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NCC moving ahead with 3 pop-up bistros

The National Capital Commission is pushing ahead with its plan for three pop-up bistros in refurbished shipping containers, including in the Glebe where neighbours wanted their community off the menu.

Residents in Glebe wanted Patterson Creek bistro off the menu

The NCC is moving forward with plans for a pop-up bistro in Patterson Creek. (Sandra Abma/CBC)

The National Capital Commission is pushing ahead with its plan for three pop-up bistros in refurbished shipping containers, including in the Glebe where neighbours wanted their community off the menu.

The NCC announced the plan earlier this year to put up three bistros: one in Confederation Park, another near the Remic Rapids and the third at Patterson Creek in the Glebe. 

The Patterson Creek location drew the ire of neighbours concerned about potential noise and traffic issues with the bistro. They also expressed concern at a lack of consultation on the project, prompting the NCC to hold an open house. 

According to a report on the NCC's website posted Tuesday evening, 57 per cent of the comments at the open house were against the project, with another 10 per cent expressing mixed feelings and 33 per cent supporting it. 

Those opposed to the project raised concerns about everything from the sale of alcohol, to increased traffic to the possibility blue heron near the creek would be disturbed.

"Others feared that certain activities—paddling, dog walking, picnicking, Frisbee, quiet relaxation, to name but a few—would be impaired or outright prevented by the presence of the bistro," reads the report.

In the report, the NCC said it's going ahead with the plan despite those objections and believes it can mitigate any concerns about noise or traffic. The site will run from the week of July 29 to Sept. 30 — six weeks shorter than originally planned — and will have no amplified sound or exterior lighting.

The Confederation Park site will open the week of July 15 and the Remic Rapids location the following week.

    

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