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.

Rain gardens being installed along Sunnyside Avenue

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Pilot project to help manage and treat storm water run-off

By Michelle Nash, Ottawa Community News

New landscaping features being installed along Sunnyside Avenue aim to help better redistribute storm water in Old Ottawa South.

The "green street" measures on Sunnyside are a part of a larger project focused on creating traffic calming measures for the area, based on the Old Ottawa South area traffic management study, which was completed in 2012. Right now, construction is underway to narrow of the streets, add crosswalks and curb extensions.

Senior project manager Darlene Conway said the city added the idea to build "rain gardens" to the project to improve water quality and reduce runoff into the Rideau River.

"Really it's the genesis between city staff," Conway said. "(As part of) the study completed in 2012, we coordinated with that group because we wanted to do some storm water management because it's an old neighbourhood and currently water goes into Rideau River untreated."

According to the city, rain gardens are planted in areas designed to improve water quality and reduce run-off using a combination of soil, plants, and mulch to treat and absorb storm water run-off. They can be combined with boulevard extensions to serve multiple purposes, including traffic calming, improved aesthetics and storm water management.

There will be three rain gardens, one each at the intersection of Sunnyside and Leonard, Rosedale and Grosvenor avenues. The gardens will trap-capture dirt run-off from the road, which will be treated by the plants and soil and then can safely overflow into the sewer, eventually making its way to the Rideau River.