Perhaps the most important element of the transformation of South Keys Centre is the OC Transpo O-Train Line 2 expansion project currently underway. While the former Line 2 (“Trillium Line”) ended at Greenboro, after construction is completed next year the line will run to Barrhaven, with several new stations along the way, including at South Keys.
If you’ve visited the South Keys Shopping Centre before, it’s likely you didn’t really stop to look around. This is no accident: the existing “big box” retail is designed for you to easily drive to a store, walk in, and walk out without much hassle. Aside from the seasonal patio in front of the Starbucks, you’re unlikely to see anyone gathering or hanging out at South Keys Centre.
The City of Ottawa is proposing significant changes to the busy intersection of Bank and Hunt Club bordering South Keys Centre, and Better South Keys Centre has been excited to be a stakeholder in the process. While the project was initially proposed from the perspective of adding vehicle capacity, we would like this significant investment in our community to instead support more comfortable walking, cycling, and transit use.
n collaboration with Better South Keys Centre, City Stream Watch will be conducting a cleanup in Sawmill Creek at the South Keys Shopping Centre. Participants will help to clean up garbage in the stream and shorelines surrounding Sawmill Creek. We will meet up at the South Keys parking lot by the Kelsey’s Restaurant at 9:00 AM.
Better South Keys Centre held its first public event since its creation last fall — a Spring walk and talk tour around the South Keys Centre property. While we had a wonderfully huge turnout and had to split into two groups, we know that many of you weren’t able to make it so we wanted to share a recap.
Sometimes the best way to learn about a place is by using your own two feet and walking it. In this spirit, our Executive Director Matt Pinder recently joined Hans Moor, former President of Bike Ottawa and author of the blog HansontheBike.com, for a walking tour of South Keys Centre.
Greenboro has an extensive existing network of comfortable multi-use pathways connecting several schools and parks, Greenboro Plaza, Conroy Mall, and the Greenboro Community Centre with its library and facilities. One can walk or bike from Hawthorne Road all the way through to Pebble Road at Pushman Park (just west of Albion Road) through these paths with only a few major road crossings. This is an amazing asset that makes Greenboro a pleasant place to walk and cycle around — it connects the community.
After getting lots of interest and questions from his blog on the redevelopment of South Keys Centre, Ottawa South resident Matt Pinder convened a virtual public meeting on November 2, and then a second one on December 9, which brought together neighbours and community members — and not just from the immediate South Keys/Greenboro area. Matt was joined by a wide variety of other Ottawa South residents who use South Keys Centre services today, and who were interested in learning about this redevelopment project and in offering their thoughts.