New City Recreation and Cultural Facilities - 1010 Somerset

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Background

The Federal Government expressed the intention to dispose of the 1010 Somerset property in 2015.


City of Ottawa staff from Recreation, Cultural, and Facility Services (RCFS) and Corporate Real Estate Office (CREO), determined that the purchase of this property by the City of Ottawa would facilitate achieving clear, identifiable civic needs given:

  • The strategic priorities of Council
  • The Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan goals for parkland and recreation amenities
  • The West Downtown Core Secondary Plan, Chapter 3, “Corso Italia Station District” policies

The negotiation process between City staff, Public Services Procurement Canada (PSPC) and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) resulted in a commitment of “70% of the site for public uses”. The resulting purchase and sale agreements require the development of:

  • Affordable housing (150 units) and Market-rate housing (150 units)
  • A Collective Benefits Agreement (CBA) with the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO)
  • Elements to support sustainability and greening strategy targets.

City Council approved funding for the purchase of the 1010 Somerset property in March 2021, and directed staff to develop a Master Concept Plan for the creation of a community hub on the site as well as the existing Plouffe Park and Plant Recreation Centre.


Proposal

The proposal through the purchase and development of 1010 Somerset is to improve the amount, types and quality of spaces available for the neighbourhood to balance the increased numbers of people living in the district with a strong urban form and design to support and enhance a high-quality public realm.


Concept Plan

The major elements proposed in the community hub concept plan for 1010 Somerset include:

  • New public parkland
  • City of Ottawa recreation facilities
  • Community arts, cultural and creative spaces
  • Space for Algonquin and Indigenous artists
  • Affordable Housing (150 units)
  • Market-rate Housing (150 units)
  • Expansion of Plant Bath facility
  • A French-language public elementary school
  • A child care facility
  • Mixed use private development
  • District Energy System


Public Engagement

The intention of this public engagement process is to determine resident satisfaction with the proposed elements detailed in the draft concept plan.

The secondary intention is to determine any needs or considerations from the public that were not demonstrated on the draft concept plan.


The feedback received will inform the final version of the concept plan, before it is submitted for approval by Council.


Feedback

Feedback may be submitted directly to the project team through the project email.


Please stay use the ‘Stay Informed’ feature on this Engage Ottawa page for information and updates.

Background

The Federal Government expressed the intention to dispose of the 1010 Somerset property in 2015.


City of Ottawa staff from Recreation, Cultural, and Facility Services (RCFS) and Corporate Real Estate Office (CREO), determined that the purchase of this property by the City of Ottawa would facilitate achieving clear, identifiable civic needs given:

  • The strategic priorities of Council
  • The Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan goals for parkland and recreation amenities
  • The West Downtown Core Secondary Plan, Chapter 3, “Corso Italia Station District” policies

The negotiation process between City staff, Public Services Procurement Canada (PSPC) and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) resulted in a commitment of “70% of the site for public uses”. The resulting purchase and sale agreements require the development of:

  • Affordable housing (150 units) and Market-rate housing (150 units)
  • A Collective Benefits Agreement (CBA) with the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO)
  • Elements to support sustainability and greening strategy targets.

City Council approved funding for the purchase of the 1010 Somerset property in March 2021, and directed staff to develop a Master Concept Plan for the creation of a community hub on the site as well as the existing Plouffe Park and Plant Recreation Centre.


Proposal

The proposal through the purchase and development of 1010 Somerset is to improve the amount, types and quality of spaces available for the neighbourhood to balance the increased numbers of people living in the district with a strong urban form and design to support and enhance a high-quality public realm.


Concept Plan

The major elements proposed in the community hub concept plan for 1010 Somerset include:

  • New public parkland
  • City of Ottawa recreation facilities
  • Community arts, cultural and creative spaces
  • Space for Algonquin and Indigenous artists
  • Affordable Housing (150 units)
  • Market-rate Housing (150 units)
  • Expansion of Plant Bath facility
  • A French-language public elementary school
  • A child care facility
  • Mixed use private development
  • District Energy System


Public Engagement

The intention of this public engagement process is to determine resident satisfaction with the proposed elements detailed in the draft concept plan.

The secondary intention is to determine any needs or considerations from the public that were not demonstrated on the draft concept plan.


The feedback received will inform the final version of the concept plan, before it is submitted for approval by Council.


Feedback

Feedback may be submitted directly to the project team through the project email.


Please stay use the ‘Stay Informed’ feature on this Engage Ottawa page for information and updates.

  • Project Update

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    The 1010 Somerset Project Team thanks you for your patience as we continue our review of technical and transportation options for the 1010 Somerset site.

    We take this step very seriously and are assessing the proposed concept plan in consideration of the feedback received from the survey, the project email, and through meetings with stakeholders.

    An update on the next steps – project updates and virtual consultations – will be communicated as soon as practicable.

    Please use the ‘Stay Informed’ feature to receive notification of any updates to this project.

    Thank you.

  • Project Update

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    The 1010 Somerset project team would like to thank everyone for taking the time to provide their feedback on the concept plan.

    Feedback was received and recorded through the survey and our project email.

    1260 responses were received through the survey. The project team is currently working on following up on the ideas and feedback that have come forward through various channels and will be shared in a “What We Learned” report, to be posted on this page along with a list of the key themes.

    As the responses to date have revealed several issues from residents concerned about the project, the next phase of the public engagement will be scheduled once a full review of the concept plan has been made, with these concerns taken in consideration.

    Please subscribe here to receive project updates. We look forward to your continued participation.


    1010 Somerset Project Team

Page last updated: 10 Apr 2024, 11:35 AM