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65-Story Tower Would be Ottawa's Tallest
Ottawa, Canada – 05 July 2018
A developer building on a spot across from the Bayview LRT station is proposing a 65-story building which, at 223.3 meters, would become Ottawa's tallest.

TIP Albert GP Inc. owns the 1.44-hectare property at 900 Albert St., at the southwest corner of Albert and City Centre Avenue.

The proposal is for a mixed-use development with three towers that are 65, 56, and 27 stories, respectively, all on three-story podiums, along with six levels of underground parking.

The proposed development would have 1,241 residential units plus office and retail space, with 1,059 parking spaces and 740 indoor bike parking spots.

The city's planning committee would need to approve amendments to the official plan and building heights to allow the tower complex.

The city's urban design review panel, in reviewing the plan, expressed concerns about the height of the building in relation to the rest of the street, calling the proposed permitted height "incredibly significant, with considerable implications for the city's skyline."

City staff argue the building is in a prime spot for intensification, given its location next to the light rail station and in the city's center.

Staff also recommends that the planning committee send the file to council for approval on July 11, the last council meeting before the summer break.

In exchange for the added height, the developer will contribute $975,000 toward Somerset Ward's affordable housing fund and the design and construction of a future pedestrian and cycling bridge over the existing O-Train corridor along the former Wellington Street right-of-way.

The proposal would be one of many developments clustered around the future light rail line to push building heights across Ottawa. The nearby LeBreton Flats development by Claridge Homes is planning five high-rises ranging in height from 25 to 30 stories.

The tallest building in Ottawa currently is the Place de Ville office tower. The 29-story building rises 112 meters, though several buildings under development are set to surpass that height.

For more on this story, go to CBC Canada.
http://www.ctbuh.org/GlobalNews/getArticle.php?id=6198#!


Source: TIP Albert GP Inc.
 

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It's hard to say. Canadian urban planning policies encourage higher density, Ottawa grows at a steady clip (so there's demand), but something this scale would be new territory for the city. Ottawa is a very conservative place. This would be just outside the downtown core but the NIMBYs will be out in full force regardless.

When Ottawa rebuilt Lansdowne Park (their CFL stadium) the opposition to it was insane and this was a park that's had a stadium on it for decades. All they were doing was rebuilding one stand, adding retail, restaurants, and a condo. It finally got built but it did speak volumes about how resistant locals are to change.

1 million people seems to be the population when Canadian metros start building significantly taller (200m+). The interest in growing out wanes and they start to grow vertically. Ottawa is at 1.4 million. Every Canadian metro over 1 million has a 200m+ building except Ottawa.
 

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This is news is kinda out of nowhere
 

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No, not totally out of nowhere. There's (or was) a nearly 200 meter proposal not that many years back. In fact, is this not it? I must be confused about something here.

What's not entirely clear is when people in Ottawa decided to do away with height restrictions. Okay, I know that they're still in place near the core, at least, but there was almost nothing proposed higher than 30 stories anywhere else in the capital region. Suddenly it's become vogue to not just jump that fence but to go a lot taller. Ottawa has had a tabletop skyline for decades and suddenly anything and everything seems to be okay.
 
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