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Eye Spy: Open House on Rideau Street Re-Design

The 1st Open House for the Rideau St re-design will be March 26th, 3-8PM at the Rideau Library. Pop-in to see the plans.

In December 2013 the City of Ottawa deemed it important to re-open the Community Design Plan (CDP) created in 2005 “to provide clear direction for future development.” Read more on the reasons for reopening the CDP and the items  affected (e.g., Building height, traffic management, etc) here.

This open house will be the first opportunity for the community to see and comment on proposed changes. The Uptown Rideau area covers Rideau street from King Edward to the Cummings Bridge which leads to our neighbours in Vanier and the Montreal Road.

We are hopeful  this is the first step in ensuring a traditional low-rise strolling- and-shopping, patio-friendly commercial street that locals and visitors can enjoy. Rideau is a key corridor linking the Byward Market to Sandy Hill, Lowertown & Vanier. Rather than belonging to no-one it belongs to every neighbourhood in our Ward. At the very heart of Ward 12 Rideau must be fully transformed from a conduit to other places to a desirable liveable destination.

Wednesday March 26, 2014
Rideau Library – 377 Rideau Street
Drop in anytime between 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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Eye Spy: Approval for OAG & Arts Court Redevelopment

Congratulations Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG), Arts Court and all of Ottawa! The City today approved the $34 million expansion of the OAG & redevelopment of Arts Court. The Redevelopment & Expansion was passed unanimously in Council the morning of Nov 13th!

OAG redevelopmentIn an overdue but profound recognition of the importance of art and architecture in the Capital, public and private funding was allocated to see this remarkable space – home to diverse artists and that provides a wealth of opportunities for visiting artists  – grow. One of the City’s most dynamic art centres we can’t wait for redevelopment to begin!  Again we hope that this redevelopment incorporates bike lanes and pedestrian improvements to the surrounding area improving this section of downtown with walkways, cafes, benches and greenery where possible.  Remember architecture is about people and places not just buildings!