Developer to start landmark building consultations for 34-storey Ottawa development

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

A developer’s proposal to turn a downtown Ottawa site into a 34-storey mixed use development will be put through extensive community and regulatory scrutiny before construction can commence.

The city’s planning committee voted on Feb. 24 that Taggart Realty Management would need to engage in a comprehensive “public consultation strategy” for a landmark building on the Centretown land assembly.

The high-rise building would retain and integrate two existing detached dwellings along MacLaren Street and provide space for a public use within the development, city planning documents say.

The proposed project incorporates 359 Kent St. As well as 436 and 444 MacLaren St.

“The proposed tower has a height of 34 storeys and is in the southwest corner of the property with an eight storey podium extending along the south frontage along Gilmour Street,” the planning document says.

“Significant at-grade landscaped space is proposed to abut the three public street frontages. Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment applications have been submitted for the proposed development to permit the increased building height of 34 storeys, and to address site-specific zoning requirements.

“Given the proposed building height is above and beyond the 9-storey provision of the Secondary Plan, the proposed development will be evaluated against the policies for “landmark buildings” contained in the Centretown Secondary Plan.”

Consultants include: Planner – Fotenn Planning and Design; architect – Hobin Architecture, and landscape architect – Lashely and Associates.

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