From Carling, to Bronson, to the Queensway to Lebreton South Fri, 28 Jun 2019 01:41:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 32 32 47095493 291 Carling Avenue – The site for our grocery store? Next Community Park? Fri, 28 Jun 2019 01:41:33 +0000 Our Last Chance to Influence the Site’s Zoning!

On Tuesday evening, Canada Lands Company held an information session on the 291 Carling site, unveiling its preferred concept. Being an empty parking lot, the 3.4-acre site provides a clean slate and many opportunities – including the chance for another community park, and hopefully, a grocery store. How this area is developed will undoubtedly impact the fabric of our neighbourhood, and we want the community to help shape this important space. Canada Lands has agreed to receive the community’s input until the end of July, after which it will apply for zoning approval.

Canada Lands expects a mix of uses on the site, including ground level commercial, and residential towers. The 3 towers/land use areas (with proposed maximums of 13, 20 and 25 stories) are expected to contain approximately 530 residential units, with parking mostly underground. Exactly what will be built will be decided later – once Canada Lands obtains zoning approval (spring 2020), remediates the site, and starts to market to developers (2021). The site also maintains a fair amount of green space, including a potential new community park.

What do residents want to actually see on the site? Comments we’ve received to date include calls for:

  • A larger podium in the 25-storey building, so we can have space for a full-size grocery store on the site. The proposed podium is about the size of the downtown Sobey’s at Metcalfe, or the Glebe Metro (less than 30,000 square feet). Many are calling for a building that can house a full-service urban grocery store like the Independent on Bank St, or the Whole Foods at Lansdowne (about 40-45,000 square feet).
  • Affordable, family homes – We hear people want more than just more condo/apartment style dwellings. Many would like to see something like stacked townhouses to bring more families into the neighbourhood.
  • Less height – Many are looking for a building that will cast less of a shadow on our neighbourhood than the current 25-storey building proposed at Carling.
  • Park space! Over the years, people have asked for things such as a community food garden, adolescent play areas (like multi-purpose courts), children’s play equipment, a native plant pollinator garden, a splash pad, an amphitheatre, a gathering space with benches, etc.

What do you think our neighbourhood needs at 291 Carling? We hope you will make use of this opportunity to shape our neighbourhood, and tell Canada Lands what’s important to you for this site.

Please send any comments via Canada Lands’ web form by the end of July or via email to Katherine Constantine: Feel free to copy us ( so we also know what is of importance to you.

For more images from the Canada Land June 25th session
please see our previous web post.

Thank-you for Making the Party in the Park a Success! Thu, 27 Jun 2019 23:15:49 +0000 Thanks to all who helped with the event – whether as volunteers, sponsors, partners or attendees! There were many smiling faces, and lots of participation in the games and activities.

We estimate about 60-80 people attended throughout the day, which represents amazing community participation.

We hope to see the community out at a similar event next year!


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CLC Public Meeting for 291 Carling Ave Wed, 26 Jun 2019 01:16:27 +0000 The following photos are from today’s Canada Lands Company (CLC) public meeting for the development of 291 Carling Ave.

Additional background information for this development can be found on the CLC website at:

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Reminder – Party in the Park Fri, 21 Jun 2019 22:52:13 +0000 Reminder – Party in the Park

The weather looks incredible for Saturday afternoon, and all systems are set to go! We hope to see you out at the Party in the Park, this Saturday, June 22nd, from 1-4 p.m. at Dalhousie South Park, 343 Bell St South. It will be our first big celebration in our newly renewed park.

As a reminder, there will be:

  • Free Food
  • Music, courtesy of CKCU – Carleton’s Radio Station
  • Sparky, the Ottawa Fury Mascot, will join us from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (note – this is ½ hour later than we initially advertised)
  • Crafts at the Ottawa Art Gallery Art Tent
  • Face painting
  • Prizes
  • Games

Please bring a lawn chair and come prepared to have a great time!

Save the Date – Party in the Park! Sun, 02 Jun 2019 14:54:06 +0000 GACA will be hosting a party in Dalhousie South Park next month.

Date: Saturday, June 22nd
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Location: Dalhousie South Park, 343 Bell St. South

A number of local organizations are helping us to throw this party. This includes:

  • Carleton University’s CKCU radio station
  • Sparky, the Ottawa Fury Football Club mascot
  • The Ottawa Art Gallery’s Canada Life OAG Art Tent (a mobile art studio that provides a space for children and adults to make arts and crafts)

We will have food, games and prizes – stay tuned for more details!

Public Open House: Chamberlain Avenue, Catherine Street and Isabella Street Functional Design Study Sun, 02 Jun 2019 14:46:14 +0000 There will be a public open house on the study, which is also outside of, but close to our neighbourhood:

Date: Thurs, June 6, 2019

Time: 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. (presentation at 6:00 p.m.)

Location: Glashan Public School – 28 Arlington Avenue, Gymnasium

Background: The study will include the downtown streets that parallel the Queensway, as per the following diagram:

289 Carling – John Howard Society Questions and Answers Mon, 27 May 2019 01:57:32 +0000 Following recent public meetings on the issue, the John Howard Society has created a document that helps provide answers to the most frequently asked questions they received from residents on the project.

The questions are arranged into three themes – the building, tenants and services, and construction.

DOWNLOAD: John Howard Society Q&A – May 2019

Community clean-up thank you! Sat, 04 May 2019 22:09:29 +0000 A huge thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s spring clean-up. While the amount of garbage collected was similar to years past, we may have a new record for leaf bags – 28!


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Bronson Water and Sewer Work to start shortly Fri, 03 May 2019 03:04:50 +0000 A reminder that the Bronson Ave. sewer and water main work between Arlington and Imperial is expected to start in the next several weeks (tentatively planned for mid-May) and continue until the fall (see City of Ottawa website).

During the first stage of the project*:

  • One southbound lane will remain open on Bronson.
  • Northbound traffic (including busses) will be detoured east on Chamberlain and continue north on Kent. Traffic can rejoin Bronson at Gladstone.
  • Northbound cyclists will be detoured east on Renfrew Ave., continue north on Percy, and can rejoin Bronson at Gladstone.
  • Southbound cyclists will be detoured east on Gladstone Avenue, continue south on Percy, and can rejoin Bronson at Powell.
  • Pedestrians will not be detoured – the sidewalk on the west side of Bronson will remain open throughout construction. The east sidewalk will be closed between Catherine and Powell.

Highway access:

  • Westbound access to the 417 will continue via Catherine/Raymond.
  • Westbound vehicles exiting the 417 will be detoured via Raymond to Booth.
  • Eastbound access to the 417 remains unchanged via Chamberlain/Isabella.
  • Eastbound vehicles exiting the 417 will continue unchanged.

*Note that during stages 2, 3 and 4 of construction, one lane will be open in each direction. Phase 1 is expected to end in September.

All detour routes will be signed, and advance notice of closures and detours will be provided by the City of Ottawa.

Jane’s Walk 2019, May 4th and 5th Fri, 03 May 2019 02:56:38 +0000 “On the first weekend of May every year, Jane’s Walk festivals take place in hundreds of cities around the world. Jane’s Walks encourage people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.” (From the Janes Walk website)

Please see the Janes’ Walk schedule for walks in Ottawa and Gatineau this year. Included is a walk near our neighbourhood about the Booth St. complex redevelopment, which asks how “Heritage Evolution Will Impact Our Urban Environments.” A number of other walks are also nearby, including in the Glebe and Little Italy.