Thursday, June 28, 2007

Westboro Community Design Plan update

Think first, Westboro developers told
The city has sent a clear message to Westboro developers: Think about what the community wants before you build.... [read the rest of the news story on the Ottawa Sun website.]

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Happy news for parents in Westboro

The wading pool at Dovercourt Recreation Centre will open June 28th ... from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Check out the Dovercourt website for details and info about pool-related special events.

Meeting of the WCA

Thank you to everyone who came out to last night's meeting of the WCA. It was good to see a few new faces too!

Action items will be emailed ASAP to all members of the steering committee.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Meeting tonight!

... is scheduled for 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Monday June 25 (tonight!) at the home of one of our steering committee members. If you're interested in attending, please contact me at for the address.

Thank you!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Will the Westboro bakery stay in Westboro?

We Westborians are all a-tizzy about the fate of our dear little bakery. And with just cause. We need fresh bread and sandwiches!

It's early yet, but there's a potential deal in the works between Westboro Bakery and the owners of the Baker Street Cafe on Richmond Road. Nothing is final, but this might mean the bakery will end up with a space inside Baker Street. (Which, by the way, serves a fantastic breakfast between 7:oo - 3 p.m. Run, don't walk, and order their two egg breakfast. Or a cinnamon roll. They are made fresh daily.)

Despite some of the obvious overlap (the bakery and the restaurant both serve coffee and sandwiches) I hope something can be worked out.

The bakery's new location on Hinton is a go. Anyone have more details about it?

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Richmond Road/Westboro Community Design Plan

The Richmond Road/Westboro Community Design Plan will be discussed at a meeting of the Planning and Environment committee at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday June 26. According to the agenda, the CDP is item #11.

If you're concerned about where Westboro is heading (and what it's going to look like within the next 25 years) you might find this of interest.
  • Read the report to PEC as submitted by Nancy Schepers, Deputy City Manager. Don't forget to scroll down to the bottom of the page. The summary of the comment sheets from the March open house might be of interest to some because they reflect many of our concerns... especially as it relates to green space and cut-through traffic.
  • Read related article in the Ottawa Citizen

What do you think about the CDP for Westboro?

Friday, June 15, 2007

La Maison Jeanne D'Arc - demolition in progress

The demise of Westboro village?

Check out this article online at the Ottawa Citizen for a bit of history and an interesting take on the latest changes affecting Westboro.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Canoes and Kayaks at Westboro Beach

Interested in trying canoeing or kayaking, but don't where to begin? You can try out a canoe or a kayak for free, most weeknights on the Ottawa River.
(More info available on the Ottawa Citizen website)

Monday, June 11, 2007

Meet and greet with Councillor Christine Leadman

This just in from the West Wellington Community Association:

Meet your City Councillor for an informal discussion of issues affecting your community. Everyone welcome!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Fisher Park Community Centre in Fisher Park School
250 Holland Avenue
8:00 pm

Friday, June 8, 2007

See you at Westfest?

The Westboro Community Association will have a table at this year's Westfest. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Westboro village updates

1) Westboro Bakery has found a temporary location on Hinton but they're looking for something closer to Westboro.

2) Westboro Market on Richmond Rd. is opening very soon now open! The paper is finally off the window and they have all their produce laid out and ready to sell. Finally, groceries in Westboro!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Demolition has begun....

... on the Maison Jeanne D'Arc on Kenwood Ave. They're starting from the back of the building. There will eventually be 19 homes on this property, designed by Barry Hobin and Associates.

(If you recall, only the main part of the building was given Heritage designation.)

Monday, June 4, 2007

Chinese Bible Church on Richmond is up for sale

WCA member Wallace Beaton spotted a for sale sign on the Chinese Bible Church at 381 Richmond Road.

FYI - it's going for a cool two million. Here's a real-estate listing, complete with photo.

Believe it or not, it used to be a theatre.

Here's a bit of the backstory from an email from Heritage Ottawa VP, David Jeanes.

"The Westboro Theatre, (3 photos in the book), at 381 Richmond Road, opened in 1941 and closed in 1955. It was a basic little auditorium building with a 494-seat faintly art deco interior. There was a taxi dispatch office at the front for Westboro taxi, a poster display case, a box office window, and the front door facing the street with a black and white tile fa├žade and a flat neon sign instead of a marquee.

The theatre had no stage and was just for second-run movies. It was built as a labour of love by Ben Stapleton, who also built the once-majestic Centre Theatre on Sparks Street."

(This info is from a book by Alain Miguelez, “A Theatre Near You: 150 Years of Going to the Show in Ottawa Gatineau”, Penumbra Press, 2004, pages 246-249.)

Friday, June 1, 2007

Update on the Westboro bakery

As many of you have probably heard, Westboro Bakery has been struggling with massive rent increases. Five years ago their rent started at $700 a month, then it doubled to $1,500, and now it's going to $3,500 a month. Local resident Diane Van Oostdam has been circulating a petition to show Domicile, the owner of the building, that residents want to keep their bakery.

Diane had a final meeting with John Doran from Domicile recently, and the verdict is in. Westboro bakery will be closing at the end of June.

Westboro Station - retail rumours ?

Word on the street is that three business are moving into the ground floor of Westboro Station:
Holtz Spa, Harry Rosen, and (another?) Bridgehead coffee shop.

What are your thoughts? What kind of retail would you like to see in Westboro?

In Westboro this weekend

There's a lot happening around the 'hood this weekend! Although it isn't exclusive to Westboro, Doors Open Ottawa is a perennial fave. For more info, check out the City of Ottawa website.