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Drive-Through Proposed Island Park

The owner of 70 Richmond Road – the gas station at the corner of Richmond and IPD that received heritage designation from the City last summer – will apply for a change in zoning to allow a restaurant on this property with a drive-through. The cars would enter from Richmond, go behind the building, and exit onto IPD.  The site, just like most of the Richmond/Wellington corridor, is zoned not to permit drive-throughs because this would disrupt the “Main Street” feel.  Attached for your interest is a document outlining Planning Rationale for a Zoning By-Law Amendment for this building.  Are you OK with a drive-through on IPD? We feel this is an important issue, so please let us have your views!

CBC: The idea of a drive-thru café at the corner of Island Park Drive and Richmond Road in Westboro is rubbing some residents the wrong way (continue reading)

Related: Kitchissippi Ward

CTV: Putting the brakes on proposed drive-thru cafe in Wetboro



Fall Newsletter

Find out what your Board of Directors has been up to here Fall 2015 Newsletter .

City Considers Mizrahi Design to be Landmark


Yesterday’s Planning Committee accepted Staff’s report that a new design for Mizrahi project at the corner of IPD and Wellington is indeed landmark.  As a result, the developer will return to the Ontario Municipal Board and likely be granted permission to build a 12 story building.  The site is currently zoned for six to nine stories. Although there will be many steps in between, construction would start in 2017.  We will keep you posted on this project.

Read the story in the Ottawa Citizen

Island Park Drive 100-year Development Plan Nearing Expiry

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Rules covering what kinds of homes can be built alongside Ottawa’s Island Park Drive for 100 years are now a few years away from expiring, leading the area’s councillor to start looking ahead to what may happen early next decade.  Continue Reading

Mazrahi Development

MizrahiRevisedAs many of you may know, Mizrahi Developments proposed a 12-story building for the corner of IPD and Wellington Street West. The proposal was denied by the City because the community secondary plan caps building height on that location at 9 storeys.  Mizrahi appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board, which ruled Mizrahi could either choose to conform to the 9 storeys, or return with a “landmark” design that would justify the extra height.  Mizrahi is staying with the 12-storeys and recently unveiled this new design.  The City is seeking public input, and Councillor Jeff Leiper is hosting a public information session. City planners will be available to answer questions.

Date:  Thursday, September 24
Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Place: Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Drive
More details here

All Candidates Debate



Gas Station Passes First Step to Heritage Designation

Yesterday the City’s Built Heritage Sub-Committee unanimously approved heritage designation for the quaint old gas station at 70 Richmond Road.


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The gas station, which is at the corner of Island Park Drive and Richmond, used to belong to Pierre Trudeau’s father, Charles Emile Trudeau.  The City alerted the community last week the Sub-Committee was going to formally review this application yesterday.  Your board of directors conducted some quick but thorough research and decided to send a letter of support for the designation. You can view the Letter to Heritage Sub-Committee which fully explains our reasons why.

Next steps: request for designation goes to Planning Committee, perhaps as early as next week, and full council will have to vote on it after that.  As you may be aware, the site was purchased over a year ago by developer Main and Main, who is opposing the designation.

Please let us have your views on this matter — are you comfortable with the heritage designation, or would you prefer to see the site developed differently? Let us know – click on the “Leave a Comment” button, below!  We will attend the Planning meeting and make a presentation on behalf of the Association.

Related OC articles:

Committee recommends heritage designation for former Westboro gas station

King: Future Looks Bleak for Ottawa’s Historic ‘Cottage’ Gas Station