The redevelopment of Lansdowne has begun, and the residents of Capital Ward — especially those in the Glebe — are already being affected by noise, dust and other construction-related issues, such as the cutting of mature trees on Holmwood. There will be more to come as the work is completed over the next three years.
Like many of you, I am disappointed by the way the redevelopment process has been managed so far. Also like many, I hope we can make the best of it so that the citizens of Ottawa ultimately end up with a positive addition to their city.
Of course, any project of this magnitude is bound to cause problems for those living or working nearby, as well as those who like to visit the area or simply pass through on their way to work or school.
As councillor for the communities most affected by the redevelopment, I will do my utmost to ensure that your concerns are addressed and your rights respected during every stage of construction. While I cannot change major decisions already made and voted on by City Council, I can continue to push for improvements in the details. I will also push the City, its partners and its contractors to follow proper procedure and meet their responsibilities to the community, to taxpayers and to the City as a whole.
As with the Bank Street reconstruction, good communication between the City and its citizens will be essential to minimizing disruptions and inconvenience. Local residents, business owners and visitors need to know what will be happening and when.
I plan to use my Capital Ward website not only as a gateway to the City's information, but to supplement this with additional updates and details of special interest to nearby residents and business owners. I will continue adding information on construction, traffic disruptions, public meetings and more as the City makes these details available.
I hope that, by fostering closer relationships between the community, City staff, project contractors and consultants, we will be able to face anticipated challenges and surmount unexpected obstacles as Lansdowne Park undergoes this much-needed but controversial transformation.
Thank you for your patience.
Councillor for Capital Ward