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NOTEBOOK: New RMT on Stittsville Main, a lost building’s rich retail history

NEW RMT ON STITTSVILLE MAIN

Holly Milliner
Holly Milliner

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.”

Bradley's General Store at 1518 Stittsville Main Street. Date unknown.
Bradley’s General Store at 1518 Stittsville Main Street. Date unknown.

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.
  • The Arcadia Community Association is hoping to raise $50,000, 25% of the funds needed to build a splash pad in their community.
    More from Kucherhan’s meeting here (FB)…

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 kathy@coveredbridgebrewing.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.

That’s reminiscent of the situation a couple of years back when a couple of large home builders agreed to update their marketing that promoted Poole Creek Village as being “in the heart of Kanata”, when in fact they are a part of Stittsville.

For the record, Carp River is the boundary between Kanata South and Stittsville along Hazeldean Road.

Shoe Company Facebook post

 


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Multiple injuries, including 4 kids, in crash on Queensway near Eagleson

(Via Ottawa Paramedics)

Paramedics responded to a call for a single vehicle collision that occurred on the Queensway westbound near Eagleson Rd. The Ottawa Paramedic Service Communications Centre received the call at approximately 17:23 hrs today July 27th, 2016.

There were 7 occupants in the vehicle of which paramedics treated 5 patients for various minor injuries as a result of the collision:

–       37 year old female with neck and back injuries in stable condition

–       8 year old female with neck and back injuries in stable condition

–       3 other children (ages 6, 10 and 14) were treated and transported as a precaution

Additionally there were 2 other patients assessed and released on scene.

 


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Traffic impacts on Eagleson Road and Highway 417 on-ramps start Tuesday

(Media advisory)

The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) will begin work on Tuesday, November 17 to widen sidewalks on the west side of the Eagleson Road Bridge over Highway 417 and its approaches. The construction is scheduled to be completed in mid-December.

As part of the construction activities, MTO will need to reduce southbound Eagleson Road to one lane in the work area. The eastbound and westbound on-ramps to Highway 417 from southbound Eagleson Road will also be closed overnight from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for approximately five weeks.

Pedestrians will be redirected to the east sidewalk during construction.

The work will deliver a better walking environment for pedestrians crossing the Eagleson Bridge by widening the sidewalk on the west side of the bridge and its approaches and eliminating concrete drainage outlets on the approaches to provide a flat surface

Portable Variable Message Signs are already in place to advise motorists of the upcoming lane reduction and ramp closures so they can plan alternate routes.

With all of the construction-related activities underway, residents are encouraged to be flexible with commuting times, stagger work hours or use alternative means for travel. The public is asked to consider options such as transit, walking, cycling or carpooling.

The City of Ottawa has tools on ottawa.ca to help motorists and transit users plan their routes and manage their commute including:

 

For current information about traffic and construction around the city, visit ottawa.ca.


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Southbound lane reductions on Eagleson overpass

(Photo: The Eagleson sidewalk was closed to pedestrians last winter because the sidewalks were built too narrow for city snowplows.)

(story via Kanata North Councillor Marianne Wilkinson)

As of November 2nd  until mid December southbound traffic over the March/Eagleson Bridge over Highway 417 will be limited to oe lane.  Expect Delays. Continue reading


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Tow truck driver hit on Queensway while responding to collision

UPDATE SEPT.  1: CBC reports that the tow truck driver is still in hospital, and that a woman from Smiths Falls has been charged with having worn tires after Aug. 26 crash in rainy conditions.

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(Media release via the Ottawa Paramedic Service)

Paramedics responded to a call for a pedestrian struck on the 417 Eastbound at the Palladium On-ramp. The Communications Centre received the call at 16:53 hrs today August 26, 2015  Paramedics treated a male tow truck operator.

The tow truck operator was outside his vehicle when struck by a passing vehicle  That car then struck one of the vehicles from the initial collision.

