The City of Ottawa planning report regarding the proposal for 1040 Bank Street, that is, the Southminster Church property, is now available. The conclusion from the report:
Save the Date: Tues. Nov. 28, 2017
The Southminster Redevelopment Proposal will be heard and voted on by the City of Ottawa's Planning Committee on November 28th, 2017. The meeting will take place at City Hall, 110 Laurier West starting at 9:30 a.m. The meeting room and order of the agenda are to be announced. Watch the City's e-agenda for details.
Southminster United Church presents “Rescued Treasure: A Treasury of Jewish Music Almost Forgotten” on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm.
Windmill Developments proposes to build a 19.2(+) metre 6-storey condominium on property currently owned by the Southminster United Church.
Residents have been consistently asking that our neighbourhood’s maximum height limits be protected by lowering the height of the proposed condominium to 15 metres. The proposed 6-storey 19.2(+) metre condo would be taller than the Church and taller than anything currently allowed in our neighbourhood.
Councillor Chernushenko will host an information session on the plan to redevelop the Southminster United Church property. The proposal is to retain the existing church building and renovate the basement to house community uses. Memorial Hall would be demolished and replaced with four three-storey townhouses and a 14-unit, six-storey apartment building.
Date & Time: Monday, 11 September 2017, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Southminster United Church (Lower Hall), 15 Aylmer Avenue
Good For Your Heart, Good For Your Health
Southminster United Church is constantly searching for ways to serve the community and help people incorporate spirituality into their lives in practical and meaningful ways. Throughout time, walking has played a role in the devotional life of people, including prayers and mantra practice while walking, and pilgrimages to sacred sites, to name a few. For some of us, it’s just easier to focus our spirituality when we are moving.
How and why should Southminster Church, this important part of Old Ottawa South, continue to thrive in our community and why should Old Ottawa South fight to keep our R3—three storey residential zoning? At first blush, the current proposal to rezone the church property to allow a nominally 6 storey, but practically a 7 storey condominium, to be built behind the church seems like the perfect answer. But is it really so? Yes, the money the church will receive from the developer, Windmill Development, will pay for repairs that are urgently needed. But what will happen five years down the road when more repairs are required? And, has the church really gotten the best value for the property to be severed from the back? Is the only way to keep the church alive to encroach on the current residential zoning of the neighbourhood with a twenty-plus metre structure as opposed to the current R3 allowance of eleven metres? How can we save the church and the neighbourhood too and why should we care about preserving either?
The City of Ottawa has posted the preliminary plans for 1040 Bank Street, that is, a proposal to retain the existing church and to replace the assembly hall at the rear with four townhouses and a 14-unit, six-storey apartment building. To achieve the proposed redevelopment, an application for a Zoning By-law Amendment is required. You can read the planning rationale document here.
Originally published in the June 2017 OSCAR.
Rideau Chorale, a community-based choir located in Old Ottawa South, will conclude its 2016-17 season with a presentation of a perennial favourite, Vivaldi's Gloria in Excelsis for SATB choir, and a repeat “by popular demand” performance of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, which played to a full house in March as part of the Doors Open for Music noon-hour series at Southminster United Church. The concert, featuring soprano Susan Elizabeth and mezzo-soprano Lydia Piehl, two outstanding young area singers both active in the local opera and oratorio scene, and directed by Roland Graham from the harpsichord, will take place on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm. This combination of masterworks of the Italian high baroque is a perfect way to enjoy a spring evening!