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:



Public Meeting: Developement Application for 1445-1451 Wellington Street West

4 12 2013

An application has been posted to the City of Ottawa website for a new development at the northeast corner of Wellington and Island Park by Mizrahi Developments.

They have also sent out an invitation for the public to attend an information session about the development: Mizrahi Developments invites you to a public meeting to discuss their proposed development at 1451 and 1445 Wellington Street West on Thursday December 12, 2013 at 7.00pm.

The meeting will be taking place in the studio of the Great Canadian Theatre Company (located at 1233 Wellington Street West).

All documents regarding details of the development are available on the city’s website.

Katherine Hobbs (Councillor of Kitchissippi Ward) will be in attendance.


Churchill Avenue Rehabilitation Update

20 11 2013

The following is a brief status report of the Churchill Avenue Rehabilitation as of November 18th, 2013.       

Churchill Ave Cycle Lanes

Thank you again for your continued patience during the construction of this complex project.  Below is a summary of work that has been completed so far, what is in store for the remainder of this year, and some details on what is to come in 2014. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for your continued cooperation throughout the construction process.

For further information on the project please visit the project website

Progress to Date

  • All traffic control signals and related roadway modifications at Kirkwood Avenue and Clare Street are complete.

The following works on Churchill Avenue between Princeton Avenue/Clare Street and Carling Avenue have been completed or are on-going:

  • Installation of new gas mains has been completed.
  • Construction of new storm sewers, sanitary sewers, and watermain, including works on connecting side streets has been completed.
  • Road excavation and placement of Granular ‘B’ sub-base for the new road has been completed.
  • Rock drilling and placement of new Hydro poles has been completed.
  • Construction of new concrete curbs is on-going.
  • Miscellaneous traffic control signals, street lighting, and other utility works have been on-going throughout.
  • Hydro Ottawa overhead line construction and transfers in order to allow for the removal of the old poles will continue throughout the fall of 2013, and into the winter of 2013/14.
  • Line painting on the new roadway.
  • Sewer and watermain construction on Churchill Avenue between Princeton Avenue/Clare Street and Byron Avenue will commence in the spring of 2014, following gas main construction, and will continue into the summer months, with road works (curbs, sidewalks, cycle tracks, paving, etc.) and utility pole relocations taking place through the latter portion of the summer and into the fall.

Works for the Remainder of 2013

  • Concrete curb construction will be completed on Churchill Avenue between Princeton Avenue/Clare Street and Carling Avenue, including connecting side streets.
  • Following concrete curb construction, the placement of Granular ‘A’ road base, including vibratory compaction and fine grading of the new roadway will be completed in advance of paving.
  • Paving of base and intermediate courses of roadway asphalt will be completed on Churchill Avenue between Princeton Avenue/Clare Street and Carling Avenue.
  • Construction of temporary asphalt sidewalks behind the newly constructed curbs will be completed for the winter months, along with temporary driveway reinstatements to all residences.  Asphalt ramps will be provided along the newly constructed curbs at each driveway location until such time that surface course asphalt is paved.

2014 Construction

  • Construction of new concrete sidewalks, raised cycle tracks, boulevards, final driveway reinstatements and detailed landscaping will commence in the spring of 2014 on Churchill Avenue between Princeton Avenue/Clare Street and Carling Avenue.
  • Gas main construction on Churchill Avenue between Princeton Avenue/Clare Street and Byron Avenue is expected to commence over the winter months, with completion by the spring of 2014.
  •  Southbound traffic will be detoured away from the construction site via Byron Avenue and Kirkwood Avenue when sewer and watermain construction on Churchill Avenue between Byron Avenue and Princeton Avenue/Clare Street commences.
  • OC Transpo Route 150 will return to its regular route over the winter months, and will then be detoured back to Kirkwood Avenue once mainline sewer and watermain construction commence on Churchill Avenue, north of Princeton Avenue/Clare Street in the spring of 2014.
  • OC Transpo Route 16 will return to its regular route once Churchill Avenue is reopened to two-way traffic, and will not be affected by the 2014 construction.

Traffic Detour / Bus Detours

  • Between Carling Avenue and Princeton Avenue/Clare Street, southbound traffic will continue on the current detour to Kirkwood Avenue from Churchill Avenue via Clare Street throughout the fall.  Churchill Avenue is anticipated to re-open to two-way traffic in early December 2013.

As per Katherine Hobbs website:

Katherine Hobbs email re: Motion to Extend Timeframe for Noise Exemption

27 03 2013

Are you affected by this? Please let us know what you think about this process?


From: Hobbs, Katherine []
Subject: Noise Exemption

Today at Council I put forward a motion to deal with a requirement to extend the timeframe for noise exemption for 114 Richmond Road. A similar motion was put forward for an exemption at Lansdowne Park by Councillor Steve DesRoches. In each case every effort will be made to reduce the impact on the neighbouring houses. In the case of 114 Richmond Road, the contractor deals directly with the homeowners adjacent to the site, informing them of issues with construction that might affect them.

