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Community Issues

New developments in the Parkway House matter

Posted: May 1, 2014

OFFER TO PURCHASE PARKWAY HOUSE, 2475 REGINA STREET: Report to Finance and Economic Development Committee and Council (City of Ottawa), May 6, 2014

This report is currently only available in PDF format.


Presentation on behalf of Lincoln Heights-Parkway Community Association (LHPCA) on Offer to Purchase Parkway House, 2475 Regina Street

Delivered to Finance and Economic Development Committee, May 6, 2014, by Julia Goodman, President, LHPCA

View or download the presentation (MS-Word format)


Proposed Changes to Carling Ave. at Richmond Rd.

April 16, 2013

Provided to the Assoiciation by Mike Carter

The linked PDF file (790KB) contains a conceptual plan showing proposed westbound bus-only turn lane on Carling Avenue at Richmond Road. Please note that this is a concept only and not a detailed design drawing: that will come later.


Proposed Redevelopment of Britania Plaza

As of October 2013, this redevelopment is underway!

April 12, 2013

Thanks to one of our neighbours for finding this and forwarding it to the Association.

Site Location:

1495 Richmond Road.

Description of Site and Surroundings:

The site is located to the north east of the intersection of Richmond Road and Carling Avenue and occupied by a retail plaza known as the ‘Britannia Plaza.’ The site is designated Arterial Mainstreet in the Official Plan and zoned AM[92] - Arterial Mainstreet. Exception [92] contains provisions relating to the maximum gross floor area of each permitted use.

The plaza is built over two levels. The upper level consists predominantly of retail food units and a pub. The lower level is predominantly reserved for parking and also contains retail units.

Purpose of Site Plan Control Proposal:

The purpose of this Site Plan Control application is to redevelop a section of the upper plaza that was destroyed by fire in 2009. This section of the plaza is to the east of the existing retail units and pub, and itself abuts a fast-food restaurant located on the next lot east of the plaza.

Proposal Details:

The proposal is to build two retails stores and a bank with a drive-through service. The combined size of the proposed units and bank is 550 m2. The applicant intends to add 14 parking spaces to the plaza to accommodate the new development and add new landscaping in relation to the proposed drive-through area.

Urban Services Unit
City of Ottawa


Parkway Crossing to Lincoln Fields bus station

The new crossing was completed in mid-2013.

April 5, 2013

Lincoln Fields Station Pedestrian Crossing Safety and Universal Accessibility Improvements.

The linked document (4MB PDF) contains the detailed drawings for the parkway crossing that have now been circulated to each City department for comment.

Once the circulation window is closed, the City will put the project out to tender for construction. As of right now, Councillor Mark Taylor's office expects that construction will start in mid-May and be completed in August. These are just preliminary timelines, however. As more information becomes available, Councillor Taylor's office will update LHPCA president, Julia Goodman.


Proposed Redevelopment of Parkway House

Posted: April 2010

An open letter from Julia Goodman

Folks:

This is an update to my message of April 3 regarding the Parkway House land development issue, which reported on the April 1 meeting.

The presentation made at that meeting by James McLaren, Chair of the Board of Parkway House, is on our website at: 01 April 2010 Presentation by Parkway House (in PDF format)

Peter Caskey, a long time resident in our community, a neighbour of Parkway House, and a policy analyst by profession, has provided his view of the history of the land since the 1970's, and the basis for the current plan of Parkway House and Windmill Development Group. See An Evaluation of the Parkway House Proposal

Following the meeting, I wrote to Mr. McLaren with an offer to organize a think-tank type of event to develop alternate means of addressing Parkway House's financial issues. There has not yet been progress to report on this offer.

Mr. McLaren and I also met with our MPP, Bob Chiarelli, on April 9, to request his assistance in resolving Parkway House's underlying financial issues. Mr. Chiarelli suggested pursuing alternate solutions, particularly in collaboration with other health-related interests. He specifically suggested that an appropriate use for the land might be for transitional housing, to free up hospital beds occupied by those not well enough to go home but not in need of hospital care. Mr. Chiarelli is pursuing his contacts within the Champlain Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) to see if this is a viable idea.

In early April, Mr. McLaren wrote to the City Clerk requesting a meeting to discuss the modification of the covenant on the land. This request is under discussion by City of Ottawa staff, and is expected to come before the appropriate committee in the weeks to come. The LHPCA will be informed of which committee and the time of the meeting, and the city staff report on the issue will be made available to us in advance. Members of the community will be able to appear before the committee to present their views.

In order to be able to focus on the various aspects of the development issue, we are forming three related focus areas:

  1. Alternative Solutions to focus on exploring the range of solutions that are supportive of Parkway House but are in the context of the broader community interests with the covenant and zoning considerations. Mike Carter (mtcarteron@gmail.com) is the lead on this.
  2. Outreach to focus on community relations with Parkway House, other community associations, the media, and elected representatives. Julia Goodman (julia951@rogers.com) is the lead on this.
  3. Municipal and Legal to focus on the process with city officials, planning and legal aspects of this issue. Parham Momtahan (parham@momtahan.com) is the lead on this.

If you'd like to contribute with your expertise to any of these focus areas please contact the appropriate leads.

I will provide further updates as the situation develops.

Supporting documentation


Other Issues

The following issues were also identified at the inaugural meeting of the association (2009) as being of particular interest to the community:

  • Neighbourhood Watch (including park and bike paths)
  • Improved access to transit way from this side of neighbourhood
  • Performance of winter snowplowing
  • Light-rail connecting Tunney's Pasture and Lincoln Fields along river parkway (or Richmond-Byron corridor, or Carling Ave.)
  • Outreach to other community associations and bodies (e.g. businesses)
  • Speeding in the neighbourhood
  • Social, recreational events, summer, winter
  • Winter parking on Regina

If you would like to suggest other issues that may be of interest to the Lincoln Heights - Parkway Community Association, please contact us.