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21 Nov, 2006

Lend your voice re: the preservation of the Maison Jeanne D’Arc

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Westboro

Dagne and I are asking Westboro residents to stand up and share their feelings about the proposed development of the Maison Jeanne D’Arc convent.

We’ve written a letter and will be distributing them to homes in the area.

Here it is:


Dear Westboro resident,

We are petitioning to save the original 1934 Maison Jeanne D’Arc property at Kenwood and Edison, which the new owner plans to knock down and replace with 20 houses. We have been overwhelmed by the positive support; approximately 90% of the people asked to sign gave their support. We have collected more than 160 signatures so far and will be submitting the petition, along with our formal request by November 30. (If you have already signed our petition … thank you!)

Heritage Ottawa is very encouraged by this show of community support and feels it will add strength to its request to designate the Maison Jeanne D’Arc a heritage property.

The City values personal emails and calls from individual residents. Please consider finding a few moments to submit your concerns directly to the city, via:

Douglas James
City of Ottawa Planning and Growth Management Department
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th floor
Ottawa, ON  K1P 1J
613-580-2424, ext. 13856
facsimile:  613-580-2576

Sally Coutts, MCIP, RPP
Heritage Planner
Planning and Infrastructure Approvals Branch
Planning and Growth Management
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario
613-580-2424, ext. 13474

Nancy Schepers (you can contact her via this form)
Deputy City Manager
Planning, Transit and the Environment
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario
613-580-2424 ext. 12230

Don’t forget to CC your concerns to:

Christine Leadman –  newly elected Councillor for Kitchissippi

An original email or telephone call is the most effective, but you may wish to consider using some information from our petition:

As residents of Westboro we are aware that the architect and developer Barry Hobin has submitted an application to the City of Ottawa to rezone the land where the Maison Jeanne D’Arc resides (the old school and convent on Kenwood Avenue between Edison and Melbourne Avenues). We also know that it is his intention to demolish the existing 1930s structure and replace it with 20 new homes. We believe that the Maison Jeanne D’Arc building deserves special heritage designation. Mr. Hobin or any future developers should be required to preserve the existing structure.

If you are really keen you can also send an email to your local newspaper. Mike Levin is the editor of the Kitchissippi Times (editor@kitchissippi.com) or contact the Ottawa Citizen at letters@thecitizen.canwest.com.

If you’ve written an email to the city about this issue, please let us know. Thank you for your support!

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