Centretown is a neighbourhood in Somerset Ward, in central Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is defined by the city as "the area bounded on the north by Gloucester Street and Lisgar Street, on the east by the Rideau Canal, on the south by the Queensway freeway and on the west by Bronson Avenue." Traditionally it was all of Ottawa west of the Rideau Canal, while Lower Town was everything to the east. For certain purposes, such as the census and real estate listings, the Golden Triangle and/or Downtown Ottawa (between Gloucester/Lisgar and the Ottawa River) is included in Centretown and it is considered part of Centretown by the Centretown Citizens Community Association as well as being used in this way in casual conversation.
The total population of Centretown (south of Gloucester Street) was 23,823 according to the Canada 2016 Census.
Centretown is marked by a mix of residential and commercial properties. The main streets such as Bank Street and Elgin Street are largely commercial, while the smaller ones, notably MacLaren and Gladstone are more residential. Much of the area still consists of original single family homes, but there are newer infill and town house developments and low-rise and high-rise apartment buildings. A construction boom that began in the late nineties significantly increased the number of condominiums and other residential and commercial high-rise buildings north of Cooper Street.
Landmarks include the Canadian Museum of Nature, Dundonald Park, Jack Purcell Park, McNabb Recreation Centre, the Ottawa Curling Club, the Sens Mile and the Ottawa Central Bus Station.
According to the Canada 2006 Census. Defined as the area of Ottawa bounded on the west by Bronson, north by Gloucester Street, east by the Rideau Canal and on the south by the Queensway.
Change (2001–2006): -3.1%
Total Private Dwellings: 14,040
Land Area: 2.1 km².
Population density: 9768.1 per km².
Precise numbers are difficult because of the large contingent of transient residents in the neighbourhood, many of whom are students or hill staffers temporarily living in Ottawa.
Mid-Centretown Design Study
In 2009, the City of Ottawa launched a Mid-Centretown Community Design Plan study, which was to cover the area roughly bounded by "Elgin Street on the east, the 417 on the south, Kent Street on the west and the Central Area boundary/Gloucester Street on the north". Since that time, the study has come to encompass the entirety of Centretown. The design plan is targeted for completion in the fall of 2012.
Members of Parliament
The area was represented by two members from 1872 to 1935
Joseph Merrill Currier, Liberal-Conservative (1867–1882); Ottawa (City of)
John Bower Lewis, Conservative (1872–1874); Ottawa (City of)
Pierre St. Jean, Liberal (1874–1878); Ottawa (City of)
Joseph Tassé, Conservative (1878–1887); Ottawa (City of)
Charles H. Mackintosh, Conservative (1882–1887); Ottawa (City of)
W. G. Perley, Conservative (1887–1890); Ottawa (City of)
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