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[URBAN NOTE] On the potential uses of Ottawa’s 100 Wellington Street

CBC News reports on some potential developments that would be lovely for Ottawa.

The federal government has been presented with three leading ideas on what to do with the former U.S. embassy in Ottawa, which has stood vacant for nearly 20 years on prime real estate directly across from Parliament Hill.

A proposal to build a national portrait gallery on the site was scrapped by former prime minister Stephen Harper a decade ago, shortly after he assumed office.

A report commissioned last summer for Public Services and Procurement Canada and released publicly on Thursday gauged support for six options for the building at 100 Wellington St.

The top three choices identified in surveys conducted by Ekos Research Associates are:

A “Canada House” venue that would give visitors a “taste of the country’s diversity achievements” while also showcasing “the best of the provinces and territories.”
A gallery that would host “artwork of national significance.”
An Indigenous cultural facility that would highlight the “culture, achievements and the prominent role” of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples.

The other options included a museum, a tourism information centre and an interpretive centre for Parliament.

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Written by Randy McDonald

December 24, 2016 at 9:32 pm

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