More businesses for Bronson Avenue concerns residents

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More businesses for Bronson Avenue concerns residents
Bronson Avenue was reconstructed in 2012 and 2013 as an arterial road, but now a south-end community association president is worried the road's function as a traffic thoroughfare is threatened by a city plan to allow more businesses along Bronson's north end.

Downtown and south-end residents bemoan zoning changes – for different reasons

Laura Mueller, Ottawa Community News

A south Ottawa community association president is worried about the traffic implications of the city’s move to allow “traditional main street” buildings along the north section of Bronson Avenue — a major artery for motorists coming from the south end.

Hunt Club Community Organization president John Sankey says he was surprised by one of the changes in the massive citywide zoning review project: a decision to make the land uses along Bronson north of Bronson Avenue north of Gladstone Avenue conform to a “traditional main street” style.

His concern is that the change will eventually lead the road, which was just rebuilt in 2012 and 2013, to become a main street like Bank Street with slower traffic. Many Hunt Club-area residents use Bronson as a main route to drive downtown.

“This means it can’t be an arterial (road) anymore,” Sankey said. “If the land use changes, the street has to follow.”

But a city planning manager says the move doesn’t change the transportation function of the street.

“There is no discrepancy in my mind at all,” said Alain Miguelez, the city’s program manager for zoning, intensification and neighbourhoods. “The zoning is not doing anything to the roadway.”

While the zoning previously allowed mostly residential land uses, the city’s Official Plan – the bible for land use – already dictates the street is to have mixed-use buildings.

Changing the zoning to allow “traditional main street” uses, including small businesses and residential buildings of up to 20 metres (six storeys) makes it match that Official Plan goal, Miguelez said.

Rue Main : réduction de voies à compter du samedi 22 novembre

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Ville d'Ottawa

À compter du samedi 22 novembre, la rue Main entre la rue Clegg et l’avenue Lees sera réduite à une seule voie dans chaque direction, et des voies de virage à gauche seront aménagées à certaines intersections afin de faciliter la circulation. 

Ces réductions de voies sont nécessaires afin de permettre à Bell Canada de remplacer ses conduits souterrains avant le début du Projet de réfection de la rue Main. Ces réductions de voies demeureront en place jusqu’au printemps 2015. 

Les travaux entre les avenues Lees et Hawthorne seront échelonnés sur plusieurs fins de semaine et il y aura des réductions de voies temporaires dans ce secteur. La deuxième phase (au sud de la rue Clegg) commencera une fois la première phase terminée. La fin de la première phase est prévue au printemps 2015, mais les dates finales dépendront des conditions météorologiques. 

On prévoit que ces réductions de voies auront d’importantes répercussions sur la circulation. On demande donc aux automobilistes qui empruntent la rue Main de prévoir leurs déplacements en conséquence. 

Le Projet de réfection de la rue Main comprend la remise à neuf ou le remplacement de certaines parties de l’infrastructure de la rue Main et d’une petite partie de la promenade Rideau River. Les travaux souterrains de la rue Main visent à remplacer la conduite d’eau principale et les égouts. Ce projet comprend également la reconstruction de la chaussée et du trottoir de la rue Main entre les promenades Echo et Rideau River, ainsi que la reconstruction de la chaussée sur les tronçons contigus de la promenade Rideau River. 

La Ville d’Ottawa propose des outils sur ottawa.ca pour aider les automobilistes et les usagers du transport en commun à planifier leur itinéraire et à gérer leurs déplacements. 

Vous trouverez des renseignements supplémentaires sur les travaux routiers de la Ville à l’adresse ottawa.ca.

Main Street rebuild to cause major traffic disruptions

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Northbound traffic to be detoured during two-year reconstruction project

Laura Mueller, Ottawa Community News

Motorists can expect significant traffic impacts when Main Street is reconstructed over the next two years to replace century-old water and sewer infrastructure.

Plans revealed at an open house on Nov. 20 show the main artery in Old Ottawa East will be closed to northbound traffic between Greenfield and Riverdale avenues in the first phase of construction starting next spring. There will be one northbound lane available for local traffic only from Riverdale to Clegg Street.

In the second construction phase, no northbound traffic at all will be allowed on Main between Greenfield and Riverdale.

The open house on Nov. 20 was well-attended and people had a lot of questions, said John Dance, president of the Old Ottawa East Community Association.

“The construction will be very disruptive but it's the price we have to pay to have modern water and sewer lines and a safe, friendly street,” Dance said.

The construction will lead to a host of important and long-awaited improvements for the neighbourhood, Dance said. Main Street itself will get the addition of bicycle lanes in the form of raised cycle tracks – a useful addition as the community just outside the downtown swells with the development of 10 hectares of institutional land formerly occupied by the Oblate fathers, Dance said.

Glebe, Lansdowne Park businesses could benefit from each other

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Opening of Whole Foods Market, Sporting Life this week begins battle for customers

Sporting Life, left, and Whole Foods open on the same week, creating immediate competition for smaller businesses along Bank Street.

 Sporting Life, left, and Whole Foods open on the same week, creating immediate competition for smaller businesses along Bank Street. (Julie Ireton/CBC)

 

CBC News

At times tense and heated, the relationship between small businesses in the Glebe neighbourhood and those settling in at Lansdowne Park will be one of reciprocity, according to retail experts and local businesses.

"All families fight," said Gilbert Russell, vice-chairman of the Glebe Business Improvement Area, "Both parties have realized that we are going to be better if we work together."

Some businesses have already opened at the rebuilt Lansdowne Park.

But this week is important as key entities Whole Foods Market and Sporting Life open for the public this week — Wednesday and Thursday respectively — leading to major competition for smaller Glebe operations like McKeen’s Metro, Kunstadt Sports and others.

Retail expert Darren Fleming believes the businesses will rely on each other to bring shoppers to the area. The smaller Glebe stores have the history and the clientele, while the larger stores have the uniqueness and newness.

Also, Lansdowne is not your typical retail site, said Fleming, a managing principal at Cresa Ottawa.

"There aren’t acres and acres of parking that people can pull up to in front of the store," he said. "Whole Foods has a lot of experience in these types of developments."