Posted by: HamptonIona | February 1, 2010

Convent Development: We Want to Hear From You!

Were you at the Feb 1st community meeting for the Soeurs de la Visitation Convent development?

Do you have any thoughts or concerns about this development?  If so, the Hampton Iona Community Group wants to hear from you.

Please click the “Leave a Comment” button below (anonymous comments are possible), or email us at with your comments.

And just a note that the next development meeting will likely be March 4th (TBC), where more concrete plans of the development site will be presented.  Details to follow.



  1. Do you have any details and/or pictures on what was presented?

  2. The developers promised to send the presentation out to those in attendance. Once we receive it, we will post it to the website.

  3. Hello,
    As a parent with children at Hilson Public School and the Children’s Centre, my principal concern is how this development is going to affect the school in terms of increased traffic, access, children’s play areas and – most of all – the period during which construction is to take place and how the level of noise and dust is going to impact the children.

    I would appreciate any light you can shed on these concerns.

    Many thanks,

    Ahmad Lutfi

  4. From the pdf presentation it appears the developer is implementing urban design principles in order to create an urban setting that creates a public realm that is more attractive to the pedestrian. It seems also they are proposing a variety of housing options within the development in order to create a diverse urban neighborhood as well as a dense neighborhood, relative to that area (these are also Smart Growth aspects).

    As it shows in the pictures, from Island Park to Kirkwood there is no sense of place. As a result the area is not attractive for a pedestrian to walk around and relate to the existing streetscapes.

    Redevelopment of the area will improve streetscapes, making them more pedestrian friendly enabling the pedestrian to interact with the streets and the built environment, thus reducing the need for car transportation and also improve the overall safety in the neighborhood with more public (pedestrian) traffic on the streets/from the streets.

    The pdf screams new urbanism and smart growth (both of which I appreciate), however I would like to see a site plan and renderings of the proposed development to make a further judgement, which will apparently be in March timeframe. However, as it stands now, there is really no reason to go to this section of Wellington other than the convent, and it appears the developer is trying to create a place where people can congregate, consume, live, work, and play.

    As for the convent, it is critical that it is preserved as a historical/heritage building and landmark. To me it was not clear in the pdf if the developer was thinking of taking it down.

    All in all, it sounds like an interesting proposal but there is understandable community concern, which as a resident of the ward, I certainly share.

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