At the beginning of November, the City of Ottawa’s Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) approved a report that recommended retaining Dickinson House and Carriage Shed in historic Dickinson Square. The Manotick Mill Quarter Community Development Corporation (MMQCDC), which was established by the City of Ottawa to save and redevelop key heritage properties in Manotick Village, originally acquired six properties in the Mill Quarter. The MMQCDC consulted with residents about possible development that would fit the community character and then put the properties up for sale. Three of the six properties listed received good offers, while one property was retained by the City for the Remembrance Park development.
The two remaining properties, Dickinson House and the Carriage Shed, did not generate viable offers. As a result, the Board of the MMQCDC recommended that the City keep public ownership of these two buildings, which the community strongly supported. After the report was approved by FEDCO, City Council approved it on November 9th. By retaining Dickinson House and the Carriage Shed, the City is preserving Manotick’s history, while adding to the vibrancy and economic prosperity of the community’s future.
The Manotick Mill Quarter Community Development Corporation has since been dissolved.