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Council approves demolition of Magee House

October 10, 2018
Council Updates

Magee House, a designated heritage property at 1119 Wellington Street West, can be demolished by mid-November. City Council today approved a demolition application for the Hintonburg landmark that partially collapsed in July, based on the recommendation of an engineering report. Some of the original stone must be protected, stored and incorporated in any future development of the site. A commemorative panel about Magee House would also have to be put up. 

To allow some time to study recent patterns of intensification in Westboro, Council approved an Interim Control By-law prohibiting new three-unit triplexes in part of Westboro. The control will be in place for one year and will allow planning staff to evaluate the replacement of single-family homes with three-unit buildings in Westboro. The freeze on new three-unit buildings will cover the area bounded by Golden Avenue to the west, Byron Avenue to the north, Tweedsmuir Avenue to the east and Dovercourt Avenue to the south.

A continuous cycle track is coming to each side of Booth Street, following Council’s approval to enter into a front-ending agreement with Windmill Dream Zibi Ontario Inc. The developer will design and build cycling infrastructure to connect the Pimisi light-rail transit station and the Ottawa River Pathway, with painted bicycle lanes going farther north to the Zibi development on Chaudière and Albert islands. Protected intersections will also be provided with cross rides and bicycle signals to maximize safety and convenience for all users, including cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. The City will reimburse the developer up to $1.89 million once the infrastructure is built. Construction will be coordinated with the developer’s underground infrastructure work, to minimize traffic disruption.

Council approved revised wording in the Official Plan, clarifying policies that affect density, high-rise buildings, parking and secondary plans. These have been the basis for ongoing appeals by the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association and the Building Owners and Managers Association. Both associations agree to the revised language. The City Solicitor will bring the changes to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal as part of the appeals settlement.

Wesley Clover Parks, located north of Highway 417 and west of Moodie Drive, can now be used as a theatre for up to 5,000 participants. Council approved a zoning amendment for the park, along with a short-term increase in capacity to allow up to 25,000 participants for an event planned on June 29 and 30, 2019. The capacity limit can be lifted for other events if a transportation study and traffic management plan are submitted to show the site can manage the added traffic of a larger event.

Council approved a building to replace the heritage house demolished at 227 MacKay Street in the New Edinburgh Heritage Conservation District. The owner received Council approval in October 2017 to remove the house to replace foundations and then to build an addition after it had been returned. The house was demolished, however, without the necessary heritage and demolition permits. The planned replacement house is identical to the design that Council approved in October 2017.

A 27-storey mixed-use building is coming to 180 Metcalfe Street. Council approved a heritage permit for the construction, which will see the developer incorporate the façade of the heritage-designated Medical Arts Building into the design of the new high-rise. The applicant plans to demolish the rear and interior of the historic building, preserving the north, east and south façades.

Council also approved an exemption to the Permanent Signs on Private Property By-law to allow a mural painted on the wall of a house at 118 Stirling Avenue. The owner of the house commissioned the artist, Arpi, to paint a mural scene that has been welcomed as a positive addition to the streetscape.

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