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Council approves plan to build new landmark central library

June 13, 2018
Council Updates

City Council today approved the implementation plan for building the new Central Library.

The City will build the library as a joint facility with Library and Archives Canada at 557 Wellington Street, opening in 2024. The design process will start in early 2019 and will include public consultations on the design and function of the library.

The City will contribute $104.2 million to the $174.8-million facility, along with the entire cost for an $18.1-million parking garage. The 200-space, underground garage will be cost-neutral, based on estimated revenue.

The Official Plan and zoning amendments for development of a new Civic Hospital campus on the former site of the Sir John Carling Building were approved today at Council. The entire site was designated as a Major Institutional Zone, with development limited to hospital and hospital-related uses only.

The Ottawa Hospital is planning the new campus, in line with an established provincial process. Preliminary work to determine how big the facility needs to be to meet projected community health care needs should be finished in 2018. Details about the building’s design will follow.

Council approved a zoning amendment that will limit the number of bedrooms in multi-unit buildings. The amendment stems from a review of several zoning studies that looked at ensuring compatible infill in established low-rise neighbourhoods. The review was in response to the increasing development in the inner urban area of multi-unit buildings with unusually large numbers of bedrooms in each unit.

The amendment introduces a limit of four bedrooms per dwelling unit within a multi-unit building. In detached dwellings, the maximum would be eight bedrooms. Minimum storage space is proposed as well, to ensure large residential buildings provide enough room for garbage and recyclables.

Council approved two community design plans that will guide the future development of neighbourhoods in Carlington and Barrhaven. A plan for the Merivale Road North corridor provides guidance around the 1.5-kilometre section of Merivale Road between Carling and Caldwell avenues. The overall vision for the community includes guidelines for infill, economic development initiatives and a complete-street design.

The community design plan for the Barrhaven South Urban Expansion Area will see development of a complete community, with facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, two elementary schools, a public library and several parks. It is expected to house approximately 1,200 residential units by 2031.

Two developments in Kitchissippi Ward also received approval today, including a mixed-use building on Roosevelt Avenue, just north of Richmond Road. The second site will see a 25-storey mixed-use building between McRae and Tweedsmuir avenues, south of Scott Street and 50 metres from the Westboro Transit Station. A public park and a four-storey mixed-use building are also planned as part of this development.

Council approved a $60.9-million Brownfields Rehabilitation Grant, the largest such grant in the City’s history. Remediation of 3 and 4 Booth Street will take approximately 10 years. The former industrial site, which takes up 16 acres of Chaudière and Albert Islands, will eventually house 1,121 residential units, 11,700 square metres of retail space and 66,500 square metres of office space.

The Ottawa Rowing Club now has heritage designation. The two-bay boathouse with clubhouse space above was built around 1898 on the shore of the Ottawa River in Lowertown East. The design is a rare example of late 19th century recreational architecture and has historical value for its association with competitive rowing and several significant individuals in Ottawa’s history.

Council received the final report for Ottawa 2017 festivities. Ottawa welcomed more than 11 million visitors in 2017, 8.8 per cent more than in 2016. Celebrations Ottawa Inc. delivered more than 100 events and activities, including the Picnic on the Bridge, Mìwàte at Chaudière Falls, Red Bull Crashed Ice and La Machine.

Homeowners who experienced flooding on October 29-30, 2017 can apply for the Residential Protective Plumbing Program, even if they did not obtain City approval before installation. Waiving this requirement will allow residents who experienced flooding, and were required by insurance companies to install the devices right away, to apply to receive partial compensation in accordance with the program.

Council received the annual report of Ottawa Community Housing Corporation.

Hydro Ottawa delivered a $1.9-million surplus to the City, according to a report received by Council. The City will reinvest $1.3 million of the surplus in road resurfacing and $633,000 in energy-efficiency programs and upgrades to City facilities.

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