Glebe residents brace for influx of fans, cars

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Homeowners and businesses in the neighbourhood keep fingers crossed

Michael Woods, Ottawa Citizen

For merchants, the cautious optimism of the past few months has made way for excitement about the crowd of 24,000 that will descend upon TD Place at Lansdowne Friday night, said Glebe BIA executive director Andrew Peck.

"For businesses, the big thing is how is that traffic going to translate into customers," he said. "What they really want to make sure of is that nothing disrupts the things that are working right now for their current customers."

For businesses along Bank Street, these first Redblacks home games are key. With the 360,000 square feet of retail space at Lansdowne not opening until November, Peck said many merchants are optimistic they can become part of fans' game-day routines early.

"There's going to be a captive audience coming to the games that need other options," Peck said. "I think it's going to be exciting to watch people rediscover the Glebe and be tourists in their own city."

The BIA will line the neighbourhood, starting at 3:30 p.m., with musicians, cheerleaders and "super fans" to hand out merchandise, paint faces and create an exciting atmosphere for the game. Peck said the goal is for fans to arrive early and stay late.

Among residents, there remains varying feelings. Glebe Community Association president Christine McAllister said there's "excitement mixed with some trepidation" in the neighbourhood.

"We're all just keeping a pretty close eye on how things unfold," she said.

Some residents remain concerned about the inevitable influx of vehicle traffic to the neighbourhood. Marion Moritz, who has lived in the Glebe for 35 years, said she thinks it will be a "disaster."

Road, sewer and watermain rehabilitation on First Avenue begins July 21

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City of Ottawa

Beginning Monday, July 21, the City of Ottawa will conduct construction work to rehabilitate the roadway, sewer and watermain on First Avenue from Bronson Avenue to O'Connor Street. The work is needed due to the age and condition of the existing infrastructure.

As part of the roadwork, and associated sidewalks and paving, changes will be made to accommodate a new one-way westbound cycling lane on the north side of First Avenue from O'Connor Street to Percy Street.

First Avenue will be open to local traffic only. This restriction will apply to vehicles and bicycles, although pedestrian access will be maintained through the work zone at all times.

Construction will be carried out in two phases to avoid conflicts with other construction activities in the Glebe, allow for timely removal of temporary water services, and provide a roadway and sidewalks that are suitable for winter maintenance.

Usual construction hours will be weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. but some weekend work may be needed on the section of First from Bronson to Percy. Every effort will be made to reduce the duration of the construction impacts on the community.

Construction work will occur on First Avenue from Bronson to Percy and from Bank to O'Connor; and on Percy Street from Glebe to Second. This 2014 phase of the work will be completed in December, with the exception of final lift of asphalt, the opening of the bike lane, and landscaping, which will be completed next spring. This project is part of the Glebe Neighbourhood Bikeway which will enhance cycling connections within and through the community and will also support active transportation options for accessing Lansdowne and surrounding businesses.

OC Transpo route 6 in the westbound direction will be rerouted to Third Avenue. Signs will be posted to notify residents of temporary bus stop locations. Parking and drop-off locations may be disrupted at local businesses and schools. Motorists including school buses are asked to look for signs indicating changes.

For more information about this project, please visit ottawa.ca.

Parking restrictions for REDBLACKS games

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The City of Ottawa and the REDBLACKS are urging fans who are coming to games at TD Place to leave their cars at home.

There will be parking restrictions on Bank Street, O'Connor and Fifth Avenue. The city says parking regulations in all areas of the Glebe will be strictly enforced on game night.

Ticket holders can ride OC Transpo for free, and free shuttles are running from Carleton University, the RA Centre, Canada Post, and Vincent Massey Park. Free bicycle parking is available at Lansdowne.

The city is warning residents of the Glebe that if they try to rent-out their driveways as parking spaces they could face a fine of up to $5,000.00.

The home opener is a test run for the city. It says the game plan may need to be modified moving forward.

No stadium parking for you

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Megan Gillis, Ottawa Sun

Driving round and round the block hunting for that gap to squeeze into — all under the watchful eye of a legion of bylawofficers, cops and pitchfork-waving Glebites. Maybe not that last part. But the city is indeed warning its enforcers will be out in full force Friday as 24,000 football fans head to the RedBlacks home opener.

And while the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group says last week's event for 5,000 season-ticket holders showed pleas to take free transit and park-and-shuttle services hit home, neighbours are bracing for some frustrated motorists about to miss the kick-off.

"It will be a zoo, of course," said Glebe Community Association traffic committee chairman BrianMitchell, who nonetheless notes that game nights were, until eight years ago, a neighbourhood fact of life.

"There will be those that drive in and they think they can just park at Lansdowne. They'll find themselves circling so the next time they'll use the shuttle."