I didn’t get pictures of all the graffiti in the old workshop at Bayview Yards, but it’s worth documenting somewhere since it’s pretty good. The design firm wants to try working the art into the redevelopment somehow.
Mayor Jim Watson has directed the city to raise Ukraine’s flag at City Hall during the Paralympics to support the country, which is currently seeing Russian soldiers take up positions inside its borders. Watson is urging other cities to do the same. Here’s his message to other mayors:
Big City Mayors Caucus Colleagues,
I write today regarding the upcoming Paralympics in Sochi and the situation in the Ukraine. Brock Carlton and FCM staff are copied on this email.
I will be asking our City of Ottawa Protocol Office to raise the Ukraine national flag during the course of the Paralympics, commencing March 7th, as a gesture of solidarity with our Ottawa residents of Ukrainian descent who have expressed their concerns to me in recent times. In Ottawa, we did fly our city flag at half-mast following the mass deaths in Kiev two weeks ago following requests from the local community.
Flying the Ukrainian flag during the Paralympics, in all Canadian big cities, would be one way to show our strong support for our fellow Canadians whose families, relatives and friends are impacted by the current crisis. This gesture would also demonstrate our support for the position taken by our federal government in opposition to actions of the Russian Federation.
I urge you to take similar action in each of your jurisdictions and thank you for your consideration.
Jim Watson, Mayor
City of Ottawa
So far I haven’t been able to get the city to comment on this article posted on TunnelTalk, which is sort of an Internet trade magazine for the tunnelling industry.
The article dissects the case of the sinkhole that appeared a week ago on Waller St. as LRT crews were below the surface carving out the tunnel. There’s plenty of technical details about Ottawa’s LRT project and specifically the work at the east tunnel portal, including information the writers say they gathered from project managers.
Part of the reason the sinkhole happened, the article suggests, is because of an existing leak underground from pipes:
When the start of a ground run began, it forced out a pocket of virgin clay and sandy clay deposits and what followed was break in of evident rubble material indicating a trench or surface excavation backfill operation. It was accompanied with an inrush of water and “a distinct sanitary smell”.
The sewer utility buried pipeline had broken and further evidence indicated that this pipeline or the accompanying water supply pipes in the same utility corridor or both had been leaking for some time. The concrete backfill of the sinkhole took more than the collapse material in the tunnel, indicating a pre-existing void under the street.
We have already been told there was a sewer break in the area, but information provided during a press conference indicated the sinkhole caused the damage.
There should be an update soon on the investigation by the Rideau Transit Group. For now, we have two versions of the events.
More Lansdowne Park tenants confirmed, although many names here appeared on an early retail map for the redevelopment.
Lansdowne’s Urban Village develops a personality
Le village urbain de Lansdowne développe sa personnalité
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27, 2014
OTTAWA – The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) today released an update on committed retail tenants at Lansdowne, Ottawa’s new lifestyle destination in the geographic centre of the city. Lansdowne will offer a broad spectrum of retail, dining and recreation experiences on a 40-acre section of Ottawa’s most cherished neighborhood, the Glebe.
“Earlier this week, Cineplex Entertainment announced a unique to Ottawa, state-of-the-art, ten-screen theatre complex at Lansdowne and today I’m excited to talk about some of our other retail partners,” said OSEG Chairman Roger Greenberg. “We have now leased over 80% of the retail space at Lansdowne which affirms our shared vision with the City of Ottawa for transforming Lansdowne into a vibrant mixed-use destination. We’ve also exceeded our target of hosting 40% new-to-Ottawa or unique retailers at Lansdowne and that percentage will advance as we finalize leases for the remaining retail space.”
“I’m delighted to see the retail vision for Lansdowne become a reality,” said John Williams, Senior Partner in the J.C. Williams Group, which proposed the strategic retail planning report approved by Council, which outlined the composition and vision of shops at Lansdowne.
“The objective was twofold: to create a unique urban village with interesting stores, cafés, restaurants, services, cinemas and entertainment; and to complement the Glebe’s Bank Street retail shops and cafés by providing stores and services that are missing on Bank Street. I think OSEG has made great strides towards achieving both of these objectives.”
“I’m pleased to see to even more retailers sign on to the exciting Lansdowne Park revitalization — this is a vote of confidence in the project and our city’s economic future,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Whether you’re a sports fan, a shopper, a movie-goer, or simply want to gather with your family and friends, the new Lansdowne will truly offer something for everyone.”
“We welcome the new businesses to the area,” said Greg Best, Chair of the Glebe BIA. “The Glebe is a popular destination and we’re confident the shops, restaurants and services announced today will do well here in one of Ottawa’s most vibrant shopping districts.”
As outlined below, the new urban village at Lansdowne will include a mixture of new and familiar shops, restaurants and services.
Well known in Western Canada, JOEY Restaurants will bring their innovative casual fine dining concept to Ottawa. JOEY President and CEO Jeff Fuller says the urban village concept at Lansdowne was key to his decision to expand to Ottawa. “The Lansdowne concept is very much in-line with our own concept for JOEY,” said Fuller. “Inside, we’re lively and luxurious and outside, our patio spaces are designed to provide guests with a vacation atmosphere. The synergy of urban retail space and parkland at Lansdowne is in perfect alignment with our philosophy.”
