Developers plan JV project to build 27-storey high rise rental project in downtown Ottawa

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Site of the planned building

Ontario Construction News staff writer

Taggart Realty Management and Glenview Homes have filed a joint-venture development application in Ottawa for a proposed 27-storey high rise tower with a six storey podium.

The proposed structure at the corner what is now a parking lot at O’Connor and Nepean streets downtown would include 295 apartments, including studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. The developers also propose about 1,300 sq. ft. of ground floor retail space, Ottawa Business Journal (OBJ) has reported.

The planning documents say that Taggart would build the project, and Glenview will manage it once construction is completed.

There would be 202 underground parking spaces and 432 bicycle spaces. The planning application says the builders expect that “many residents of the development will feel encouraged to make regular use of a bicycle as opposed to a vehicle.”

The developers say that the ground floor could house a variety of tenants possibly including a cafe or commercial space, a markerspace, bicycle repair shop or a dog wash station. The pandemic has caused a “renewed call for amenities in the place where you live, both inside and outside of your dwelling unit,” OBJ quoted the development application as saying.

Noting that the pandemic has led to a “renewed call for amenities in the place where you live, both inside and outside of your dwelling unit,” the developers say the ground floor could house a variety of potential tenants.

The application also says the top floor of the building will be devoted to an enclosed amenity space with four rooms “that can be tailored to meet the needs of residents” and are “adaptable over time.”

OBJ says the developers are requesting a number of zoning amendments to accommodate reduced setbacks and a wider range of commercial uses for the property.

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