It's not the Athans subdivision. It's Blossom Park on July 19, 1956. Close enough. Image: Ted Grant / City of Ottawa Archives, Item CA039619.

It’s not the Athans subdivision, but it’s close. Blossom Park on July 19, 1956. Image: Ted Grant / City of Ottawa Archives, Item CA039619.

Dorothea Athans was ambitious. Really ambitious. And determined. Characterized as “a visionary” with “a force of will that was incredible”, Athans (and her husband Alex, a chemist) arrived in Ottawa from Greece in 1955.┬áThat she was one of the few women in Ottawa get involved in property development would have made hers a good story. Her 1980 plan to develop a movie studio near Hawthorne Road, however, is what makes hers a great story. Unfortunately,┬áher ambitions in the Ottawa area were met with little more than disappointment, frustration, and – in at least two cases – being caught on the wrong side of the region’s green belt policies.

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