Kitchissippi, River ward residents get close look at Westgate redevelopment plans

By Bruce Deachman, Ottawa Citizen, January 22, 2019

Kitchissippi and River ward residents got their first look at detailed plans for the first phase of the redevelopment of Westgate shopping centre Tuesday night, with opinions mixed.

An open house at the Alexander Community Centre attracted about 100 people, who looked at site plans and elevation drawings for the proposal, and peppered councillors Jeff Leiper and Riley Brockington, as well as RioCan development vice-president Stuart Craig, with questions and concerns.

Phase 1 of the redevelopment will see a 24-storey mixed-use building erected at the corner of Carling Avenue and Merivale Road, where Monkey Joe’s restaurant currently sits. The design plan calls for 216 residential units — all apartments rather than condominiums — and 20,000 square feet of retail space.

(...)Leiper added that OC Transpo is expected to up its game in the area with improved service on the No. 85 route on Carling Avenue. According to Brockington, the second phase of LRT in Ottawa, in 2021, will be accompanied by buses-only lanes along much of Carling Avenue, from Broadview to Bronson avenues.

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