Environmental work on City of Ottawa property - 185 Hawthorne Avenue

The City of Ottawa's Environmental Remediation Unit has scheduled environmental work at the city-owned property located at 185 Hawthorne Avenue. The property is currently undeveloped park space located within a residential neighbourhood by the Highway 417 Lees Avenue off-ramp. A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment conducted on the property in the mid-2000s identified potential environmental concerns on the site associated with its historical commercial/industrial land use (coal sheds, lumber dealer, etc.). The city also has an older report on file from 1988 which identified a number of buried metallic anomalies at the site that have not been investigated to date according to our records.

The purpose of the current investigation is to confirm soil and groundwater quality on the site, and verify whether the buried metallic objects represent a significant concern. The city has retained an environmental engineering company (Dillon Consulting Limited) to do this work. They will have a backhoe on-site on Friday, June 13 for approximately one day, and a drill rig will be on the property for approximately one to two days beginning on Wednesday, June 25. Field staff will need to return to the site periodically thereafter to collect groundwater samples, etc. Work will be confined to normal business hours.

New fundraising initiative by Glashan Public School needs your support

Glashan Public School, located on Arlington Avenue near Bank Street, is one of Old Ottawa East's grade 7 & 8 feeder schools. Glashan recently finished in 2nd place and also won a creative prize in the Majesta Trees of Knowledge competition for an outdoor classroom. Glashan has now launched their next fundraising initiative for the Glashan Schoolyard Greening Project through an Indiegogo campaign. Indiegogo is a crowdsourcing platform and the goal is to raise $9,000 to depave the schoolyard which must be done before other work can start.

Even if your child is just finishing Sr. Kindergarten or grade 1 or 2, the investment you make in Glashan’s schoolyard today will be there for your child to enjoy when he or she attends in grade 7. So please consider contributing and sharing the link. The campaign will close on July 2, 2014.

View the Indiegogo campaign here.

The Green Team (of the Glashan Schoolyard Greening Project) thanks you for your support as they go from grey to green!

Article about Oblate Development in Ottawa Community News

To read an article by Laura Mueller in Ottawa Community News (Ottawa East) about the proposed development of the Oblates property by Regional Group, please click here.

Lees Avenue Reconstruction to begin week of June 16

The City of Ottawa is scheduled to begin reconstruction of Lees Avenue between Main Street and Chestnut Street beginning the week of June 16, 2014. The work is expected to continue until November 2014.

Lane reductions will occur during the work day, however, the road will remain open during construction with access for pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles.

Full details of the reconstruction are available here.

LCBO Isabella - Grand Opening is June 25

The new LCBO store beside Loblaws on Isabella Street will celebrate their grand opening on Wednesday, June 25, at 9:30 a.m.

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