There is a lot happening on Bank Street, and rather than focusing on one or two specific businesses in Old Ottawa South, this month’s Business Beat will highlight some of the changes that have occurred this summer.
By the time October arrives Green Dreamers will be winding down their fourth gardening season in Old Ottawa South. When you see them on the sidewalks and in the public garden beds between the bridges, they will be (most likely) pulling up the dried remnants of milkweed and sunflowers, cutting back some rather thick and reedy perennial growth, raking dried leaves, filling brown bags, ruminating over what went well and what didn’t, and sharing with each other and passers-by bits of information and suggestions for the next growing season in 2018.
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
The corner of Bank & Belmont looks a little different now with the addition of a statue of Sri Chinmoy surrounded by some flowers and benches. CBC News recently brought attention to the statue and the Bank Street site where a local group operated a natural food store and restaurant in the 1970's.
Here's another Bank Street garden — this time in front of Boomerang Kids — transformed into a lovely spot by Green Dreamers.
We will meet at Sunnyside & Bank on Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Depending on weather and numbers of Green Dreamers, we will branch out to do some transplanting and some light gardening at the Firehall and at the Hopewell School bed nearest the younger kids' playground.
On Thursday July 7th, Brian Ure and I moved some perennials from the former Hortus Urbanus garden on Glen to the bed nearest the TD building. Ailsa Francis began her work on the new Oat Couture Garden Wednesday, July 6th, and asked us to move what she is excavating. So we did! The public bed nearest the new Oat Couture garden will likely be affected by the patio design and renovations taking place. We will maintain this public bed but not plant anything new in the near future. We agree with Ailsa that the weed trees on this bed should be removed and a new tree planted. When this happens we will have to be prepared to save perennials already planted. Stay tuned. It all looks good!!
Being a born-and-raised Dutchman, I thoroughly enjoyed the last two FIFA World Cups, where we finished as runners-up and in third place, respectively (I’ll conveniently ignore the last few Euro Cups though). A huge part of that enjoyment came from watching the majority of the games at the Georgetown (1159 Bank Street). Especially as the Georgetown was the unofficial-official hangout for Dutch soccer fans and was nicknamed “the Dutch Lair” on game day (the Dutch soccer emblem is a lion).
Originally published in the June 2017 OSCAR.
One of the defining characteristics on Old Ottawa South’s business community is that it is almost exclusively comprised of independent, locally owned businesses. “Loving our Local” is a campaign aimed at promoting and celebrating these unique, independent local businesses that make our National Capital Region and OOS so special. Each neighbourhood in our city has a distinct culture and identity, and the businesses and organizations that reside in these neighbourhoods heavily influence the cultural fabric that defines where we live.
Bank Street Bridge over the Rideau Canal
1912, *restored in 1993
The Bank Street Canal Bridge carries Bank Street along a roughly north – south direction over the Rideau Canal, linking The Glebe to Old Ottawa South. It also passes over Queen Elizabeth and Colonel By drives, each of which extends along one side of the canal.
1074 Bank Street
The exterior of the Mayfair Theatre faces Bank Street with a three-story brick façade topped by a centrally-located, free-standing curvilinear Spanish Colonial Revival gable. The upper two thirds of the façade constitute a primarily blank, windowless surface with very limited decorative features. These include patterned brickwork and small square artificial cut-stone inlays defining the corners of rectangular brick frames articulating the facade. The building’s lower third opens up along the street level through the theatre’s entry doors as well as the storefront window of a barber shop located to their right. Another store originally flanked the entry doors from the left, but was later incorporated into the theatre.