Patient 1 – Tow truck operator, 46 yr old male –  severe life threatening multi-system trauma – closed head and abdominal injuries. Unconscious and being ventilated by paramedics enroute to hospital

Patient 2 – Male age 30 , with neck and back pain,  was struck sitting in his parked car, not wearing seat belt as vehicle was not drivable following initial collision

Patient 3 – Female 19, with neck and head pain, Spinal immobilized; Front seat passenger

Patient 4 – Female 19, driver of vehicle that struck the parked vehicle, spinal immobilized
The Tow truck operator is in critical condition at the Ottawa Trauma Unit all other patents were distributed to Ottawa Hospitals.

Ontario Provincial Police Service is investigating the incident.


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LINKED: Huntmar overpass unfriendly to bikes, pedestrians

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Besides running StittsvilleCentral.ca, I’m also president of the Fairwinds Community Association.  CBC reported today on an issue that we’ve been pursuing around pedestrian safety on the Huntmar bridge.  The bridge has been deemed too narrow for pedestrians to cross safely, and there’s no plan to widen it until 2026.  We wrote a letter to councillors last month with a simple, inexpensive solution: make the bridge one-way for cars. That’s where CBC picked up the story. -GG.)

Residents who live near the Tanger Outlets mall and the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa are calling for better pedestrian access across Highway 417.

The Huntmar Drive overpass connects the two Kanata landmarks but it was designed and built before thousands of people moved into homes nearby.

The narrow thoroughfare lacks sidewalks and is dangerous to bike across, said Joe Boughner of the Fairwinds Community Association.

“[It] was never designed with pedestrian or cycle traffic in mind,” said Boughner, whose group wants the city to convert part of the overpass to alternating one-way traffic.

Read the full article…

 


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Saturday’s power outage may have been caused by road salt

UPDATE: Here’s a statement from Rebecca Hickey in Hydro Ottawa’s media an public affairs department:

The outage on Saturday March 14th affecting Stittsville, Kanata, Richmond and Munster was caused by a Hydro One pole that caught fire. The pole, located along Highway 417 near Huntmar, is the main source of electricity from Hydro One’s provincial high-voltage transmission grid to the local grid managed by Hydro Ottawa.

Pole fires can take place, particularly in late winter, when salt spray from passing cars builds up on the electrical infrastructure. This build up, paired with moisture in the air, can allow the electricity to travel through the insulator and energize the wooden pole, causing it to catch fire.

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UPDATE: Small step in the right direction for Eagleson overpass sidewalk

City officials and staff from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) think they have a solution to the sidewalk problem on the Eagleson overpass, but it won’t be safe for pedestrians until at least next fall.

The sidewalk is about five centimetres too narrow for city snowplows to safely clear, and there are issues with the design of the bridge and approaches to it that make it a hazard for pedestrians.

Wilkinson attended a meeting with city staff, along with a manager of highway engineering and senior project engineer from the MTO.

Wilkinson provided this update to StittsvilleCentral.ca:

“MTO is looking at how to make modifications to make the sidewalk accessible by a ramp, wide enough for a snow plow and without the drainage channel cutting across it. [We] will put together a design and discuss it with the City for implementation this year (before next winter),” says Wilkinson.

“Snow removal this year will not be to sidewalk standards but snow will be removed when the bridge is cleared leaving a packed snow area – we prefer pedestrians to not use it and may sign it that way as it will still not be safe due to the drainage cut and lack of adding grit or salt,” she says.

She also said the City is looking at fully connecting the sidewalk approach to the overpass sidewalk when it’s in place.

Brandy Duhaime, a spokesperson for the MTO, said action items coming out of the meeting include widening the paved approaches and changing the drainage on the bridge.

“We’ll work on getting this work added to another contract this summer,” said Duhaime.


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UPDATE: When is a sidewalk not a sidewalk?

Why can’t snow be cleared from the sidewalk on the Eagleson Road overpass?

