Main Street open house – Nov. 20

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Main Street Renewal Project – Notice of Public Open House

Thursday, November 20, 6 – 9 p.m.
Saint Paul University
Normandin Room,
Laframboise Hall, Second Floor
249 Main St.

The City of Ottawa is in the process of completing the detailed designs for the renewal of Main Street and portions of Rideau River Drive. The Lees Avenue portion of the overall project went under construction in summer 2014.

The recommended design concept was approved by City Council on July 17, 2013. The City has planned this project under Schedule C of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process. The EA process was finalized in September 2013 after the completion of an Environmental Study Report. On this basis, Main Street will be renewed as a “complete street” featuring cycle tracks, wider sidewalks, and space for streetscaping. To accomplish this, vehicle lane reductions will be implemented in some locations. The street design varies along its approximately 2km length. Construction of the project is planned to commence in 2015. Early utility reconstruction works may go under construction in fall 2014.

At this time, all interested persons are invited to attend a third Public Open House. The purpose of this Open House is to present the draft detailed designs including road geometry, streetscaping details, public art selection, utility works, construction timing, and preliminary traffic management plans during construction. City staff and their consultants will be available to discuss the project, receive your input, and answer any questions. Following the Open House, input and comments will be accepted until December 4, 2014.

For further information or to provide comments, please contact the City’s project manager or the consulting team project manager at the addresses below.

Josée Vallée, P. Eng.
Infrastructure Services Department
Design and Construction Municipal East Branch
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Crescent, 6th Floor
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
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Tel.:613-580-2424 x 21805
Fax: 613-560-6064

Ron Clarke, MCIP, RPP
Manager, Planning and Design
Parsons (formerly Delcan)
1223 Michael Street, Suite 100
Ottawa, ON K1J 7T2
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Tel.:613-738-4160 x 5226
Fax: 613-739-7105

Spring Flood Watch presentation

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Tuesday, November 18, 6:45 – 7:30 p.m.
Old Firehall (Dance Studio), 260 Sunnyside Ave.

"We Are Ready: Spring Flood Watch"
All residents of Old Ottawa South are invited to attend this informational session about what plans and processes the City of Ottawa has in place for future spring floods. Learn about measures you can take to ensure your family and your home is flood-ready. Staff from the City’s Emergency & Protective Services Department will be on hand to answer your questions. Space is limited.

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Presenters:

  • Pierre Poirier, Chief of Security & Emergency Management
  • Jim Montgomery, Program Manager, Office of Emergency Management
  • Caroline Mellor, Coordinator, Emergency Management & Business Continuity
  • Kari Keays, Community Emergency Management Coordinator

Appeal of Glebe parkade plans dropped

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Heavy traffic on Bank Street near Lansdowne.
Heavy traffic on Bank Street near Lansdowne. Jean Levac /Ottawa Citizen

David Reevely, Ottawa Citizen

A city plan to build a parking garage in the Glebe is going ahead after a neighbour gave up on appealing the project to the Ontario Municipal Board.

The four-storey garage, to replace a surface parking lot between Second and Third avenues near Bank Street, was originally supposed to be finished last month. Instead, the appeal of a rezoning the project needed has pushed the start of construction into next spring, with completion now expected in fall 2015.

The appeal never came to a hearing, which means the grounds for the appeal aren’t public. A planned hearing day in June was postponed and a new one in late October was cancelled.

Coun. David Chernushenko said John Kaczmarek, who owns a rental property next door, had sought a full redesign of the garage but was eventually satisfied with a city promise to erect a fence, re-arrange some ventilation, and let him or his tenants park on a corner of the city’s land.

“It’s all water on the bridge now and we’re delighted we can move forward,” Chernushenko said.

The $9.5-million, 150-space garage isn’t needed yet, according to a city parking study, but the city is building it anyway because it expects the Glebe to have a shortage of parking eventually. City staff had suggested charging different rates for parking on Glebe streets — which tend to be more crowded farther south, emptier at the north end of the neighbourhood — might spread cars out and eliminate the need for the garage, but city councillors rejected the idea.

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No flags on traffic

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By Jon Willing, Ottawa Sun

There were fears that TD Place would run interference on the Glebe at the beginning of the football season, but organizers called the right plays.

It was even a surprise to Capital Coun. David Chernushenko, who summed up the Ottawa RedBlacks' home season as "pretty good" for the community.

The preseason buzz mostly focused on the transportation challenges getting fans to Lansdowne Park.

The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group and the city relied heavily on fans using shuttle buses between the stadium and parking lots just outside the core. OC Transpo was also a popular choice with fans using their game tickets for free rides.

Sure, there were some hiccups with a shuttle bus route on Lakeside Ave., but OSEG and the city reduced the traffic and largely silenced the complaints.

Neighbourhood parking, too, wasn't much of a problem.

Chernushenko said there was only one unpleasant consequence of football's return to the Glebe: Drunk fans who can't control their bladders.

"It's been boorish behaviour and outright urination," Chernushenko said.