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your community newspaper total emc distribution 474,000 613.738.0330 R0011756422 Nepean/Barrhaven 2425 Bank Street (at Hunt Club) R0011312616 thursDay, January 17, 2013 Barrhaven school to expand Inside news Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School gets cash for new space Jennifer McIntosh The city reviews recommendations after the highway 174 sinkhole incident. he would be happier with 12 or 13 storeys, but thinks with the city’s intensification objectives; it’s likely they will have to settle for 15. “I don’t have to like that it’s raining for it to be raining outside,” he said, adding he would be presenting the community’s objections to the city’s planning committee. “I don’t think we have to support or not support the development,” he said. “My job is to present the concerns of the community.” The property is south of Baseline Road and north of Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School and has been vacant for years. It would be the tallest building on Centrepointe Drive, including the commercial buildings on Constellation Crescent. As with any tall development, residents at the public meeting had some concerns about sight lines, property values, traffic and parking. EMC news - The province gave a green light for the expansion of Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School on Jan. 14. Donna Blackburn, the trustee for Barrhaven, said prior to the official announcement she was excited about the possibility of an expansion of the school. “I think everyone in the community worked really hard to see this project become a reality,” she said. “The process worked.” Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi announced the funding at Mutchmor Public School. Included in the announcement were funds for: • A permanent addition at Mutchmor Public School. • A permanent addition at South March Public School. • A permanent addition at Earl of March Secondary School. • A new elementary school to be built in northern Kanata. “I’m pleased that the students at the Ottawa Carleton District School Board will benefit from our investments to provide better school buildings,” Naqvi said in a press release. “We know that when students are in good learning environments, they can focus on their learning.” Longfields has been bursting at the seams. By last October there were 100 more students than the school’s 1,350 theoretical capacity. The public school board put the expansion – estimated to cost $5 million – as fifth on its capital priority list in December 2011. See PARKING, page 4 See GROWING, page 2 – Page 6 news Submitted Save the bears Olivia Clement is promoting her polar bears for her new cause Liv Polar Bear Project. The nine-year-old’s work is raising money for the World Wildlife Fund. For the full story, see page 2. Sign up now to play hockey while helping the city’s homeless. – Page 13 Centrepointe towers divide opinion Jennifer McIntosh community Kim Kilpatrick will perform a one-woman show at the National Arts Centre on Jan. 17. – Page 29 EMC news - Centrepointe is set to get three new 15-storey residential towers. The proposed height is far from the original plan submitted by Richcraft At first, Richcraft told College Coun. Rick Chiarelli it wanted to build a pair of 26-storey towers, but the new building heights approved by the planning committee on Jan. 14 represent a 70 per cent reduction from the original requested height. The current zoning for the property allows for a 10-storey development. Chiarelli said the final proposal was the third rendition of the project presented to the community. “It’s very rare that a developer will reduce the height by 40 per cent,” Chiarelli said at a Jan. 10 meeting held at the Chambers at Ben Franklin Place. “It’s likely the best we are going to get.” Chiarelli credited the work of the com- munity association for the compromise. “The whole thing is probably the most amicable process I have ever seen,” Chiarelli said. But the nearly 60 people who attended the public meeting weren’t all pleased with the plans at an 11th-hour public consultation. One resident suggested that the concentration of residential units – expected to be 364 condo apartments – isn’t a fit with the plan for Centrepointe. Chiarelli agreed, but called the development a tradeoff, saying the city’s intensification plan and the recommendations from city staff would pretty much ensure Richcraft would win if they took their case to the Ontario Municipal Board. “When they were turned down for 22 storeys they filed an appeal to the OMB and it took weeks to get them to withdraw the appeal and start a dialogue again,” Chiarelli said. Ron Benn, president of the Centrepointe Community Association, said 2 Beds/2 Baths Condo - Updated Barrhaven Keller Williams VIP Realty d lIs sT ju sT ju 3 Beds/3 Baths Updated-Immaculate Barrhaven R0011854789 TE d lIs TE CO MA MIN RK G T ET O CO MA MIN RK G T ET O Discover The Team Hillier Difference 2700 sq ft. Ideal Location Barrhaven SALE PENDING 4 Beds Mflr Den Barrhaven This could be your home! Direct: 613.825.4078 Ranked #4 Team in Canada 2012 for # Homes Sold

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