Glebe digs $8M hydro line project

When the new city council takes over in December, it could be asked to spend about $8 million to bury hydro lines along Bank St. in the Glebe to help make the business strip more appealing.

The current city council, whose term finishes at the end of the month, is being asked to have staff come up with a report during the next budget process on burying the lines. It relates back to the Lansdowne Park redevelopment, which would ideally dovetail with the planned Bank St. reconstruction in the Glebe. The reconstruction and the Lansdowne redevelopment are both expected to begin in 2011.

The multi−million−dollar estimate to bury the lines would be for a 1.2−km stretch between Catherine St. and Holmwood Ave. , where Lansdowne Park is located.

Catherine Lindquist, executive director of the Glebe BIA, said current hydro poles and overhead wires are unattractive and unsafe.

“It’s clutter on the street,” Lindquist said. “We have a very narrow road right−of−way and sidewalk area.”

   
 

The paramount concern for businesses is making sure they have a heads up long before the reconstruction begins, she said.

Caroline Vanneste, president of the Glebe Community Association, said burying the hydro lines is a “big issue” for residents of the area.

WAITING FOR POLICY

Both the BIA and the community association have been waiting for the city to come up with a policy on burying hydro lines.

Earlier this year, council passed a motion to spend $2.5 million to bury hydro lines along a shorter length of road in Kanata North and residents there will pay for the project through a special tax.

Glebe digs $8M hydro line project Funding decision on burying overhead electricity wires up to ne1x1t6 council Vanneste said the Glebe association hasn’t approached residents about the idea of a special levy for the Bank St. hydro lines because it’s waiting for the city to come up with a policy.

The current council would not be able to sign off on burying the hydro lines because not enough councillors were re−elected in October. A lame−duck council can’t approve spending over $50,000.

Source: Ottawa Sun

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