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City announces plans to improve Rideau, Laurier area

"The city has announced plans to give a facelift to an area between Rideau Street and Laurier Avenue.

The plan is part of the larger redevelopment of several ongoing projects between Rideau to the north, Laurier Avenue to the south, Colonel By Drive to the west and Waller Street to the east. Those projects include the construction of the Confederation Line light rail project, the revitalization of the Rideau Centre, the Ottawa Art Gallery expansion and Arts Court redevelopment and ongoing development at the University of Ottawa campus.

According to the city, timing of these projects allows it to create a unified, functional, and walkable public space.

The plans, which are available for review at, focus on wider sidewalks with street furniture and landscaping. Cycling infrastructure is also being taken into consideration and Nicholas Street is being proposed to be converted into a pedestrian mall between Rideau and Besserer streets.

The city said that some of the plans proposed will be implemented this year, working in coordination with ongoing construction with the Confederation Line and the shopping centre.

Area residents can send in comments and provide feedback about the project until Feb. 10, with the plan scheduled to be presented at the city’s Planning Committee in mid-February.

Funding for the project will be considered by council as part of the 2015 budget process."

Source: MIchelle Nash, Ottawa Community News