The NCC will select a few special pilot projects to complete before the 2017 celebrations. The money for the plan and the special projects will be paid for out of the NCC’s regular capital projects fund. The NCC has indicated that they are interested in working with partners to do pilot projects. There is here an opportunity to work with the NCC to select the Market for a pilot project.
The implementation of an illumination plan would help confirm the Market’s distinct identity, make the area more attractive, safer and enhance its unique heritage character. Looking at an illumination plan for the whole Market area would ensure the appropriate lighting for not just for one building but for the whole area thereby creating a coherent urban nightscape. It would provide a framework to implement measures on city owned property as well as on private property over time at a minimal cost.
Selecting the Market for a demonstration project also fits well with the current initiative to revitalize the Market. It would be a great legacy to the downtown of Ottawa in the context of the 150th celebrations.
Written by Sylvie Grenier, LCA Director, Co-chair, LCA Planning Committee