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.
Why does it take so long to finish a road? Says Wilkinson: “The delay is more due to the soft soils as they need to load the soil with rock to compress it so that it can more easily hold the weight of the bridge. At this point they are reviewing the design to ensure it meets new requirements for earthquakes that were approved last year, after which they can undertake the work needed to strengthen the soils and get underway.”
FLEWELLYN-JONES HOUSE, a 19th century stone home at the corner of Fernbank and Shea Road, will be back on the agenda at the January 14 meeting of the city’s Built Heritage Sub-Committee. City staff are recommending that the house receive heritage designation. It was supposed to be considered on December 10, but the owners asked for a deferral. You can read more about the history of the building here…
COFFEE TALK: The Nestle Toll House, a coffee shop at the corner of Fernbank and Terry Fox, shut down just before Christmas. Meanwhile, construction is underway at The Grounds, a new coffee shop opening in February next to the Food Basics in Fairwinds. In other coffee shop news, the current owners of Gaia Java continue to work out the details with an interested buyer to keep the coffee shop open.
SKATING IN STITTSVILLE: Nice to hear the sound of skates echoing from the Bandmaster Park rink in my neighbourhood. It’s one of several local rinks that have opened up over the past few days. Our sister site OttawaStart.com has a big list of outdoor (and indoor) rinks in the city, and you can also check out OttawaRinks.ca for the latest ice conditions.