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Ontario Construction News staff writer
Ottawa has approved development applications that would see significant investments in the Centrepointe and Glebe neighbourhoods.
- On Centrepointe Drive near Baseline Station and the future Algonquin LRT station, the Official Plan and zoning amendments were approved to permit a two-tower development with buildings of 22 and 24 storeys and about 575 apartments. Amendment permit additional height and density and require that the applicant invest $600,000 in community benefits including traffic calming measures, library resources and park improvements.
- On Chamberlain Avenue, at the northern edge of the Glebe, a 16-storey building was approved with 150 units and ground-floor commercial space. The amendment also increases permitted height, and in exchange the applicant would invest more than $952,000 in community benefits, including for traffic calming measures, park improvements and affordable housing. The residential portion of the building would add a mix of unit types for families of all sizes – from studios to three-bedroom units.
- A 26-storey building on Bank Street, just south of the Rideau River, a height increase was approved for a tower with 391 units. However, the project can only proceed after the city addresses water servicing issues on the site through the Bank Street Renewal project, with work starting in 2022.
Additional plans include more housing to the Westboro neighbourhood through Official Plan and zoning amendments to permit height for a nine-storey building at the corner of Richmond Road and Roosevelt Avenue. The proposed development includes 160 apartment units.
Ottawa’s planning committee also recently approved plans for an inflatable sports dome at École secondaire catholique Garneau in Orléans, east of Orléans Boulevard and south of Carrière Street – a permanent structure that would cover the sports courts and fields throughout the year.