Here’s what I said to a senior official, recently appointed to the NCC, National Capital Commission.
Congratulations on your new job. Wow. If anyone can change the NCC, it is you. May I suggest a few things for your consideration?
-Scrapping the poor plan developing at Lebreton Flats and working to make it more like a diversified urban in-fill space a la Byward Market or Granville Island allowing smaller developers to engage as well
-Creating a national boardwalk/making it part of the Algonquin Trail as we discussed
-Adding a density bonus on all NCC lands where the bonus is used to add a residential component (could be hotel, apartments, condos, whatever, anything that will help animate downtown)
-Opening up parts of the Greenbelt (like the lands between Bells Corners and the Queensway or lands around the 416/417 interchange) for industrial/commercial/residential development
I can think of other useful things the NCC could do…
The NCC wasn’t always known as the “No Commitment Club”; it once had leaders who didn’t mind doing things like burying a railroad to preserve Dow’s Lake. I believe in you!
Bruce M Firestone, broker, Century 21 Explorer Realty Inc
call: 613.422.6757 x 250
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