Centrepointe

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Centrepointe is a neighbourhood in College Ward in the west end of the City of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the former city of Nepean. It is a newer residential subdivision in the west/central part of Ottawa, developed from 1984 onwards, and is informally bounded by Baseline Road to the north, Woodroffe Avenue to the east, the CN railroad to the south, and the Briargreen subdivision to the west. The housing stock includes approximately 1,000 detached homes, with the remainder mostly townhomes (row houses) and terrace homes.

According to the Canada 2011 Census, the neighbourhood had a total population of 7,523.[1]

Previously farmland, it was purchased by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, which let the land lay fallow for many years. Most of the land was sold off to Ottawa's largest housing developer Minto Corporation, which built and sold off a wide range of homes from townhouses to large upscale houses.

Its major attraction is Ben Franklin Place, named for the former mayor of Nepean, which houses the Centrepointe Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, the locally renowned Centrepointe Theatre, and the former Nepean City Hall (now housing satellite offices for the City of Ottawa).

The neighbourhood has a significant Jewish population. The 2011 National Household Survey indicated that 13% of the neighbourhood's population was Jewish.[2]

The Centrepointe Community Association was formed on February 4, 2006 to represent and advance the interests of neighbourhood residents. The association is particularly active during periods when major developments or issues surface in the Community, such as new commercial or housing developments proposed by builders. A major issue confronting the association is the City of Ottawa's proposed development of the Centrepointe Town Centre concept, which could add up to two million square feet of high density residential and commercial space to the area. Residential construction in Centrepointe continues. In 2007, a former snowdump next to Centrepointe Park was converted into approximately 260 townhouses, terrace homes and low-rise apartments, which was completed in early 2011.

An Annual General Meeting at 7:00 PM on October 26, 2011 at Ben Franklin Place was held to discuss Richraft's new proposed development at the corner of Centrepointe Drive and Constellation Crescent. This particular piece of land was previously slated for development but the project never went ahead and is now under consideration by the builder, City of Ottawa and Community again.

The easternmost portion of Centrepointe recently underwent major development. As of January 2012, construction had finished on three major projects: the City of Ottawa Archives at the corner of Tallwood Drive and Woodroffe Avenue, a new trades building for nearby Algonquin College, and expansion of Centrepointe Theatre at Ben Franklin Place. Baseline Station Portions of Constellation Boulevard were rerouted to accommodate the new buildings and as part of the City's long-term public transportation plan.

Baseline Station is expected to be the terminus of Stage 2 of the LRT's Confederation Line, to be completed in 2023. [3]

Many school aged children attend Briargreen, Manordale, Knoxdale (French Immersion), Greenbank Middle School and then Sir Robert Borden High School.

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