GCA Heritage Committee Provides Feedback Regarding Mutchmor School Addition


As posted on the GCA website, the GCA Heritage Committee writes: “MutchmorSchool is a landmark 1895 heritage building in our Glebe neighbourhood and is federally listed and protected under Canada’s Historic Places. All changes and additions to this important building needs to be carefully considered, visually compatible and sensitive to the heritage architecture.

The GCA Heritage Committee have reviewed the proposed architectural drawing elevations and have given feedback to the GCA Board, who have submitted a letter to the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and to the Architect.”

You can read the full letter here: http://www.glebeca.ca/committees/heritage/GCA%20Heritage-Mutchmor%20Addition%20Letter.pdf

923 Bronson – A Proposal for an Increase in Height

AspireOn Tuesday, Feb. 12th, 2013, starting at 9:30 am the city’s planning and environment committee will hear a proposal by the Aspire Group to increase the height of a new building on Bronson Avenue, just south of Fifth Avenue.

Here is more information about the proposal. The building, surprisingly, is not something that overpowers with its height, as has been the case elsewhere in the city.  The design, however, is NOT inspired.  If you want to live in a replica of a Soviet-style dreary apartment block, then this is the place for you.

OMG! Another OMB Hearing for 174 Glebe Avenue

174-76 Glebe in1974

Seems like 174 (and 176) Glebe Avenue has a fate that befalls few other places: more than one OMB hearing in forty years!  So, forty years ago (1972-74), the OMB heard complaints from the Glebe community with regards to combining these two beautiful houses; and then again, when a back elevator was installed.

And guess what! The latest proposal by the owner/developer (who has gone through the city planning department process several times over the past few years) will be heard at an OMB hearing this coming Wednesday at city hall, after the city planning committee rejected the latest proposal. 

None of this would have had to happen if more consideration had been made to a) adaptively re-use the building complex and b) any proposal for the building (whether a rebuild or adaptive re-use) had stayed within the current height limit allotted by the zoning for the site. Not to mention, also, more consideration to compatibility with the rest of the Glebe Avenue streetscape.

If you are interested in attending, the OMB hearing starts at 10:00 in the Keefer Room at City Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 13th, 2013.


Before Carleton University and Bronson Avenue Expressway

From the Carleton University Archives, here are some images of the area just south of the Glebe and the canal in the period before 1960; that is, before Carleton University was built and the land was either swamp or farmers fields.

First up, an aerial view from the 1940s:

If you see the railway bridge over the Rideau River, then that’s the general spot where this next photo was taken:

And finally, from February 1964, an image of the swamp by Dow’s Lake and a view across the lake north towards Dow’s Lake neighbourhood just west of Bronson as well as the (new) apartment building at the top of the hill by Bronson and Holmwood (the white building in the upper right corner!):

Creative Thinking from GCA Education Committee


A number committees of the Glebe Community Association have taken steps to address certain issues arising from the proposed addition to Mutchmor Public School. In the case of the Education Committee, they have provided the following letter  which has possible solutions to mitigate the potential expansion of parking into Mutchmor field, which is a significant piece of green space in the central Glebe.  One of the ideas is to add more parking closed off section of Lyon Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues.  One issue not officially addressed is this: why isn’t the school board thinking in terms of providing alternative solutions to its employees getting to a school such as Mutchmor? Then we wouldn’t have to always have these tiresome battles where we pit the rights of cars against remaining open space.



Changes to Bronson a Good Step In the Right Direction

I know that some of you might have read the story I the Friday Ottawa  Citizen, but I thought I would post the graphic of what changes are being proposed to Bronson Avenue to reduce fatalities to cyclists and pedestrians. Overall, I’d say these are good changes, and long overdue. But I would suggest that the city should consider have the bike lane go all the way along Bronson to Fifth Avenue, in order to tie in with the suggested bike lane network that would go through the Glebe.

Now wouldn’t it be nice if there could be more public transit along Bronson, instead of just the often-crowded and perennially late number 4 bus, along with crosswalk signals that actually change the moment you press them instead of forcing you to wait several minutes.

While we’re on the topic, I wonder if anyone remembers the days before the New Bronson Bridge was built? Here’s a bucolic looking image of the original bridge in 1911: