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Ottawa committee approves three low-income neighbourhoods for 'revitalization'

If council approves the plan, Carlington, Albion-Heatherington and Vanier South will be chosen for the mixed-income pilot project.

Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans speaks to reporters on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

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Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans speaks to reporters on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

The City of Ottawa is eyeing three low-income communities for a groundbreaking new “revitalized neighbourhoods” project.

The planning committee approved the plan on Tuesday, which would inject $250,000 from the city’s strategic initiatives budget into revamping Carlington, Albion-Heatherington and Vanier South. If council approves the plan, the studies would be phased in over three years starting in 2016.

Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans, who first pitched the project for her community of Albion-Heatherington last year, said she envisions a better mix of housing, more green space and more “community empowerment.”

“It’s not about gentrification, it’s about making every community healthy,” she said, noting the plans must be grassroots and unique to the three different neighbourhoods.

Deans’s inspiration stems from East Lake, Atlanta, which she said is ahead of the curve when it comes to mixed-income neighbourhoods. City staff say Ottawa’s new pilot project is unprecedented in North America.

Last year, Deans slammed a council vote against her plan to set aside $250,000 in the strategic initiatives for a revitalized neighbourhoods plan in Albion-Heatherington. Councillors opted to go back to the drawing board and pinpoint other low-income communities that may benefit.

On Tuesday, Deans said she was pleased the shortlist included three communities. Although the $250,000 will be divvied up, she said city departments would dig through their own budgets for more funding.

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