MONDAY FEB 17 at 6:30pm  Mlacak Centre, Hall D

Let’s review Taggart Group proposal for a new 139-unit, 7 storey-Retirement Residence attached to their existing apartment building at 100 Varley. Meet your neighbours!  Free light refreshments.

Please don’t miss – why?

This meeting is crucial!  It is your key opportunity to review the proposal and meet and comment directly to Taggart firm, City Planning, and Councilor Wilkinson before the project goes to City Hall Planning Committee.  KBCA and many, many of the community insist the character of Beaverbrook and our Garden City be carried forward.  

Come, share your comments.  Help make sure the project is in every way an asset to the community and provides an appropriate answer to a real need – and keeps community values intact.

Excerpt from Taggart Group brief: 

  • The new project would feature setbacks from Varley Drive and Varley Lane, and colours blending with existing structures.  High quality landscaping would include and protect the existing hill fronting Varley Drive.  Additional tree plantings will soften or screen the building from Varley Lane and Teron Road. 
  • Taggart Group are basing this project on "Aging in Place".  Independent, active seniors and others would continue life in the existing 8 storey apartment building already in place.  Those residents would also have access to the proposed new Retirement Residence amenities. These amenities would include activity room, hair salon, chapel, theater, medical wellness center, lounges, gardens and private roof top terrace.  Seniors requiring a higher level of help, but less than Nursing Care, may choose to transition to the new Retirement Residence, which will include options for “Independent Living” and  “Assisted Living”. Its smaller suites will be designed for individual suite care, home cooked meals in the dining room, laundry services, entertainment etc.  
 

Cheryl Carroll (left) and Jeanette McLaren are ready to sweep as Katie McLaren tests the curling ice at Stephen Leacock School rink. Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association is hosting an outdoor curling event from 10  A.M. to 12 Noon Saturday February 8.  More info...Come Curl With Us!

Beaverbrook residents say there is a need for an upgraded community centre. Almost 120 residents answered a survey conducted by the community association in November and December. The conclusion: renovation, community-focused programming and increased visibility are the keys to a meaningful role for the community centre, located on Beaverbrook Road. 

The survey asked residents to indicate which of seven activity areas would most benefit the Beaverbrook community. Most people chose more than one activity. Recreation and sports centre was the choice of 72 percent; educational centre 69 percent; health, safety and wellness 63 percent, and volunteer centre 33 percent.

Consultant Tracy Wightman says residents already use other facilities in Kanata for those purposes. Some 96 percent of respondents currently use other recreation and sports facilities; 46 percent take part in educational programs, and 57 percent participate in health, safety and wellness programs. 

KBCA President Gary Sealey said 60 percent of respondents have participated in events or programs at the Beaverbrook Community Centre. Current uses of the centre include line dancing, yoga, a bridge club, chess club, dog training, boy scouts and girl guides. 

More than 40 percent of respondents have children living at home. Almost 25 percent of respondents are couples over 60 with no children at home.

The most important criteria for choosing an activity, program and service are close proximity (93%), price (62%) and ease of registration (34%). Features of a centre considered most important are meeting rooms (89%), functioning kitchen (63%), Wi-Fi coverage (54%) and wheelchair access (43%).

The building owner’s long-term plans include an elevator to the second floor. In the meantime, the community association is emphasising use of ground floor facilities for public meetings to ensure wheelchair access. 

Survey respondents want to see an upgrading of the centre, including cleaning, painting and better lighting. Membership director Jim Shearon said the community association took a first step in December by painting the ground floor and entrance hall of the building. Further improvements will be made in 2014. 

Beaverbrook Community Association will be contacting service groups who may want to offer programs at the community centre. Interested groups should contact Jim Shearon (613) 592-4453.

An updated presentation from Neil Thomson of the KBCA on the 1131 Teron Rd. redevelopment proposal:

KBCA presentation on 1131 Teron v.1.2