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and the City of Ottawa are both blaming each other for what’s become a very dangerous situation for pedestrians who use the bridge that connects Kanata North and Kanata South.

We asked city councillor Marianne Wilkinson and the MTO about a few of the issues. Their responses are collected below.

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EDITORIAL: City and MTO need to get in the same lane

The sidewalk on the Eagleson Queensway overpass in Kanata is closed for the rest of winter because it’s too narrow for sidewalks to plow the snow.

That’s right, the same bridge that just re-opened after months of repairs, the same bridge that is right next to the Eagleson OC Transpo Transitway stop, is now closed to pedestrians until the snow melts. Continue reading


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Eagleson northbound on-ramp to Queensway westbound closed December 1-5

From the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

The Eagleson northbound on-ramp to Highway 417 westbound will be closing from Monday, December 1, to December 5 for necessary culvert replacement work.

Our Contractor will be working 24 hours a day to ensure the ramp will be reopened by the end of the day on Friday, December 5. We will be placing signs indicating the ramp closure dates in advance of the closure to inform the travelling public. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate ramps to access Highway 417.


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417 eastbound lanes to open Friday morning

UPDATE: Sent at 5:11am on Friday morning from Andrew MacHardy with McIntosh Perry, the contractor responsible for the 417 construction: “The newly constructed Highway 417 Eastbound lanes including HOV lanes and Hwy 7 S/E ramp widening between Highway 7 and Eagleson Road has been opened to the public this morning.  There remains minor items of work to complete within both the East and Westbound lanes that may require isolated single lane closures during off peak periods.”


 

UPDATE: Now it’s official. Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation just confirmed via Twitter that the lanes will open at 6:00am.


 

A tweet from Kanata North councillor Marianne Wilkinson on Thursday suggests that the eastbound 417 lanes through Stittsville and Kanata could open as early as Friday morning. Late this afternoon the lanes were free of any construction vehicles, but still closed to traffic.

The westbound lanes re-opened last week after several months of construction.


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UPDATE: No sidewalks planned for Huntmar Bridge until 2026

It should only take five minutes to walk from Canadian Tire Centre to Tanger Outlets or Minto’s Arcadia neighbourhood,  but City officials are advising pedestrians to take a bus, car or cab because the Huntmar Bridge is too dangerous.

We wrote last week about the lack of sidewalks on the bridge, which crosses the Queensway and connects Kanata North with Stittsville.  When Tanger Outlets opened last Friday, on site parking quickly filled up and cars were directed to park at Canadian Tire Centre.  The mall’s management provided shuttle buses to cross over Huntmar Bridge, and police were advising pedestrians to stay off the overpass.


 

We asked the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO), City of Ottawa, and local city councillors to comment on the issue.

Brandy Duhaime, a spokesperson with MTO, says that the province would only add a sidewalk if the City of Ottawa covered the cost. Any safety measures (including signage and enforcement) are the sole responsibility of the City.

Here’s the response we received from Vivi Chi, the City of Ottawa’s manager of transportation planning:

The Huntmar Road-Queensway overpass is not designed for safe or comfortable pedestrian travel. The City did engage with the Ontario government when the rehabilitation of the overpass was being planned to see if pedestrian/cycling facilities could be added to the structure. However, the existing structure cannot support a modified deck of any significant width to be beneficial for pedestrians and cyclists.  It was suggested that a new footbridge be built adjacent to the existing one but this option is not affordable for the City as a stand-alone project. 

The City is reviewing the need for signage in the area to keep pedestrians off the narrow overpass. Police have authority to enforce this prohibition.

The City’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP) does include enhancements to the area road system in the 2014-2019 period.  One such project is the widening of Campeau Drive (from Huntmar to Didsbury).  This new four-lane roadway running parallel to Highway 417 will serve the Tanger site and nearby new developments. Campeau Drive will have both cycling and pedestrian facilities and the development areas around the Tanger site will have additional parking.

