Over the next few years, thousands of employees at the Department of National Defence will move into the old Nortel buildings on Moodie Drive. The Ottawa Citizen ran a feature this weekend called “The rise of Pentagon North: How Ottawa’s new DND headquarters will change this city”.
It looks at the impact of the move on things like real estate and transportation. Here’s an excerpt:
For many in DND, especially those with younger children, this translates into a fondness for newer developments such as those sprouting up around the Canadian Tire Centre hockey stadium. Four of Scott’s clients have recently bought homes in the Stittsville area. He said one subdivision, Fairwinds, has become so popular with DND employees, some are calling it “CFB Fairwinds.” (Short for Canadian Forces Base).
Scott’s experience suggests the shift to the west in real estate is already underway. If Ottawa’s new light rail project eventually extends past the Bayshore Shopping Centre into Kanata, the trend could well accelerate.