Kanata Stittsville; The West End
The West End of Ottawa is a prime location for real estate in terms of living, investment or simply to keep an eye on! I went to a session on Kanata, Stittsville Development & Transportation news recently and the presenters Councillor Wilkinson representing Kanata North, Councillor Hubley representing Kanata South and Councillor Qadri representing Stittsville shared very exciting news about the development of the three wards. There are a lot of projects planned and underway but I will try to highlight the headlines. Accordingly:
There is major construction for storm sewers; some water mains will be replaced in Glen Cairn. Some sidewalks will be added there. These projects are planned to be completed by the spring of 2016. One of the pumps will be replaced at pump station. Glen Cairn storm water management plan is another project that the community can look forward to. Widening Hopeside, Old Richmond and Hunt Club Roads were highlighted in the session for transportation news. Building seniors’ care facilities (for Alzheimer’s care), adding some outdoor gym equipment throughout some recreational spots and indoor tennis courts are some other great news. Yong’s Pond which has unique trees in it will be bettered, there will be bird houses in it and this is expected to increase property values in Katimavik where the park is neighbouring with.
Beaverpond, Arcadia, Richardson Ridge, Kanata Town Center, Broccolin Apartments are some of the names of the exciting projects in this part of the town. Ciena is adding 1500 new jobs, Sanmina around 500; and Kanata North will be expanding rapidly. Tanger Outlet Mall area will be developed further to accommodate 3 hotels, 6 restaurants, etc. March Retail Plaza, Taggart Plaza are some shopping center projects to be highlighted, and there will be a Cabelas, which is an outdoors store behind Canadian Tire. Transit expansion to Moodie, park and ride innovations are some of the transportation projects to name a few. Nortel Campus implications are huge; around 9000 military personnel will be added by 2017 and that will result in a great housing demand in the area. It is expected to add 3000 more houses, 4 school locations and a heavy demand in transit. A public school at Terry Fox and Second Line, and addition to South March Public, French public are some of the school news in Kanata North. The projects for seniors’ rental accommodation is also in works.
It is the fastest growing section in the West End. It has a population of 28000 now, and the anticipation is that 71000 people will be added to the existing population. Stittsville public high school demand is an important project being worked on. The Fernbank development is expected to be completed within 5-10 years with an estimated population growth of 35000. The Fairwinds Maple Grove development should be finished in the next two years with an estimated population increase of 3000 to 5000. The Tartan development at 33 Johnwoods is estimated at 1500 residents. The Richcraft development beside Lowes will be completed in 8 years with an estimated population for this area of 1500-2000.
Kanata, Stittsville and West End in general being a hot spot for growth, new house construction, employment, investment and population increase; there will be sure exciting real estate opportunities and I will be happy to assist you in your move either from or to the West End with a well informed and prepared perspective.
Author: Nilay Ertemur