As reported in a recent Ottawa Citizen article, Bank Street will be undergoing a major reconstruction over the next 18 months. The project will impact Ottawa's Glebe neighbourhood, the community where we, along with many of our friends, clients and team members live and do business. Although the project promises to result in many improvements to the area, we recognize that traffic and pedestrian patterns will need to change during this period, and we are interested in finding ways to continue to support businesses and the liveability of Glebe residents.
The $17-million Bank Street reconstruction project will begin this May, and will include replacing 100-year-old sewers and water mains along the section of Bank from the Queensway to the Canal, and repaving the road surface. Bank Street will be closed to vehicles for a portion of the 2011 part of the construction project with east/west movement open. However, the street will likely be reopened to traffic from mid-November 2011 until early January 2012 "to minimize impacts to businesses over the holiday season," according to the City.
Our aim in highlighting this is simply to contribute to a dialogue that will bring about some creative thinking on how to minimize the impact to residents and support Glebe Businesses during the reconstruction. The Glebe has a tremendous sense of community among its residents and business owners. So we are confident that together we will come up with constructive ways of dealing with any disruption in the coming months.
How can you get involved in the discussion? Here are a few suggestions:
Attend the Public Meeting
The Glebe Community Association has invited Glebe residents and businesses to a Public Meeting on the Bank Street Reconstruction project. The public meeting will take place on Thursday April 7, 2011 from 6:30 - 9:00pm in the Glebe Community Centre.
From 6:30 to 7:30, you will be able to view designs for Bank street and available information on the reconstruction. This will be followed by a panel presentation with a question period. This public meeting is organized in association of the Glebe BIA.
A GCA Bank St. Reconstruction committee has been formed. Comments or questions can be sent to email@example.com
Submit your suggestions on this blog post
Simply submit a comment on this post, with any ideas, comments or suggestions that might help mitigate the impact of this reconstruction project for both residents and businesses.