Posted by: HamptonIona | May 31, 2010

More Details on the Convent Review Panel

The City of Ottawa released the following press release today:

Ottawa – The City of Ottawa is appointing a panel of urban design experts to review redevelopment plans for the former Sisters of the Visitation property at 114 Richmond Road.

“This type of panel is the first of its kind in Ottawa and will be part of the efforts we take to ensure that any development of this site respects the site’s heritage and the principles of sound intensification as developed in the community plan,” says Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Christine Leadman.

On April 14, 2010, City Council voted to designate the entire property as having heritage value. The designation process means that any proposed new development on the property would require an application under the Ontario Heritage Act and City Council approval.

“The City recognizes the sensitivity of this unique site and its importance to the surrounding community. The panel will help ensure that all reasonable measures are taken to ensure that its historical significance is preserved in a redevelopment proposed by Ashcroft Homes,” said Councillor Peter Hume, Chair of the Planning and Environment Committee.

The three-member panel of internationally-recognized experts in the fields of urban design, heritage and landscape architecture includes:

David Pontarini, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Toronto

Architect and urban designer, Mr. Pontarini has 25 years experience in complex urban design projects including those with heritage components. He has been a member of the City of Toronto’s Design Review Panel, Preservation Board and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture and Landscape and Design.

Michael McClelland, Principal, E.R.A. Architects Inc.

With over 20 years of experience in urban design, heritage planning and building conservation, Mr McClelland is also a founding member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP). He has been a member of the Toronto Historical Board, advising on planning, permit and development applications, and on the preservation of City-owned museums and monuments. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 2006.

Greg Smallenberg, Principal, Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg

Mr. Smallenberg has directed a diverse range of widely acclaimed, award-winning projects over the past 20 years, focusing his efforts on design within a context of community and urban design. He is very interested in the intersections of culture, history and place-making as it relates to landscape architecture and urban design. He is a past President of the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA) and currently sits on the Waterfront Toronto’s Design Review Panel.

“The development of this property has a number of important goals to achieve including architectural and design excellence, appropriate integration with the surrounding community and the evolution of our urban mainstreets,” said John Moser, General Manager, Planning and Growth Management.

The Panel will begin work on May 28 and will meet with representatives of the Hampton-Iona and Island Park Community Associations in mid-June. The panel’s first report will be presented to Planning and Growth Management Department on June 18.


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