DCA is back in session

by Anne Bell

After a hot summer, the DCA is back to regular meetings.

Development news
In development news, DCA members have voted to appeal the decision by the City to approve the developer’s application for 900 Albert. City council approved the application in July, completely ignoring the secondary plan formulated by city staff, landowners and the community. The plan stated a maximum height of 30 storeys, whereas the approved application includes a 65-storey building.

Bus route changes
In preparation for the LRT, OC Transpo is changing bus routes, with several changes directly affecting Dalhousie. As of September 2, the #11 no longer stops on Rideau Street in front of the Rideau Centre, cutting passengers off from the shopping mall and ByWard Market.

Route #4 remains the same but the number has changed to #10. When the LRT eventually opens, the #85 will proceed north on Booth to Gatineau and Route #16 will be modified to connect with the new Parliament station. Route #14 remains the same.

Upcoming events
There are several events coming up. The Plant Pool Recreation Association (PPRA) is hosting its annual dessert fundraiser on September 22. Tickets are available in advance and at the door.

Also on September 22, the Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC) is leading a walking tour of Lebreton Flats. Register for the free walk online.

The Dalhousie Community Garden is hosting a Market Day on October 14 with a variety of vendors. Find details about the event on the Dalhousie Community Association Facebook page.

Architecture gallery
Our Dalhousie neighbourhood features many examples of historical architecture. A gallery of over 200 photos showcasing properties of heritage value in the neighbourhood is now up for viewing on the DCA website. Many of these properties have been added to the Heritage Reference List thanks to the recommendations of the DCA.

Photo contest
The DCA is excited to launch a photo contest. We want to see your images of the neighbourhood, including buildings and architecture, people and events. The only requirement is that the neighbourhood be clearly recognizable as being in the area: Bay Street to the east, Bayview Station/O-Train line to the west, the Ottawa River to the north, Highway 417 to the south (east of Booth), and Carling Avenue to the south (west of Booth).

The contest opens Saturday, September 15 and closes Monday, October 29. Visit www.ottawadalhousie.ca for contest details and to sign up for email updates.