With almost 900,000 members across Canada, GoodLife Fitness is Canada’s most popular health and fitness club, perfectly aligned with the healthy lifestyle environment offered by Lansdowne. GoodLife will open a state-of-the art 30,000 square foot health and fitness club on the lower level of TD Place with easy access from the urban village shopping district and the underground parking garage.
Whole Foods Market is the world’s leading retailer of natural and organic foods. With over 360 market stores in North America and Europe, it makes its Ottawa debut at Lansdowne.
A new concept LCBO VQA Destination Boutique featuring an expanded selection of Ontario’s VQA wines, including hard-to-find wines from smaller producers, will be housed inside a full-size LCBO store
South St. Burger Company makes its Ottawa debut with premium, 100% pure and fresh gluten free Angus Beef burgers, grilled chicken breasts, New York Fries and other favorites in a contemporary New York loft-style environment.
Also new to Ottawa, Local Lounge and Grill is an urban retreat featuring VQA wines, innovative cocktails and craft brewed draught beers, coupled with a menu that features classic favorites prepared with seasonal local ingredients.
A next-generation, energy-efficient TD Bank concept at Lansdowne marries environmental sustainability and TD’s legendary customer service in a uniquely inviting space, seven days a week.
Cineplex Cinemas Lansdowne and VIP is a visionary 10-screen, state-of-the-art theatre complex that offers luxurious seating and licensed in-seat service in some of its movie auditoriums.
New to Ottawa, Sporting Life is Canada’s headquarters for energetic visitors of all ages. At Lansdowne, they’ll offer 43,000 sq. ft. of top-of-the-line, brand-name equipment and lifestyle fashion for those who live The Sporting Life.
Other confirmed retail outlets at Lansdowne include: REDBLACKS/67′s/Fury FC team store, PetSmart, Pharma Plus, The Source, BMO, Telus, Rinaldo’s, Booster Juice, Jack Astor’s and Milestones. Several other retail leases are in the final stages of discussion and will be announced in the coming weeks.
Collectively, the Lansdowne retail district, in harmony with TD Place, the new urban park, residential dwellings and the office tower, represent a modern urban village in a park setting with synergies to satisfy the diverse needs of the Glebe and Ottawa at large.
In 2012, OSEG partnered with the City of Ottawa to develop a plan for Lansdowne that would transform the historic exhibition grounds into a green, sustainable public space that offers sports and entertainment, recreation, shopping, a workplace, dining and condominium living. TD Place at Lansdowne, the new stadium and arena complex, is Ottawa’s downtown concert venue and home to the CFL’s Ottawa REDBLACKS, the NASL’s Ottawa Fury FC and the OHL’s Ottawa 67′s. The shops at Lansdowne are 360,000 sq. ft. of retail and office space designed to complement existing businesses in the Glebe and provide a unique shopping experience. The new, 18-acre Lansdowne Park with the national heritage Aberdeen Pavilion at its centre links the UNESCO World Heritage Rideau Canal with Bank Street and returns green space to Lansdowne. The park will include a great lawn, refrigerated skating rink, children’s play area, farmers’ market space, art pieces and linkages to pedestrian and cycling pathways along the Rideau Canal. Bordered by Queen Elizabeth Driveway to the East and Bank Street to the West, Lansdowne is easily accessible by public transit and bicycle paths.
About the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG)
The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group is a partnership of five Ottawa business and community leaders. OSEG has partnered with the City of Ottawa to revitalize Lansdowne, which will house the TD Place sports and entertainment facility, the historic Aberdeen Pavilion and Horticulture Building, a new commercial district, an office tower, two condominium towers, townhomes and an 18-acre urban park. OSEG also owns and operates three sports teams: the Ottawa REDBLACKS (CFL), Ottawa Fury FC (NASL) and the Ottawa 67′s (OHL). The CFL football team and the NASL soccer team will commence play in 2014. For more information on OSEG visit www.OSEG.ca.
The Rob Ford circus arrived at Ottawa City Hall Wednesday morning, with the beleaguered Toronto mayor holding court with the press minutes before meeting with Canada’s most influential municipal politicians.
“I met almost all the mayors already. Everyone was very friendly,” Ford said after sneaking through a side door to awaiting reporters.
It’s the first time Ford has joined a Big Cities Mayors’ Caucus meeting.
“Everyone has their own prerogative. They can do what they want. No mayor was rude to me this morning. I think I was the first one in the room,” Ford said, adding that he doesn’t believe his presence will be a distraction to the key issues of the day.
“I don’t see what the problem is. We’ve all made mistakes. I’m the first one to admit I’ve made a mistake, a couple of them. I’m moving on. We’re working out every day. I’m losing weight.”
Ford said he’s lost 40 lbs. and he’s stopped drinking.
“Those days are gone,” he said, adding he’s “bright eyed and bushy tailed” on the campaign trail.
“If people want to talk about personal issues, I can go on and on and on and on. I really want to concentrate on the campaign. I want to concentrate on funding from the federal government. That’s why I’m here today.”
Ford suggestion his focus is on getting subway money, housing cash and reinstating home mail delivery.
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson managed to get the mail issue on the agenda of the mayors’ meeting. Other issues are housing and the recently announced federal infrastructure program.
Ford said he’s flying out of Ottawa around 6 p.m.