Hello Centretowners!

Here’s an update on several different files we’re working on at the moment and a look ahead to events and meetings coming up in March.

Central library update

We saw a flurry of activity around the new central library in February. Some of it was positive, some of it was…less positive.

As an organization, we support a vision for a new central library that’s located in Centretown. We believe a downtown library is important not only for residents of Centretown, but also for the thousands of people who work or travel downtown every single day.

A library is not just a place for books. It is a public meeting space. It is a space for educational classes and events. And it is a space to access technology and the internet for people who are unable to do so at home.  The library serves many roles for many people, and we believe those people have the right to an open and meaningful public consultation process for a building that they will be using for the next 30 plus years.

We will continue to watch for any new developments regarding the library and work with our community partners to ensure that a new central library stays central.

Snow removal service standards review

According to CBC, the City has run a deficit on snow removal for four years in a row, including $7.6 million in 2015, and will be conducting a review of its service standards for snow removal this spring.

Icy sidewalks are an all-too-common sight in Centretown, especially along residential streets,  and are often cleared far later than local roads. These sidewalks become dangerous for people of all ages and nearly unusable for those with mobility issues. We’ve been told that citizens will have an opportunity to have input into this review later this spring and we want to hear from you so that we can ensure that the City’s snow removal service standards are raised, not lowered.

Stay tuned for more info on this service review and if you would like to submit comments, please email them to ccca@centretowncitizens.ca

Centretown heritage building study

We’ve been informed by City staff that they will soon be performing a study on heritage buildings located in Centretown in order to create an inventory and comprehensive list.

If you’re interested in local history and preserving some of the great architecture in our neighbourhood, please get in touch with us at ccca@centretowncitizens.ca

Queen Street Renewal / O’Connor Street Bikeway Design

The City of Ottawa unveiled plans for two infrastructure projects in Centretown this week: one was for bike lanes on O’Connor Street, while the other was for a redesign of Queen Street.

As of Wednesday March 9th, details for both projects were not yet available online, but we’ve been informed they will be posted soon. Both projects will be on our radar in the coming months when the community gets a chance to weigh in. If you have any questions or concerns about either project, contact us at ccca@centretowncitizens.ca

Upcoming events and meetings:

Below are several upcoming CCCA meetings in March. Be sure to check out our event calendar for full event listings and locations.

Communications and Membership Committee – Thursday, March 17

Board Meeting – Tuesday, March 22

Contact Us

For more information about the CCCA, you can learn more on our website at centretowncitizens.ca or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

If you ever have any questions about our work or would like to learn more, you can contact us at ccca@centretowncitizens.ca.