Mon. Aug 8th, 2022

Ottawa’s skyline will continue to change if a former dairy plant along Highway 417 provides space for six high-rise towers with more than 1,900 residential units.

The city’s planning staff in Ottawa is recommending council members in the planning committee to approve Claridge Homes’ application for land on Clyde Avenue, behind the Canadian tire store on Carling Avenue, at its Sept. 23 meeting.

The land is currently owned by Doodh Milk Inc. and allows buildings nine or 10 storeys high. The plan presented to the city requires much greater height so that six towers from 22 to 39 storeys can be built.

In documents submitted by Claridge, the company describes the creation of an “independent neighborhood” that also includes six-story buildings and townhouses and a new city park on Clyde Avenue.

Initially, the six towers would all have been similar heights, but Claridge agreed to make each one a different height to “create a more dynamic and interesting skyline,” city staff wrote in their report.

Staff say the plan would use an underdeveloped brownfields site and would add hundreds of units without disturbing immediate neighbors because there are none.

Claridge has agreed that 10 percent of all units – or about 193 – will be affordable in 20 years. During discussions about affordable housing at City Hall, councilors often describe the need for larger family units, but in this project, more than half are destined to be one-bedroom units, up to a quarter bachelor apartments, and 15 percent would have two or three bedrooms.

The Kitchissippi department would also receive $ 100,000 for an account used for speed reduction.

The project is in line with the city of Ottawa’s stated goal of aggressively intensifying its existing neighborhoods to house a population that it expects to grow by 400,000 inhabitants over the next 25 years.

The city typically targets projects with very tall towers within a short walk of fast transit stations, but this project is 2.2 kilometers away from the nearest future light rail station at Dominion.

Staff provide some details on transportation impacts in their report, but be aware that Carling Avenue is a “transit priority corridor”.

The next official plan will describe how and where the city plans to lay much of this density, and the important final draft leads to a joint committee meeting on 14 October, with an open house taking place in advance on 29 September.

The original proposal, as seen here in documents submitted to the city in November 2020, required three 30-story towers and three 25-story towers, but the plan has been changed. (City of Ottawa / Claridge Homes)

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