The Wellington Village Community Association

The Wellington Village Community Association (WVCA) is a volunteer, non-profit community group of local residents that represents over 1,500 households in our neighbourhood.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Unveiling of Gallery Wall for 100th Anniversary of Wellington Village: Friday, Nov 29th

Wellington Village will soon have a new gallery wall thanks to a collaboration between the Wellington West Business Improvement Area (WWBIA), local historian and WVCA board member, Dave Allston, local artist Pascale Arpin, and others. 


The gallery wall is in honour of the 100th anniversary of Wellington Village and will include photos curated by Dave Allston and artwork by Pascale Arpin.


The official unveiling will take place on the side of Wild Willy's Plants & Flowers (1252 Wellington Street West) on Friday, November 29th at 9am. Mayor Watson, Councillor Leiper and MPP Harden are expected to attend as well as the collaborators and other representatives from the WWBIA and the WVCA.


In June, the WVCA worked with the WWBIA on a 100th anniversary celebration at Exposure Gallery where the WVCA was presented with a commemorative frame from the City of Ottawa.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Ongoing Discussions Concerning the Mizrahi Development


On October 23rd, we informed you that the construction for the Mizrahi development at 1445 Wellington Street West (corner of Wellington and Island Park) had begun.


Since that time there has been a "pre-construction" meeting where Mizhari Developments presented new plans to the Councillor's office and members of the community. Those plans now include staging of the construction equipment in the existing parkette which means the mature trees will need to be cut down. The City and Councilor Leiper both agreed that staging on Wellington is not possible as it would force a sidewalk closure which would pose a danger to pedestrians. In addition, the plans include a Gate 3 located on Rockhurst Avenue which, according to Mizrahi, is necessary for the delivery of certain materials but that Gate 1 and Gate 2 on Wellington will be primarily used.


These new developments are of great concern to the WVCA and we communicating those concerns to Mizrahi and Councillor Leiper. Discussions are ongoing and we will continue to update the community as it unfolds.


Please contact the WVCA at wvca@wvca.ca if you have any concerns. We will do our best to work with Mizrahi and Councillor Leiper's office to address the communities' concerns.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

1445 Wellington Construction Has Begun (north east corner of Wellington and Island Park)


As you may have already noticed, the construction for 1445 Wellington St. West began this week.

Although a pre-construction meeting is being planned by Jeff Leiper's office, unfortunately, Mizhari is moving ahead before this pre-construction meeting can take place. Here is the initial construction schedule:  

Timeline:
Week of October 21, 2019:
October 21 – Fast Fence Around 1445 Wellington installed by EOD
October 22 – 1445 Demolition Begins
October 25 – 1445 Demolition Tentative Completion
October 25 – Backfill Demolition
Week of October 28, 2019:
October 30 – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
October 31 – Bell will begin to remove poles at North-side of site (behind Sales Center)
October 31 – Disconnects scheduled for 1451 Wellington
November 1 – Mobilization of Drill Rig
Week of November 4, 2019:
November 4 – Mobilization for Demolition of 1451 Wellington
 
Sadly, the parklette is being impacted by the construction. Mizhari decided that in order for them to build this project, they need to stage in the parklette, which will require the trees to be cut down. Clearly, the WVCA is not happy with this decision. The alternative option would have seen them stage on the Wellington West sidewalk and part of the road. Obviously, this is not ideal as well and would greatly impact the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. Mizrahi is paying the City for the tree loss and new trees will be planted in the parklette when that is being developed.
 

 

Sharing Info: FCA Event- A new Official Plan for Ottawa- Sat. Oct. 26

The WVCA would like to pass along the following information about an upcoming event:


The Federation of Citizen's Associations of Ottawa is hosting a workshop on Saturday, October 26 titled, “A new Official Plan for Ottawa – Launching Community Discussion”. The workshop is open to all (although it would be helpful if attendees could register in advance).

There are two objectives for the workshop. One is to stimulate discussion among community groups about the new Official Plan project. The other is to encourage community representatives to organize similar discussions in their respective communities.

A poster publicizing the workshop is found at  http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/191026wp.pdf  (see image below). Participants are encouraged to look at the city’s documents entitled “Five big moves” which will serve as basis for discussion. A draft agenda for the workshop is found at http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/191026wa.pdf

Following the FCA-FAC event, an optional discussion from 1200 to 1330 about climate action, featuring a light lunch, has been organized by Greenspace Alliance for Canada’ Capital and by Ecology Ottawa. Detail is included in the draft agenda document.



Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Rental Accommodations Survey- Phase 3- Deadline: October 18th

If you haven't gone to Engage Ottawa yet we suggest now would be a good time to check it out. https://engage.ottawa.ca/


Engage Ottawa is the City of Ottawa's new method to consult with residents on numerous topics at their convenience. Residents can also follow the progression of consultations, including The New Official Plan and the Recreation Facility Infrastructure Standards and Strategy, as they move through various stages.

Right now, you have until Friday, October 18th to complete a survey for Phase 3 of the Rental Accommodations Survey.


This survey seeks input from residents regarding rental accommodations including short-term rentals as the City of Ottawa is "considering new rules to address municipal and community concerns regarding rental accommodations".


Make sure you register or log on to provide your feedback before the 18th.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Mark Your Calendars: All Candidates Debate- October 15th

The WVCA is proud to help organize an Ottawa Centre All Candidates Debate for the upcoming federal election.

The Debate will take place on Tuesday, October 15th at 7pm at St. George's Parish (415 Piccadilly Ave. North). Doors open at 6:30pm. All are welcome. Get there early- it's bound to be a full house!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

WVCA at TASTE of Wellington- Saturday, Sept. 21, 11am - 3pm

The tastiest event of the year- TASTE of Wellington is happening Saturday, September 21st and WVCA will be there! While you sample delicious food and browse our fantastic shops be sure to swing by the WVCA table for information about the neighbourhood; sign up to be a member; or simply to say hi.


We'll be there from 11am to 3pm in front of Clothes by Muriel Dombret (Wellington St. West and Huron Ave. North).


For more information about TASTE and to see the full schedule, go to Wellington West BIA's site:
https://wellingtonwest.ca/taste2019/