(ABOVE: Carp River, April 8, 2017. The Arcadia neighbourhood is in the background.)
(Guest post from Daniel J. Kucherhan with the Arcadia Community Association.)
Residents of Arcadia have been watching the Carp River closely over the past few weeks, as record rainfall has caused water levels to submerse pathways, bridges, and trees that were delivered as part of the Carp River Restoration Plan (CRRP).Continue reading →
Holly Milliner has moved her registered massage therapy practice, Syner-G Massage Therapy and Wellness Centre to the little white house at 1535 Stittsville Main Street, just south of Orville.
“It’s a great spot to catch the action on Main Street, and I’m really looking forward to the foot traffic that Quitters and Story Art will hopefully bring this summer,” she says.
“I grew up in Glen Cairn and always remembered Stittsville for the Sundays we’d spend at the Flea Market. Then I moved with my folks in 2006 to Timbermere and started seeing this community a little differently, as an adult and thinking it would be a great place to raise a family.
“This location is also a bonus as I live on Elm – you can’t beat a 5 minute walk to work,” says Milliner.
A LOST BUILDING’S RICH RETAIL HISTORY Last month I wrote about the the property at 1520 Stittsville Main Street that’s up for sale. Until 2014, it was home to 19th century heritage building that most recently was home to the Louisiannie’s and NOLA restaurants.
John Bottriell fills us in on some of the businesses that called the building home over the years: “This building has had many uses over the years… The Royal Albert Tea Room, Pixie’s Florists, Toomey’s Photography and of course Bradley’s dry goods store. I have memories of the early 1980’s walking our children to the Stittsville Nursery School and stopping with them to view the stuffed animals displayed in the window.”
MEANWHILE, NORTH OF THE QUEENSWAY Daniel Kucherhan lives in Arcadia and reports back from a meeting he had with Kanata North councillor Marianne Wilkinson:
Officially, we’re still looking at a 10-15 year horizon for the province to build pedestrian infrastructure across the Queensway at Huntmar. In the meantime, Kucherhan says Wilkinson is working on a plan to construct a pedestrian/bicycle overpass, and will ask the provincial and federal government to pitch in on the cost – roughly $15-million.
The Campeau Bridge over the Carp River, linking Huntmar all the way to Terry Fox, is likely still at least two years away.
WICHES CAULDRON AND COVERED BRIDGE CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK’S DAY
Covered Bridge Brewing and Wiches Cauldron are teaming up for a St. Patrick’s Day party. featuring dinner (Irish stew, soda bread and stout cupcakes, 12 oz beer of choice, and live music. Tickets ($30) must be purchased in advance, available at the brewery. Email email@example.com for details.
NEW TOWNHOMES PROPOSED FOR BLACKSTONE AREA
There’s a new site plan control application to build 20 freehold townhomes at 502 Dressage Street in the Blackstone subdivision, off Oxer Place. The City of Ottawa is accepting public comments on the proposal. Click here for more info…
SHOE COMPANY DISCOVERS STITTSVILLE
A social media post listing the new Hazeldean Road Shoe Company location as being in Kanata drew the ire of a few Stittsville residents, prompting the company to update their post.
“We’ve updated the location! Thanks for clarifying for us David! Sadly we’re not local to the store so didn’t realize it fell within Stittsville, not Kanata. What we do know is we are excited to be at our new location, and hope to see you soon,” they wrote.
CAMPEAU DRIVE: Kanata North Councillor Marianne Wilkinson says that the full Campeau extension from Terry Fox to Huntmar isn’t expected to open until 2018. That’s on schedule according to the City’s Transportation Master Plan, which calls for completion sometime between 2014 and 2019. Continue reading →
Remember that scene in Back to the Future, when Doc says to Marty: “Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.”
The opposite is true for Future Stittsville. Our village is expanding from about 30,000 today to over 70,000 in 2031, and the rapid growth here and in areas south like Richmond is already putting a strain on road infrastructure. Continue reading →
The City of Ottawa has received a site plan control application from RioCan for Phase 2 of the Tanger Outlets complex. It includes plans for a six-storey hotel and six free-standing restaurants.
Phase 2 is located to the south of the existing mall. The 134-room hotel will be tucked in next to the Queensway, with the restaurants surrounding it to the north. 420 car parking spaces and 22 bike parking spaces are included in the plan.
There are two road entrances to the site, one via Huntmar Drive and the other connecting to the existing Tanger parking lot.
According to the plan, archeological foundations on the on the west side of the creek that runs through the development will be “preserved and featured through a landcape treatment on the site”.
No word yet on what the restaurants will be, or what brand of hotel. Those details usually come later in the planning process.
Residents travelling along Huntmar Drive will experience two permanent changes in traffic flow beginning today.
First, Huntmar Drive, north of Palladium Drive, is again open to traffic. This section of Huntmar Drive has been closed due to construction since June 9.
Second, the intersection of Huntmar Drive and Campeau Drive has been turned into a roundabout. The roundabout will be expanded to a two lane roundabout in the coming weeks. In the meantime, it will be operated under construction conditions.
In recent years the City of Ottawa has installed a number of roundabouts, in place of traditional intersections. Roundabouts are easy to use and, more importantly, safer than traditional intersections.
How to use a roundabout (drivers)
Reduce speed and watch for pedestrians and cyclists when approaching a roundabout.
Look to the left for approaching traffic within the roundabout and be prepared to stop as vehicles already in the roundabout have the right of way.
Enter the roundabout when there is a safe gap in traffic and proceed through the roundabout to your exit.
Use your right turn signal to indicate your exit.
Watch for pedestrians and cyclists when exiting a roundabout and be prepared to stop if necessary.
Pedestrians are reminded to walk on the sidewalk or path and cross only at the designated crosswalks. Look in the direction of the oncoming traffic and wait for a sufficient gap before entering the crosswalk. Pedestrians should never cross the circular roadway to the central island.
Cyclists have two options for navigating a roundabout. Cyclists may operate as a motor vehicle and take control of the lane by riding in the middle, obeying the same rules as motorists. Otherwise, cyclists may dismount at the crosswalk and use the sidewalks and crosswalks as a pedestrian.
Residents can also visit ottawa.ca to learn how to properly navigate through roundabouts.