Vision Vanier – It’s Vanier’s Time
Vision Vanier is part of Montreal Road’s grand transformation. It combines several initiatives for improving Vanier including: a Vanier art plan, the revitalization of Riverain Park, the Building Better Revitalized Neighbourhoods (BBRN) initiative and the Montreal Road Community Improvement Plan (CIP).
The goal of the CIP is to see the construction of new buildings and transform the business mix along Montreal Road. The CIP report just passed through committee and council in May and the City will begin accepting applications at the end of June. The CIP will apply to all renewal projects in the area along Montreal Road from North River Road to Aviation Parkway. Eligible projects must result in a minimum increase of $50,000 in the assessed value of a commercial property on Montreal Road.
Consideration of a CIP for Montreal Road began with a request from the Quartier Vanier Business Improvement Association. We’ve had good success with CIPs in other areas of the City. For instance, Bells Corners has applications for a new hotel, a 3-unit retail mall, and 2 new commercial buildings. This is a suburban example of mainstreet transformation.
If you are a property owner on Montreal Road or a potential investor there is no better time to redevelop or invest in this important mainstreet of Ottawa. The Riverain Park Revitalization, located on the edge of the Rideau River between Montreal Road and the Adawe Bridge, is set to begin next spring (2020) and public consultation will begin in summer 2019. There’s over $1 million in the budget so get your ideas ready. Meanwhile the Riverain parking lot is undergoing improvements including resurfacing the parking lot, accessibility improvements, and an improved multi-use pathway (MUP) linking McArthur Avenue to Riverain Park. The approved budget for the project is approximately $200,000. Stay tuned for the consultation opportunities.
In March 2019, the BBRN strategy was approved by Council to continue with a series of neighbourhood specific action plan initiatives to be implemented over the short, medium and long-term. The BBRN looks at public and private spaces and tries through different initiatives and approaches to increase community activation and design of the space. We have two combined efforts in Vanier North and South of Montreal Road.
Vanier’s Public Art Plan was created after several public consultations. It is ambitious and a good representation of the community. Common goals are gateway features, and gathering spaces. The plan is now available online. You can check it out by visiting www.ottawa.ca/visionvanier and selecting “Vanier Public Art Program”. The next step is the call out to artists. It’s Vanier’s Time! For further information you can visit Ottawa.ca/visionvanier.
Ottawa Art Gallery – 1st Year Up and Running
As the summer months approach, be sure to visit the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) right in the heart of our vibrant community. Celebrating their one year anniversary with over a quarter of a million visitors so far, the OAG brings together community and local arts to provide a cultural meeting place in which our diverse community greatly benefits. The OAG includes local galleries, the Jackson Café, as well as indoor and outdoor meeting spaces. Over the last year, the OAG has showcased various local artists from photography and light to sculptures and contemporary Indigenous art. The OAG is also home to selections from the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art featuring works from the Group of Seven.
The gallery is open from 9AM-9PM, Monday to Sunday, making it an accessible location to all! Artist Talks, Free Friday Childcare, Happy Hour, Special Exhibits and Summer Camps are just some of the great events that OAG makes available in our community. Be sure to visit the OAG this summer to experience this showcase gallery. For more information https://www.oaggao.ca/.
ByWard Market Public Realm Plan
The ByWard Market is one of the most well known destinations in Ottawa. Due to its economic and cultural contributions, it’s important for the city to ensure that the Byward Market remains a popular and successful destination in the future. This is why we are currently working on a vision for short, medium and long-term improvements for the network of public spaces there.
Different forms of engagement will be used during the summer to solicit more public feedback. Feedback about the detailed plans being presented, including the vision statement, refined design principles, framework plan and street-by-street early concepts. Specific questions about trees, paving, seating and other amenities proposed along the street segments will also be reviewed. Two pilot projects representing early ideas coming out of the ByWard Market Public Realm Study will begin this season: Clarence St Pedestrian Space Improvements and William St Programming and Street Animation. The pilot projects are joint efforts between the City of Ottawa, the businesses along Clarence and Ottawa Markets.
Final Prep Stages for Montreal Road
We’re now undergoing the final preparation stages for the Montreal Road Revitalization Project. Our final open house was held on May 13th at the Centre Pauline Charron and a special open house for impacted businesses was held on May 16th at the same location. Both were well-attended. Overall, the community is highly satisfied with this project.
In case you missed it, the latest news is that we were successful in passing a motion at Council to have the hydro poles buried along the whole corridor of North River Road to De L’Eglise. This is a tremendous accomplishment and will make a world of difference for residents and businesses alike!
The project presents a once in a lifetime chance to give one of Ottawa’s mainstreets a new modern and welcoming look and feel. This new look will include a new street, sidewalks, cycling tracks, trees, benches, waste receptacles, public art and more.
The revitalization project will last four years in total, with two years of major work. The first and last year will be minimally disruptive. The construction preparatory work started the first week of May and utility work (including hydro work) will continue through this spring and summer.
The main construction work (underground sewer and watermain replacement) will begin this fall. One traffic lane in each direction and pedestrian access will remain at all times this year. 2020 and 2021 will be the biggest construction years, followed by the landscaping work to be done in 2022. For details on the design of the road please visit www.ottawa.ca/montrealroad.
Great Community Café in our Neighbourhood
The All Saints Church, a beloved heritage property and building of national historic significance in Sandy Hill, has now become a beautiful event venue and amazing café called Working Title. Working Title, which is open every day of the week from 7 am to 7 pm (except Saturday when they are closed for private events) has become a community hub where everybody is welcome.
“It really is a place where you can not only meet your neighbours, in a nice and cozy environment, but also people from all across Ottawa, ” said Leanne Moussa, President and Founder of All Saints Development Inc. and a proud Sandy Hill resident.
Working Title, which is located at the corner of Laurier and Chapel, is getting ready for the summer with the installation of a beautiful stone patio that should open mid-June, serving drinks, dinner, and some great Merry Dairy ice cream! This is the perfect place to enjoy a cold drink and some tasty food made with all locally-sourced ingredients. For more information on this community treasure visit the website at www.allsaintsottawa.ca.