Significant progress is being made with the efforts to acquire the heritage house (Kilmorie) and the surrounding property for community use at 21 Withrow Avenue.The developer, Joey Theberge, has given us until April 15 to raise the money needed to purchase the house and property at 21 Withrow After that date, he will start to build the 4 houses on Withrow. Then he will build the subdivision of 9 more houses.
Theberge Homes is now the owner of the entire estate. Mr. Theberge has been very cooperative in giving us another opportunity to save this property. However, this is the last chance.
We have met with the City of Ottawa Officials and have been advised that the only opportunity to raise the necessary financing is by way of a levy on community property taxes.
City Councillor Scott Moffatt has kindly agreed to represent us and help us through this process. The proposal for a levy will cover the area of City View, Crestview Meadowlands and Ryan Farm. The commercial properties in this area will also pay into the levy.
There will be a public meeting on Thursday, February 6 at City View United Church at 7pm. A notice of this meeting will be mailed out shortly.
There are many benefits for the local communities with this proposal. The City would own the property but it would be available for community use. This is an opportunity to have a Community Centre and attached passive pleasure park with historical flower gardens in our community. There would be no cars permitted in the park. This certainly would enhance our community and create a place for us to gather and to come together. This would be a significant overall improvement to our neighbourhoods. More details of this will be presented at the meeting.
There are actual cost details that are being worked out. The federal and provincial governments as well as private donations and grants have money that can be available. The City of Ottawa must own the property before we can apply for these grants.
For more information, please attend the meeting or contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org to ask any questions. Watch our web page: ourcityview.ca and find us on Facebook.
Please let your neighbours, even those who may not be members of our association, know of the efforts being made on this important project.