The current city yard at 320 Bloomfield is to be expanded. The larger building will include a one storey addition that will provide four bays of drive-through garages for service vehicles, an administration area, staff parking and a vehicle service compound. The excavation by large backhoes will take about four weeks. The remaining work will take until Spring, 2016 to complete.
Concerns of Neighbours in Westboro Beach
At present, there are problems with garbage, noise and the general lack of clean-up of the site (see photos). This is especially bothersome to the houses on Lanark Ave. which border the city yard. The trees which offered privacy were taken down so there is no longer any noise and sight buffer. As well, there are problems with vehicles idling for long periods. The area is now has very bright lights on at night. This will be replaced by LED lighting and some sensor lighting. There will be 48 staff parking spots. The wood chippers will be moved off the site after the construction as the work is done by outside contractors.
Suggestions to Improve the Plan for the Site
The neighbours want a barrier hedge or fence put along the north side of the yard bordering the back of the Lanark Avenue homes. The plan now has a high cedar hedge but one neighbour suggested a tall wood fence to provide a better sound barrier and more privacy. It was suggested that more trees be planted on the east side of the yard near the CBC path to mask the work on the site (garbage dumpsters and blowing garbage from the dumpsters). The neighbours suggested alternative areas for the piles of gravel and earth soil. Neighbours would like city staff or the councillor to organize a walk about the site.
Construction Timeline and Hours
The building has to go to tender to award a building contract. Construction should start at the end of May. There will be no blasting as there is no basement construction and the building will be positioned on the rock base that is five feet deep. Work will follow the current city bylaw and take place between 7 a.m. to 5p.m. The heavy excavation noisy work will take about four weeks. City staff said they could not reduce the work day as they do not control the bylaw.
Councillor Leipers office will receive and coordinate suggestions for improvement Jeff.Leiper@ottawa.ca
Ideas and feedback can be sent to CP Sharma of the Infrastructure Services Department of the City. His contacts are CP.Sharma@ottawa.ca or telephone 613-580-2424 ext 43455. There are links to all the plans and studies on the city development application site-just insert the address 320 Bloomfield Avenue. Comments must be received by April 21.