However I wanted to take this opportunity to provide some information about the noise exemption bylaw and what will be happening as a result of this motion passing. First some information and history about the actual exemption period. The period allowable for a noise exemption permit in Ottawa is 11 days. This dates back to the Ottawa Exhibition as it lasted 11 days. There is no decibel level associated with noise on a construction site after 11 p.m. For example if a construction worker puts a shovel in a truck, they could be cited and receive a fine for violating the noise by-law. As per the by law today, the only way to override the 11 day period is with a motion to Council.

Construction activities at 114 Richmond Road are expected to be beyond the scope of the noise-related regulations in Section 7 (Construction) of the Noise By-Law. Customary practices for the construction of reinforced concrete structures may give rise to three categories of noise. These are: 1) Gas operated motors to avoid dangerous water levels until the lower portions of the new structure are connected to City storm sewers 2) Pouring of fresh concrete as it needs to be kept above freezing in order for the curing process to complete. That means a gas-fired portable heater must operate during the “heating season” 3) Operation of gas fired motorized trowel machines operating after each slab is poured, normally into the evening of the day of the pour.

It is important to note that this does not change day to day construction activities on the site. This exemption allows the existing heaters to operate as they have already been doing throughout the winter. This is a very limiting and specific exemption and does not allow any new “noise”. It is important to note that this does not change day to day construction activities on the site. This exemption allows the existing heaters to operate as they have already been doing throughout the winter.

Therefore the noise exemption on this site has been extended. This is a very limiting and specific exemption and does not allow any new “noise”.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Katherine Hobbs
Councillor/Conseillère – Kitchissippi

Twitter: Katherine_Hobbs
Facebook: Katherine Hobbs for Kitchissippi

Emerald Ash Borer – Winter Tree Removal Planned

15 02 2013

As noted on Katherine Hobbs website.

You may soon notice some orange marks on trees in your neighbourhood.

Staff are in the process of starting to mark dead Ash trees in the ward for removal over this winter. The following streets have trees on them that need to be removed:
•Tillbury – Churchill to Cole
•Broadview – Carling to Ernest
•Woodward – Clyde to Courtwood

Staff will mark the trees and be leaving information for the homeowner on Emerald Ash Borer and the City’s program. In these areas the City has done some work already such as interplanting and tree injection.

More details on Councillor’s website:

Have your say in selecting public art for Churchill Avenue

2 01 2013

Ottawa – Residents will have an opportunity to meet the four shortlisted artists/artist teams and review their proposals for public art to be installed at the intersection of Churchill and Byron avenues. The road reconstruction project, scheduled for completion in the spring of 2014, will improve the pedestrian corridors, feature separated cycling lanes and implement traffic calming and transit priority measures.
Four of the 14 local artists/artist teams that responded to the call to artists: request for proposals, have been shortlisted and an opportunity to meet the artists, view the proposals, and record your comments will take place on Monday, January 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Churchill Seniors Centre at 345 Richmond Road. Comments from the public will be provided to the Art Selection Committee as they deliberate and select the winning proposal.
Public input will ensure that residents and future visitors to the Westboro community will be able to view innovative public art integrated into the streetscape. The four finalists – Marcus Kucey Jones, Don Maynard, Jennifer Stead and artist team Oded and Pamela Ravek – will present sketches, scale models or maquettes and detailed work plans including budgets of the proposed artworks.
The City of Ottawa commissions local artists’ works for display in public spaces from a per cent of funds that is set aside for municipal development projects. Public art is found in municipal buildings, open spaces, pedestrian corridors, roadways, and transit ways. It creates a unique sense of place, a destination, focal points for activity, and meeting places.
For more information, please call 613-244-3745 or e-mail

Community Meeting on Alterna Mixed Use Building – 319 McRae

4 12 2012

This came to us from the Councillor’s office:

On behalf of Councillor Hobbs, you are invited to attend a community meeting regarding a proposal for 319 McRae Avenue. This is part of a land assembly previously proposed under the banner “Westboro Collection.” The proposal today is a portion of the land on the east side of McRae Avenue (backing on to Clifton Road residences). The proposal includes an office component (proposed future home of Alterna headquarters) and a residential building, targeted to be market rate rental apartments. The proposal would also include retail space at the ground level and one level of underground parking. It would also include streetscape improvements based on the Westboro/Richmond Road CDP for the Hydro corridor parallel to McRae.

No application has been made for the new proposal, this is a meeting very early in the application process. We hope to see you there to review the proposal, ask questions, and submit your feedback. Present will be the architect, planner and developer, as well as the Councillor and myself.

Where: Hilson Avenue Public School
hen: Wednesday, December 5th, 2012, 7:00-9:00 PM

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