In April, 2011, the Westboro Beach Community Association (WBCA) requested that Public Works and Government Services Canada allow the land at 250 Lanark Ave. to be used for community green space. This land became available because of the demolition of the old CBC studio. When no response was received either by the WBCA or MP Paul Dewar, the WBCA submitted a formal Access to Information request. Shockingly, it discovered that the Government of Canada is examining the possibility of re-zoning the old CBC lands in order to allow for residential development.
While the consultant’s report on potential use of the vacant land lists a number of options for the land and the remaining office tower, the recommendation is that Public Works and Government Services Canada should proceed to re-zone the land in order to allow for redevelopment. The current office tower is in good enough shape to be retained for use by the Government of Canada. Currently, it houses part of Health Canada.
The deconstruction of the site under the supervision of SNC Lavelin is almost complete except for the landscaping and removal of surplus debris. A public meeting was held prior to the beginning of the demolition at the Graham Spry Building on Thursday, March 17, 2011. At that time, the consultants told a large group of residents that there were no plans for re-development or rezoning of the site.
The WBCA will ask MP Paul Dewar to table a written question in the House of Commons for the Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, the Hon. Rona Ambrose . The question will ask for specific details about when the application will be filed with the City of Ottawa to re-zone and sell the land. We need to prepare for the future.
The maps of the site are on this web site under the post titled WBCA Requests Access to New Greenspace at 250 Lanark Avenue.WBCA executive