Overbrook Community Renewal

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Updated: October 2021

Welcome to the Overbrook Community Renewal Page

Overbrook is an urban neighbourhood bounded by the former City of Vanier to the north, the Rideau River to the west, Highway 417 to the south, and St. Laurent Boulevard to the east. It spans an area of 3 square kilometres and boasts a population of nearly 10,000.

Ottawa Community Housing has a proud history within Overbrook dating back to the early 1950s. OCH has 1,000 apartments on 50 acres, serving 2,900 tenants. More specifically, our presence is within several communities known as:

  • “Bon Logis” (detached homes built in 1954), 
  • “Père Charlebois” (4-storey building built in 1967), 
  • “LowRen” (row-townhomes built in 1952), 
  • “Queen Mary Court” (3-storey building built in 1963) and,
  • “Cairine-Dubeau” (row-townhomes built in 1984). 

Overbrook Homes in 2021

Our Overbrook housing stock continues to age, ranging from 50 to 75 years old. Certain clusters of our buildings are now approaching the end of their service-life. They cannot be maintained and repaired forever and eventually must be replaced. For this reason, OCH is exploring replacing some of this stock  with new/modern/innovative housing to meet current needs.

Overbrook - OCH homes and Communities

OCH Communities in Overbrook

This map represents OCH Communities and Homes in Overbrook, the legend illustrates the land holdings, geographic area, building types and unit mix as we know it today, in 2021.

We are in for the long haul

Renewal of this nature is not done overnight; it takes time, a strategic approach, and must be done collaboratively – with OCH tenants, the community and the City of Ottawa, among other stakeholder groups. Equally important is that renewal is best done in a phased manner. By this we mean one parcel/block at a time, sensitively scaled, and over a long-term horizon (e.g. 10-20 years).

Community Engagement is Key

OCH looks forward to continued engagement with our tenants and the community, to chart an exciting new future for Overbrook. The needs of our tenants and their families will be key. We will provide complete support to any tenants that may be impacted and require re-housing, if/when applicable, with ample notice and support in exploring rehousing options. At the same time, we will continue to engage with the community to ensure that our plans are responsible and address the needs/opportunities that are unique to Overbrook

The Objectives of this Renewal

Objectives will be expanded upon according to an engagement with OCH tenants and the community but will include

Funding Sources for this Renewal

Phased renewal of OCH parcels/buildings will be made possible thanks to financial contributions from:

Important Milestones to Date...

OCH Due Diligence 2020-2021

Assessment and evaluation of the portfolio of homes and communities in Overbrook

Tenant/Community Info Session

#1: November 5, 2020

Overbrook Community Association Planning Committee:

Preliminary meeting with OCA Planning Committee: January 14, 2021

Overbrook Community Renewal Newsletter for OCH Tenants

#1 November 2020 #2 June 2021 Community Survey launch

Overbrook Community Engagement Survey

The survey was shared in June 2021. It is now closed. Thank you to those who participated and provided feedback.

Article published in CONNEXIONS –  Local newspaper by the Overbrook Community Association



Frequently Asked Questions

About the renewal project:

OCH has a housing renewal strategy in place for replacing older buildings with newer ones;

  • better suited to current tenant needs,
  • to the neighbourhoods,
  • modern, sustainable, and offer a renewed lifespan,
  • expands services and support based on the needs of the community

Although we are in the early stages of planning the Overbrook Renewal project, based on some early consultations with tenants, partners, and local associations, OCH is assessing the following factors in the development of the Renewal plan for Overbrook:

  • MIXED-INCOME (public rental OCH), private rental, private ownership)
  • MIXED-USE (15-minute community)
  • Mixed-density (low-, mid-rise)
  • Mixed-life stages (families, seniors, couples, singles)
  • Proud, safe & secure – community attributes
  • Accessibility – units and public spaces
  • Open Space/Park access (every to be 400 m to park)
  • Partnerships (public & private sector)
  • Innovation & Sustainability
  • Connectivity & Circulation (pedestrian, cyclists, vehicles)
  • Mixed-product offerings (varied residential designs)
  • Collaborative (involve tenants/community in process)

OCH’s commitment to tenants – the principles:

  • Provide options and support to tenants
  • Work with agencies to assist tenants requiring additional supports.
  • Make every effort to minimize disruption to tenants.
  • Communicate information to tenants in a clear and timely manner.
  • Continue to provide rental subsidies for tenants who have them at the time of rehousing.
  • Provide tenants with ample notice should they need to be rehoused.

As of today (February 2021), we cannot provide a specific date for when re-housing is required. However, we can confirm that the process may start in 2022. The renewal project has started but is in the early stages of planning. OCH does a complete assessment of the community to identify needs before anything is decided. Concept plans need to be developed with tenant and community input. Once completed, then OCH works with the City through the development process. The planning approval process is estimated to take a year and is required before any construction can start.

Yes. The City will be engaging the neighbourhood in the planning process. OCH will share a survey with the community. Please subscribe to the email alert to ensure you will receive a link to the survey. There will be many additional opportunities to provide feedback. You can always share ideas with our team by sending an email to info@och.ca with Overbrook Renewal as the subject.

When new developments are designed, OCH takes inventory of what a community has and what it possibly needs to develop a vibrant community for all residents. This is an opportunity to focus on new amenities that will benefit the community and tenants.
 
You can send us an email with your suggestions at info@och.ca with the subject line: Overbrook Renewal.

Once construction begins, there most likely will be some noise, heavy machinery, potential water and electrical disruptions. OCH, contractors and/or City will share information in advance for service disruptions. We are also engaging and collaborating with community stakeholders and partners, such as the Overbrook Community Association, Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre and Options Bytown. We will keep partners up-to-date on the important milestones for the renewal project. You can also visit this webpage for any new updates or sign up for the Overbrook Renewal Updates email alerts.

How does it impact tenants living in Overbrook?

Keeping tenants informed in their communities has and always will be a top priority for OCH. We are still in the very early stages of the Overbrook Redevelopment Plan, and currently, we do not have a firm timeline for any rehousing activities. Rest assured that as details become available, we will be communicating this directly to the Overbrook community well in advance of anyone having to move.

We are in the very initial stages of planning for this multi-year renewal project. There are still many steps in the process before establishing a clear timeline, including the rental process moving forward.

There is no immediate plan to begin rehousing at this time. If you are currently on a transfer list for any reason and are interested in moving sooner, contact the Tenancy Administration team at (613) 731-1182 Option 4 to be connected with someone who can review your request.

Send inquiries by email at info@och.ca: Subject line: Overbrook Renewal.

 

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