POSTED: April 2, 2018
As reported earlier, over the last several months the City of Ottawa has been meeting with The Regional Group and the Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation to explore the idea of integrating a community centre into the redevelopment plans for the Deschâtelets building at 175 Main Street. The redevelopment plans include the possible inclusion of a day care, a community health centre, condominium units and non-profit housing. Based on those discussions, the City confirmed this week that they are “interested in pursuing this opportunity, and recognize(s) that this proposal demonstrates appreciable social benefit for the community.”
The next phase of discussions will involve deeper analysis of the potential uses, ownership structure, and both capital and ongoing costs of the facility. This analysis will form the basis of a recommendation to City Council on whether to approve the community centre component of the project. No timeline has been established for these discussions, but Dan Chenier, General Manager, Recreation, Culture and Facility Services, has invited discussions at the partners’ “earliest convenience”.