99-Year-Old Ottawa Street Celebrates Reopening

Saturday May 31st, 2014

Posted at 2:25pm


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City Councillor Alan Halberstadt, BIA executive Arnie Blaine and BIA representatives celebrate Ottawa Street’s grand reopening with a ribbon cutting

Almost a century ago Ottawa Street was a mud road, according to city councillor Alan Halberstadt. Ninety-nine years later, the street celebrated its grand reopening, Saturday.

“In 1983 when we first redid Ottawa Street A&P had just moved downtown, Tepperman’s left Ottawa Street and Gray’s Department Store was closing,” said BIA chair Arnie Blaine. “The redo of Ottawa Street then led us to 2014, and this redo will lead us into the future.”

Ottawa Street kicked off its weekend-long grand reopening Friday evening, after a year of construction that saw new roadway, sidewalks, and much improved street scape elements and light posts added to the shopping district.

All weekend long the street is closed to traffic, patios are extended, there are sidewalk sales, buskers, live entertainment and much more.

Other highlights include a concert at Lanspeary Park with Rob Seff and Simantix opening for Greatest Hits Live Saturday night. Paws on Parade Dog Parade will take over Lanspeary Park on Sunday

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