Open House: Construction on Osborne, Ossington & Southern

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Tuesday, March 24
7 – 9 p.m.
Ottawa South Community Centre
(Old Firehall, Michael Jenkin Hall)
260 Sunnyside Ave., Ottawa, ON

The City of Ottawa invites local residents to an open house for information about a construction project that is scheduled to begin this spring with final completion in 2016. Design drawings will be on display for review. Staff will also be on hand to provide information and receive comments.

This project represents part of the City’s commitment to renewal of critical city assets.

The construction work will renew infrastructure in the neighbourhood and will involve the separation of the combined sewer. New storm, sanitary and watermain works will be carried out with services up to the property line. Work will also include the full reconstruction of the roads.

This work is planned to begin in Spring 2015. Substantial completion is anticipated by the end of 2015 with final completion in the spring of 2016.

Construction will take place on the following streets:

  • Osborne Street — Cameron Avenue to Dead-end
  • Ossington Avenue — Bank Street to Grosvenor Avenue
  • Southern Drive — Riverdale Avenue to Avenue Road

City staff and the project consultant will be on hand to discuss the project and respond to questions.

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please contact the undersigned.

If you are not available to attend the meeting or would like additional information, please direct your comments to the City of Ottawa or Jp2g’s Branch Manager listed below.

Patrick Lewis, P.Eng.
Project Manager
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
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613-580-2424, ext. 15304 
      Neil Caldwell, P.Eng PMP
Branch Manager
Jp2g Consultants Inc.
1150 Morrison Drive, Suite 410,
Ottawa, ON K2H 8S9
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613-828-7800, ext. 204 

Winter a pain-in-the-budget

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City to review snow-cleaning operations to deal with big deficits

Matthew Pearson, Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa city council is pumping an additional $2 million into a special reserve fund for winter maintenance cost overruns.

On Wednesday, Ottawa city council approved the $3.073-billion spending plan presented by staff last month

And because the annual snowclearing budget has been blown year after year, councillors also called on city officials to review winter operations, which have already run up an $11-million deficit this year. Last year’s deficit was $15 million.

Councillors approved the measure Wednesday during a threehour meeting during which they passed the 2015 budget in a unanimous vote. There were no major revisions to the $3.073-billion spending plan presented by staff last month.

The brutal 2015 winter had crews and equipment out on city streets and sidewalks on 33 days in January and February — basically, every other day, said city treasurer Marian Simulik.

Extreme cold required crews to use more salt and grit on streets and sidewalks, she said.

Public works general manager Kevin Wylie is reviewing service standards and will report back on the degree to which such standards are being met or exceeded “with an idea towards reducing the overall expenditures to try to bring it in line with the budget,” Simulik told reporters after the meeting.

It’s too late to apply Wylie’s findings this year, but they could be applied next year and might uncover whether there is an issue with the department’s base funding, she said.

Budget Speak 2015

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Prepared by Citizens' Academy — City building is everyone's business

On Feb. 10, I co-hosted a special Budget Speak meeting with some of my fellow urban councillors. This was an experiment in public engagement on a very complex topic, the City's budget. I would like to extend a huge thank you to those who came and participated with an open mind, and invite you to download the report.

You may also be interested in reading the report for the Feb. 11 session hosted by councillors for the east end urban wards.

We have learned a lot through this process and have been applying your feedback to our budget conversations. I will also draw on your ideas this spring as I work with my City Council colleagues to map out our priorities for the next four years.

We will apply the lessons learned and your opinions on planning, designing and facilitating this year's Budget Speak session to improve the format for next year's budget process.

This is not the end. But what's next?

Here are a few concrete things that my fellow urban councillors and I will do:

  • Share the report with the Mayor, our Council colleagues, the City Treasurer and the City's executive management.
  • Have a discussion with City staff to revisit the format of future City-led budget public consultations in advance of Draft Budget 2016.
  • Plan for next year!

David Chernushenko
David Chernushenko

Residents want commitment on community space for Oblates land

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Greystone Village
Regional Group plan to build a 970-unit community
on the Oblate lands surrounding St. Paul University.

By Alex Robinson, Ottawa Community News

When it comes to the redevelopment of the Oblates lands, Old Ottawa East residents are hoping the city will make a firm commitment to providing community services to accommodate the thousands of residents who will come with the new urban neighbourhood.

Regional Group presented its plan to transform the 10.5-hectare piece of land next to St. Paul’s University on Main Street into 970 units of housing at a meeting on March 3.

Residents were generally impressed with the developer’s plan, but were disappointed by the lack of commitment by the city to build services to go along with it.

“I’m very impressed with how involved they are with the community,” resident Yvonne Williams said of the developers. “They seem to be very open and thoughtful about what they’re doing in all aspects. I have a feeling they’re trying to make a true community there. I hope the city will come forth and provide what they have to do.”

The new community will have a variety of residential units, including condos, townhouses, as well as commercial space on land that was owned by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate religious order before it was sold to Regional Group.

Bike paths, walkways and a pedestrian street called the grande allée will connect the site’s green spaces.

The developers said they are currently in discussions to get a grocery store to occupy the first floor of one of the development’s mixed-use buildings. The project will also see the historic Deschâtelets building re-invented as residential space.

The developers worked closely with a number of community groups to ensure their project would suit residents and would follow a community design plan for the area, said John Dance, the president of the Old Ottawa East Community Association.

“The developer has indeed taken a really supportive approach to working with the community,” he said. “They’ve been very open and willing to work with us.”