Ottawa invites feedback on Château Laurier redevelopment

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An image of the original proposed Chateau Laurier expansion design. It has been revised but is still controversial.

The City of Ottawa’s planning committee has announced the launch of a process for public feedback on the proposed redevelopment of the Château Laurier hotel.

The city has received a Site Plan Control application for the development and that information is now publicly available at ottawa.ca/chateaulaurierMembers of the public have 28 days to review the project and submit feedback, including through an online form and via email at chateaulaurier@ottawa.ca.

The proposal will be refined by city staff following their review and public feedback, a city news release says. “Owing to the local and national importance of the Château Laurier, a special heritage working group, comprised of nationally respected heritage professionals and a representative from Heritage Ottawa, has been established to provide advice to the applicant, the city, and the National Capital Commission,” the announcement says.

There will be additional opportunities to provide feedback before the project comes before Council, including when it considered by the Committee of Adjustment, Built Heritage Sub-Committee and planning committee later this year. The city will also organize a community session for information and comments before these committees review the proposal.

In other matters, the planning committee approved zoning that will impact the future of Armstrong St., which runs parallel to Wellington St. W. in the Hintonburg neighbourhood. The change will allow for development of local-serving small businesses along portions of the street and in the block to the south, between Armstrong St. and Wellington St. W.

The committee also approved an Official Plan Amendment and zoning that will allow for construction of a two-storey mixed-use building on the site of the Kanata Centrum Shopping Centre. Facing 255 Kanata Ave,, the development emphasizes pedestrian access and quality urban design.

Reports for these committee-approved items will go to city council on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

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