on part of Lion’s Park.

Geoff Wilson, club treasurer, told a community meeting Wednesday it’s essential to keep the club operating continuously.

“We cannot redevelop on our existing land without tearing this down first,” he said.

“We can’t knock this thing down and wait two years to have a new structure. It’s gone, it’s game, set and match at that point in time.”

The private, non-profit club is already in a financial tight spot, needing to increase fees after a recent property tax assessment put a strain on their finances.

Their taxes jumped from $8,000 to nearly $25,000 per year.

In the club membership’s preferred option, the curling facility would be built behind the existing building and stretch into Lion’s Park.

The developer would build a high-rise commercial and residential tower that could be 25 storeys tall.

The club said it would give the city a stretch of land to the east, larger than it would be taking, for a linear park.

A drawing of the Granite Curling Club of West Ottawa’s preferred redevelopment option, which would have the club occupy part of the current Lion’s Park. (KitchissippiWard.ca)

Loretta Fleming, who lives in a nearby co-op, is worried about the encroachment on parkland.

“This is our community too. We’re residents. When they’re gone after their hour or two of curling, it’s our park,” she said.

She’s concerned about ecological and community loss of having the city turn over existing green space at the request of any private group, even a non-profit.

“It would be a precedent that parkland is up for grabs,” she said.

“I don’t think it’s a good use of space for the people who are using the park right now, which are young children,” said Talitha Nabbali.

Linear park less versatile

Greg Mathieu, chair of the Granite Club’s redevelopment committee, said the proposal would make the park space more accessible to the community since it’s blocked from Scott Street by the current curling club building.

“Our feeling is about Lion’s Park is that it’s a great community asset. We believe we’re a community asset as well as the gymnastics club,” he said.

“We think opening it up to Scott Street … is going to provide some greater community use overall.”

Paul Landry, a senior project manager in the city’s parks department, said the linear park configuration would make the land less adaptable to different recreational uses.

“Even though you can get nice pathways, sitting areas, perhaps a splash pad and things like that — it still limits the utility of the park,” Landry said.

Coun. Jeff Leiper told residents at the meeting that is also his concern, but that he hasn’t taken a position on the proposal or the unusual request to swap land with the city.

The club has not filed a development or zoning application with the city.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/granite-curling-club-redevelopment-park-1.5341520





cbc.ca: Residents eye more balance, certainty with Westboro development reboot

25 10 2019

Infill study could shape future of development along LRT

Triplexes, like this one built on Ravenhill Avenue, were already popular in Westboro, but some developers were proposing building two triplexes on a single lot before a moratorium last year. (Eric Milligan)
Today is the deadline for Westboro residents to have their say on the future of intensification in the rapidly growing neighbourhood west of Ottawa’s downtown.

City council voted in October 2018 for a moratorium on the approval of multi-unit buildings from Golden Avenue east to Tweedsmuir Avenue, and Byron Avenue south to Dovercourt Avenue.

That moratorium was extended until 2020.

Eric Milligan, who has lived in a Westboro infill home himself for the past eight years, is encouraging his neighbours to send feedback to the city about the type of development they want in their neighbourhood.

“We’d like to get it back into balance. We think it’s horribly out of balance right now,” Milligan said.

He said people understand intensification is one of the city’s objectives for the core, but that people want to protect aspects of their quality of life — especially as developers would apply to build triplexes and then seek variances to fit even more units on a lot.

“It’s having a massive impact on the character of the neighbourhood, the amount of green space that’s available on the lots, the destruction of mature trees, parking, congestion,” he said.

Milligan said he thinks provincial rule changes will also be required to rebuild trust among his neighbours for a system they see benefiting developers.

Infill will spread along LRT, councillor says

Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper, who put forward the motion, said so far feedback has ranged from calling for greater height allowances close to the expanding LRT line, to trying to avoid change.

Leiper said he’s glad the study asks people what they love about their neighbourhood so the city can format better zoning rules.

“The challenge is going to try to turn ‘What I love about my neighbourhood’ into new math. So we can describe it objectively and quantitatively,” he said.

The councillor said the results of the Westboro study can be a model for other neighbourhoods as LRT spreads the pressure for intensification. 

“Developers are going to start eyeing neighbourhoods, like what’s around Blair Station, for the next wave of infill, so this study is probably going to give the city some new tools be able to address what the rules should be around infill,” Leiper said.

Leiper said no single study or rule change will rebuild trust for community members, but having the city define and enforce rules based on what residents want should reduce the number of fights between the neighbours and developers.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/westboro-infill-study-deadline-1.5334732

 





FCA Workshop: A New Official Plan for Ottawa

24 10 2019

Please see the poster below from the Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa:

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Clare Gardens Park Fall Clean-Up: Saturday, October 19 @ 10:00 am

16 10 2019

 

Clare Gardens Park Fall Clean-Up

Saturday, October 19th, 2019

From 10:00 am till noon

(Rain date: October 20th)

It’s that time of year.  The WCA and the Volunteer Gardeners of Clare Gardens Park are hosting the park’s autumn clean-up.

