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Former CFB Rockcliffe base redevelopment approved by City of Ottawa committee (Andrew Foote, CBC News)

The City of Ottawa's planning committee has approved the redevelopment of the former CFB Rockcliffe air force base just east of downtown Ottawa.

The plans by Canada Lands Company Limited (CLCL) would bring around 5,500 housing units to the property. 

Most of the buildings would be six storeys or fewer, but some mixed-use buildings would be as tall as 20 storeys near Montreal Road and the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway.

Committee approves ‘visionary’ plan for former Rockcliffe airbase (Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen)

The city’s planning and development committee has approved the community development plan for the former CFB Rockcliffe.

Now the real work begins, says Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum. The new development, which encompasses 131 hectares, will eventually be home to 10,000 people. It won’t be finished for another 20 years.

Le Comité de l’urbanisme appuie le projet de développement de l’ex-base Rockcliffe (Jean-Sébastien Marier, Radio-Canada)

La Société immobilière du Canada (SIC), une société d'État fédérale, veut transformer l'ex-complexe militaire en un quartier résidentiel et commercial. La SIC est propriétaire du site de quelque 125 hectares, situé à l'est du centre-ville, depuis 2011.

Le projet immobilier prévoit notamment la construction de 5200 appartements au cours des 15 à 20 prochaines années. Les premiers résidents pourraient y emménager en 2017.

Par ailleurs, la SIC dit que le passé militaire des terrains sera reconnu dans les noms des rues et l'art public.

Un plan pour l’ex-base militaire de Rockcliffe (Patrick Woodbury, Le Droit)

«Enfin!» L'ancien conseiller municipal d'Ottawa, Jacques Legendre, a exprimé mardi tout haut ce que beaucoup pensent tout bas: la municipalité va finalement de l'avant avec sa transformation de l'ex-base militaire de Rockcliffe en un nouveau quartier résidentiel et commercial d'importance.

Le comité d'urbanisme a donné son aval au méga projet de 131 hectares situé à l'est de la promenade de l'Aviation et au nord du chemin de Montréal.

«Il s'agit d'un projet très important. Le plus grand en son genre au centre-ville», a rappelé John Smit, un urbaniste de la Ville d'Ottawa.

Former CFB Rockcliffe redevelopment proposed (Matthew Pearson, Ottawa Citizen)


The City of Ottawa’s planning committee is set to consider a detailed and ambitious blueprint for redeveloping the former Rockcliffe military base to accommodate thousands of new homes over the next 20 years, making it the largest residential development inside the Greenbelt in a generation. Matthew Pearson explains.


NCC scales back divisive communism memorial (Emma Jackson, Ottawa East News)

The Victims of Communism memorial has been drastically reduced in size, but the NCC has moved closer to finalizing its controversial location.

The National Capital Commission presented a significantly smaller design for the proposed monument at its board of directors meeting on June 25, but it also approved starting a decontamination project on the site in preparation for the monument’s construction – something Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum called “discouraging.”

St. Laurent Boulevard to become ‘complete street’ by summer’s end (Alex Robinson, Ottawa East News)

Bike lanes could be coming to St. Laurent Boulevard as early as this summer.

City staff unveiled its preferred roadway configuration for the project at a community open house on June 18. The plan promises to make the boulevard safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

It will provide a bike lane along the roadway from Hemlock Street to Montreal Road, providing a link to the east-west bikeway.

Councillors invite residents to envision better Beechwood Avenue (Alex Robinson, Ottawa East News)

Although Beechwood Avenue is not scheduled to be rebuilt any time soon, two city councillors are appealing to residents to envision ways transportation can improve along the corridor.

Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury and Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum have scheduled a meeting on June 24 to discuss how the street can be altered to better accommodate pedestrians and cyclists.

“We really want to have an opportunity to discuss with residents how to reconfigure Beechwood Avenue to be a safer street for all forms of transportation,” Nussbaum said.

Plan for former CFB Rockcliffe site submitted to city (Alex Robinson, Ottawa East News)

The Canada Lands Company has submitted an application to the city to build a 6,000-home subdivision on the former CFB Rockcliffe lands.

The crown corporation needs the city to rezone the property in order to make way for the mixed-use development that will eventually bring 10,000 new residents to the area.


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