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Public info session on 89 Beechwood development
September 17 @ 6:00 pm
There will be a public information session for residents on Thursday, September 17 at 6 pm on the proposed development by Claridge Homes on Beechwood Avenue. See below for background information on this project.
The meeting will take place on Zoom
Meeting ID: 950 4151 9368 Passcode: 129505
If you would prefer to join by phone:
+1 778 907 2071 +1 204 272 7920 +1 438 809 7799
+1 587 328 1099 +1 647 374 4685 +1 647 558 0588
You can view the publicly available documentation online
Claridge Home’s proposal was initially introduced in 2014 and formally approved by City Council in May 2016. It provided for a 67-unit building with ground-floor retail and commercial spaces facing Beechwood Ave. On April 24, 2020, Claridge Homes submitted a revised Site Plan Application for approval to the City of Ottawa. This revised Site Plan Application is completely contrary to what the Council originally approved.
On June 23, 2020, the Community Associations of Lindenlea, New Edinburgh, Manor Park, Rockcliffe Park and Vanier became aware of the revised Site Plan Application. The revisions proposed included the elimination of all retail and commercial space on the ground floor, and an increase of the residential units from 67 to 95 as well as an addition of 30 additional parking spots more than required minimum. These changes represent a major and significant departure from the approved proposal.
The revised proposal violates Traditional Main Street Zoning and Mainstreet Development Guidelines and is poorly designed as it lacks privacy in a building designed to abut public space and thoroughfare. It will not provide vitality…in one large block of the Beechwood Avenue zoned as our main street and the increase in number of apartments means apartments will be very small – only 800 sq feet for the two bedrooms. Communities across Ottawa are watching this case carefully as it could be used as a precedent by other developers on our main streets.
Subsequently the Beechwood Village Alliance and four community associations’ Presidents and Board Members met with the City of Ottawa staff and the Counsellor on July 30, 2020 in order to address the concerns stated above. As a result, the Planning Department itself decided to rescind their delegated authority and send the application to Planning Committee and to facilitate a community feedback session on the revised proposal.
This meeting is for the community to ask questions of the developer and the City and to express your views.