 In the long term, the eventual widening of Huntmar Road will also involve widening the overpass, and at that time, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure will be included. This is planned as a Phase 3 project for implementation in the period between 2026-2031. 

We note that OC Transpo has begun transit service to the new Tanger development. Details are here:

http://ottawa.ca/en/news/new-oc-transpo-service-tanger-outlets

(OC Transpo buses serving Tanger Outlets were detoured away from the shopping centre on Friday due to heavy traffic.  Bus riders could transfer on to one of Tanger’s shuttles at Canadian Tire Centre.)

There currently are no sidewalk connections to Tanger Outlets or Arcadia.  Besides Huntmar Bridge, the other linking roads are Huntmar to the north and the Queensway on-ramp to the west.

Shad Qadri, city councillor for Stittsville, says he’s concerned about pedestrian safety on the bridge, and he’s talked with city staff and councillors to find a solution.

“The discussions with west end councillors and staff have included the need to review bringing the widening of Huntmar Road to an earlier timeline in the TMP and we will continue to look into opportunities to do so,” he said.

Meanwhile to the east, there’s a similar problem on the Eagleson Road overpass.  The bridge connects the Eagleson Park and Ride with Kanata North — but doesn’t have any sidewalks.

“Last year when it became known that the province had not included paved pathways to the Eagleson bridge in their work plans we began the process to ask for reconsideration,” said Allan Hubley, the councillor for Kanata South.

“I have had several meetings with staff for updates and expect an answer from the province after the election period,” he said.

Marianne Wilkinson, councillor for Kanata North, says she’s been working on getting sidewalks built for both bridges.

“I had asked MTO repeatedly to include a sidewalk on the Huntmar bridge but they said it couldn’t be accommodated,” she said.

Both the Eagleson and Huntmar overpasses underwent repair and maintenance work this summer.


 

Here are a few comments from our readers:

Maureen Miller-Lamoureux, via Facebook: “The article mentions that the municipality didn’t ask for sidewalks? Why? Did they not think they were needed? Does the city of Stittsville have a beef with walkers, bikers?”

Amanda Libbey Wittebol, via Facebook: “Wow! I was planning on walking there in the spring for sure (it would only be about half an hour) We always walk to the Canadian tire centre, but I guess a little further is out of the question.”

Mike Philpott, via Facebook: “I just dodged a few people who were walking to tanger outlets. Not safe at all!!”


Do you think the Huntmar Bridge needs sidewalks? Are there other areas in Stittsville that have poor pedestrian facilities?  Tell us about it in the comments below or email feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca


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SHOPOCALYPSE NOW: Tanger Outlets opening day recap

(Photo: An unidentified woman changes a diaper while parked on the side of the Queensway, en route to Tanger Outlets on opening day. Photo via @PaulaMcCooey on Twitter.)

Traffic jams were the big story coming out of today’s grand opening of Kanata’s Tanger Outlets shopping complex.  Cars were backed up on the Queensway all the way to Bayshore at one point this morning. Continue reading


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Why are there no sidewalks on the Huntmar overpass?

The Huntmar Bridge that crosses the Queensway doesn’t have sidewalks, and probably won’t for at least a decade.

The overpass connects Tanger Outlets, Minto’s new 1,500-home Arcadia development, and Canadian Tire Centre.  There are sidewalks south and north of the bridge, but the bridge itself only has a narrow curb on one side and a narrow paved shoulder on the other.

We asked the City of Ottawa why the bridge doesn’t have sidewalks, and they said to ask the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, who own and manage the bridge.

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Westbound Queensway lanes to re-open by Friday

Most of the lane reductions on the westbound Queensway between Moodie and Eagleson will be removed by October 10, and the Carp Road overpass will re-open by the end of the month.

Those two updates and more were provided in an update today from  Andrew MacHardy, from McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers.   Here’s his full email, sent to media and city officials. Continue reading


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