Confirmed - No parking lot at 160 Lees Avenue

City staff have advised the OECA that the OLRT Confederation Line Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Ottawa and the University of Ottawa has been amended and the replacement parking lot is no longer proposed at 160 Lees Avenue. The new proposed location is 193 Lees Avenue, a city owned property (an untravelled road allowance) adjacent to 200 Lees Avenue (part of the university's Lees Campus). To view the city's development application for 193 Lees Avenue, go to the city's development application search tool aand enter the following application #: D02-02-13-0009.

Thank you to everyone in the community for their outstanding efforts to save the greenspace at 160 Lees Avenue. The community's successful battle against the parking lot on the greenspace was led by Christine Loth-Bown, pictured here with her son Noah.

Christine Loth-Bown

Proposed Ramp for Old Town Hall

City staff kindly met with OOECA and CAG representatives and with Christine Honsl - an OOE resident who uses a chair for mobility - to review proposed plans for a ramp that would provide access from ground level to the first floor of the Old Town Hall (OOE's community centre).

The community welcomes the city initiative to restore access to the first floor, something that has been lacking because of the malfunctioning of the old elevator. However, it is also worth noting that both this elevator and a proposed ramp still will not allow access to the second floor of the Old Town Hall. We recognize the budgetary constraints that have led to the city's not addressing this longstanding problem but want to ensure that at some point this lack of second floor access be fixed.

Brantwood rink closed for the season

March 3, 2013, was the last day for the Brantwood rink. The rink, run by about 50 community volunteers superbly coordinated by Cindy Courtemanche, opened earlier (Christmas) than virtually all other city rinks and closed later, even being open after the heavy snowfall of February 27. And a very big thanks to Mike Galazka, owner of Mike's Service Centre, who for more than 20 years has plowed the rink, and whose plow suffered in the clearing of the aftermath of the February 27th storm.

The Ottawa East Hosers, who perfected their skills over decades at the Brantwood rink, won this year's Capital Ward Cup, emblematic of shinny supremacy in the heart of the nation's capital. Congratulations to them!

The #16 bus to return to part of Main Street

According to information the OECA has received from Councillor Chernushenko’s office, OCTranspo plans to reinstate the #16 bus on part of Main Street sometime this spring. Plans are to have the #16 from downtown come up Lees Avenue as it does now, and turn left onto Main Street and continue south on Main Street as far as Hazel Street, where it will make a left turn into the parking lot of Saint Paul University, and terminate its run at the university. Plans are to eliminate the existing route west on Hawthorne Avenue, up Elgin Street and around the police station. OCTranspo also plans to renumber the existing twice-a-day #5 run from Sandy Hill along Main Street to the hospitals on Smyth Road. Presumably these two runs will become a #16 route.

OCTranspo has not consulted the OECA on these changes, despite our numerous requests for consultation. We have sent a number of e-mails and made a specific presentation to the transit commission requesting that the #16 be reinstated all the way down Main Street and up Smyth Road to the hospitals. This proposed change will not meet any of the community’s needs, and ignores our many requests for a reinstated route to the hospitals on Smyth Road.

EMC News editorial re: 160 Lees Avenue

The EMC News (Ottawa East) has posted a great editorial regarding 160 Lees Avenue. You can read it here.

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