We’ll bring rubber gloves. We’d appreciate if you could bring a broom, a rake or a shovel, and a few yard waste bags if possible.

Hear the park news and ask questions. Tell us if you have any park-related concerns. We welcome your feedback.

Bring your families and meet your neighbours!

See you in the park!

Organized by:

The Volunteer Gardeners of Clare Gardens Park

volunteergardenersofclarepark@gmail.com

and

The Westboro Community Association 

hellowestboro@yahoo.ca





Survey for the Westboro Village Gateway Mural

8 08 2019

From the Westboro BIA:

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Westboro Village Gateway Mural UPDATE

Have your say, fill out the survey
Please participate in our survey for the future gateway mural. For over 20 years, the Churchill mural has been an artistic attraction and known gateway to Westboro Village. Due to damages from graffiti and weather over the decades the mural, and the wall it is on, will need to undergo full restoration. As a result, we are seeking the community’s input on a new mural to be installed in 2020.

Please take the survey and click here.





Ottawa Police Service: Mischief investigation on Tweedsmuir Avenue

16 07 2019

From the Ottawa Police Service

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NEWS RELEASE/COMMUNIQUÉ
Executive Services/Services de direction
474, rue Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Tel./tél. 613-236-1222
www.OttawaPolice.ca

(la version française suivra sous peu à www.ottawapolice.ca<http://www.ottawapolice.ca>)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Monday, July 15, 2019  10:23am

Mischief investigation on Tweedsmuir Avenue

(Ottawa)-  The Ottawa Police Service is investigating a series of mischief to property incidents that occurred sometime between the evening of Saturday July 13 and the early morning of Sunday July 14, 2019 on Tweedsmuir Avenue.

As of this morning there have been 19 vehicles that have been reported to police as damaged. The investigation is ongoing.

Ottawa police Central Criminal Investigations is asking that anyone with information, that may have witnessed these incidents or may have them on video, to contact them.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Ottawa Police Service Central Criminal Investigation Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5166.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.

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Tel: 613-236-1222, ext. 5366
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Phone Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477.
Contactez Échec au crime sans frais au 1-800-222-8477.





Join us for a RAIN Home Visit this Saturday!

9 07 2019

This message is from EnviroCentre:

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Join us for a RAIN Home Visit to look at how downspouts, rain barrels, gardens and other solutions help protect your home, community and waterways by managing rainwater where it falls.

This interactive home tour will be led by a certified RAIN Guide from Green Communities Canada. The guided assessment is a comprehensive 1½ hour visit to help homeowners find the best solutions to address trouble spots at your own home.

The two tours will take place in the Westboro area. The location will be provided after you register. Space is limited! The tours will take place “Rain or Shine”. These tours will be presented in English with opportunity to ask questions in French.

  • Saturday, July 13 – 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 13 – 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Register here!

The project is part of the City of Ottawa’s Pinecrest Creek/ Westboro Stormwater Management Retrofit plan to reduce the harmful impacts of stormwater.

The Pinecrest Neighbourhood RAIN project is working with homeowners to manage rainwater runoff, protect and beautify their properties, and keep our creeks and rivers healthy. RAIN holds information sessions and workshops, showcases best practices in the community and shares practical tips on ways to Slow It Down, Soak it Up and Keep it Clean.

www.ottawa.ca/rain       https://www.facebook.com/RAINOttawaPLUIE/

 

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Venez vous joindre à nous lors d’une « Visite à domicile RAIN ». Nous examinerons comment les tuyaux de descente pluviale, les citernes, les jardins et d’autres solutions peuvent vous aider à protéger votre maison, votre communauté et les cours d’eau en gérant l’eau de pluie là où elle tombe.

Cette visite interactive sera animée par un guide certifié RAIN de Green Communities CanadaCette évaluation guidée se compose d’une visite approfondie d’une heure et demie au cours de laquelle les propriétaires parviendront à trouver les solutions qui répondront au mieux aux problèmes identifiés dans leurs maisons.

Les deux visites se dérouleront dans la région de Westboro.. Les adresses vous seront transmises après votre inscription. Le nombre de places est limité! Les visites auront lieu « beau temps, mauvais temps ». Ces visites se feront en anglais mais vous pourrez poser vos questions en français.

  • Le samedi 13 juillet, de 10 h à 11 h 30
  • Le samedi 13 juillet, de 13 h à 14 h 30

Enregistrez ici !

Le projet Pluie du quartier Pinecrest aide les propriétaires à gérer le ruissellement de l’eau de pluie, à protéger et embellir leur propriété ainsi qu’à garder nos ruisseaux et nos rivières en santé. Lors de séances d’information et d’ateliers, les résidents peuvent découvrir des meilleures pratiques et obtenir des conseils pour ralentir l’eau pluviale et la garder propre.

Ce projet s’inscrit dans le Plan de modernisation de la gestion des eaux pluviales du ruisseau Pinecrest/Westboro de la Ville d’Ottawa, dont le but est de réduire les effets néfastes des eaux pluviales.

www.ottawa.ca/fr/rain/             https://www.facebook.com/RAINOttawaPLUIE/

envirocentre.ca

@EnviroCentre

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