Former Standard Bread Company Bakery receives heritage designation

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The City of Ottawa will designate the Standard Bread Company Bakery building under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act.

Located just west of O-train Line 2, at 951 Gladstone Avenue, this local landmark was built as a commercial bakery in 1924. It’s a good example of early 20th century industrial buildings and representative of Sydney Comber – a British-born architect known for the commercial bakeries and dairy production facilities he designed across Canada.

The City received a request to designate this building from the Hintonburg Community Association in January 2010 staff were prepared to move forward with a designation report at that time, however, through negotiations with the previous property owner, in June 2010, the community association requested that designation be put on hold pending redevelopment plans for the site.

Heritage staff have maintained that the existing building is a cultural heritage resource that should be retained and integrated into any proposed development of the site.

The current owner of the property has submitted applications for an Official Plan amendment and a major Zoning By-law amendment. The development applications include retention and rehabilitation of the existing building and construction of three mixed use, high rise towers on the site

There is a plan to redevelop the adjacent lands with three mixed-use, high-rise towers, and intends to rehabilitate the historic building and integrate it with the new development. The Planning Committee will consider the proposed development at a future meeting.

The Committee approved zoning amendments and site plan control applications to permit four new apartment buildings in the community known as Robinson Village, at the southeast corner of Sandy Hill.

A nine-storey building at 36 Robinson Avenue would have 190 units and feature a gym and café on the ground floor and a rooftop terrace. Three six-storey apartment buildings at 19, 29 and 134 Robinson Avenue would each have 46 units – a mix of studios, one bedrooms and two bedrooms.

The sites are already zoned for apartment buildings at these heights and densities. The zoning amendment is needed primarily to reduce minimum parking requirements within this transit-oriented community that is less than 800 metres from Lees Station.

The city’s planning committee refused a proposal for a 17-storey hotel to replace the parking lot at 116 York Street in the ByWard Market. Members agreed with City planning staff that the building would be inconsistent with the Council-approved Urban Design Guidelines for High-Rise Buildings, and that the scale, size and height of the tower would not relate well to neighbouring properties.

 

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