The Phoenix Jack Pine row houses going up near the new mosque will fill in the last obvious available spot for residential development in Bells Corners. Where will future growth go?
I don’t think the NCC will sell off any of its Bells Corners land for housing (or for a skateboard park).
Chiarelli and his developer friends wanted to gentrify and commercialize the trailer park and Steenbakker lands, but it appears that the residents won’t be kicked out any time soon. The contaminated soil is a big problem too.
So what’s next? What will intensification, Bells Corners-style, look like? Some residential units in our derelict strip malls? Granny flats in Lynwood Village? A Soho-style tower in the Loblaws parking lot? More cut-rate hotels and big box stores?
Only the councillor and his cronies know for sure, and they’re not talking.
One of the many developers who financed RC’s 2006 election campaign was DCR Phoenix Development on 18 Bentley Ave. Phoenix only gave the councillor $500 (in a brown envelope?), a small part of the $26,512 he got from deep-pocketed companies and families, but still, businesses don’t usually give away money for nothing.
I’m not suggesting that the cash Phoenix gave to Chiarelli was a bribe – it’s all legal (unfortunately).
But the Jack Pine development needed the councillor’s signature to proceed, so I guess they figured it couldn’t hurt to throw a lousy 500 bucks his way. It’s enough to buy a few more of those HUGE Rick signs that get plastered all over Bells Corners every four years.
Jim Watson had a golden opportunity to clean up electoral financing by banning multiple developer contributions to politicians.
But he dropped the ball. Apart from a bit of tinkering, he just said “Great idea to reduce corruption, sleazy politics and backroom deals! But let’s do it NEXT election AFTER I’ve spent my massive corporate-financed war chest getting elected mayor of Ottawa.”
RC breathed a sigh of relief – a steady stream of developer money into his coffers is assured.