Briargreen / Centerpointe neighbourhoods in Ottawa-Gatinea
This west Nepean neighbourhood lies south of Baseline Rd, between Greenbank Rd and Woodroffe.
Briar Green is a quiet neighbourhood built on a gentle hillside wrapped around the Pinecrest Cemetery. Queensway Carleton Hospital is just to the west along Baseline Rd. South of the railway tracks are the communities Craig Henry and Mordale.
Centrepointe is a newer residential area that was developed by Minto since 1984 on the south side of Baseline Rd, with Centrepointe Drive separating it from Brian Green to the west. In the eastern part of the neighbourhood is Ben Franklin Place, named for the former mayor of Nepean, once Nepean's City Hall, and is now a public library and community theatre complex. Across Woodroffe is Shopper's City and Algonquin College.
The population in this community is about 5,000 residents. The community has close-by access to the Queensway and to Highway 416. Transit is accessed along Baseline Rd, and at the Baseline Station on the Transitway.
Brian Green is mostly single-family homes dating to the late 1960s and 1970s. Centrepointe has over 1,000 single-family homes, with a good selection of townhomes and terrace homes built after 1984.
In 2007, a former snowdump next to Centrepointe Park was converted into approximately 260 townhouses, terrace homes and low-rise apartments, completed in 2011.
Centrepointe is a newer neighbourhood; Only 5% of homes pre-date 1980, with 11% built 1981-1985, and the majority of homes 67% were built 1986 -1996, and 17% were built after 1997. The area has 2,400 dwellings, of which 46% were single family, 47% are row houses, 6% were apartments in buildings over 5 stories and 5% were apartments lower than 5 stories. Most resident (87%) own their homes and 13% are renters.
The community is home to one public elementary school and has Guy Carleton High School to the east and Sir Robert Borden to the west. There is also a public library in Ben Franklin Place. Many school aged children attend Briargreen, Knoxdale (French Immersion), Greenbank Middle school, or Grant Alternative. And Catholic high schools students attend St. Paul High School, just to the north.
Shopping for the community is at Shoppers City to the east at Woodroffe, though any residents head to either Bayshore Shopping Centre to the west or to the Merivale Rd shopping strip
The community is home to two parks, and is bisected by the NCC recreational pathways that connect northward to the Ottawa River Parkway path system, and just north of Baseline to the east-west pathway through the Central Experimental Farm and Dow's Lake.