Posted by: HamptonIona | November 27, 2015

Hampton Iona Updates

    1. Traffic Safety in Hampton Iona – Councillor Leiper in conjunction with local resident Kevin O’Donnell have started to film and analyze various intersections across the ward as they continue to try to address unsafe driver behaviour in Kitchissippi. The first intersection that they have filmed is Byron and Island Park. You can find more information about this initiative at this at https://kitchissippiward.ca/content/we-need-your-help-island-park-byron-traffic-analysis. As well, you can see actual footage at http://app.kevino.ca/traffic-video/.
    2. Proposed Infill Redevelopment – There is a proposal for the redevelopment of 145 Buell going to the Committee of Adjustment on December 2 at 1:00 pm (Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive). The applicant is proposing to add a full second story to the existing detached dwelling and also a two-storey addition at the north-east corner of the building. The applicant is seeking the following variances:
      1. To permit a reduced corner side yard setback of 2.7 metres for the second storey addition whereas the bylaw requires a minimum corner side yard setback of 4.5 metres.
      2. To permit a reduced corner side yard setback of 2.7 metres for the new two-storey addition whereas the bylaw requires a minimum corner side yard setback of 4.5 metres.
      3. To permit a reduced front yard setback of 4.26 metres for the second storey addition whereas the bylaw requires that the front yard setback match that of the abutting residential lot which is 4.35 metres.

      If you have any questions or wish to register your comments on this proposal please contact Emily Monette (613 580-2424, ext. 23255) or Paul Conner (ext. 13459) at the city of Ottawa. Comments can be sent to cofa@ottawa.ca or you can appear at the Committee meeting on December 2.

    3. Proposed Westgate Redevelopment – On November 24th, Riocan Investments held a meeting with local community association representatives to discuss the future of Westgate Mall. Riocan is looking at redeveloping the Westgate Mall site over a period of up to 25 years as a mixed use development consisting of residential, retail and commercial/office space. They are also looking at the re-development of the existing 6 storey medical office building immediately to the west of the mall in conjunction with the owner of that building. 

      Actual timing will depend on market conditions. The redevelopment would be done in multiple stages. Overtime, the actual mall would be eliminated and would be replaced with a number of hi-rise buildings that would include a mix of retail, residential and commercial. The first phase which is proposed within 5 years would see the tear-down of Monkey Joe’s and its replacement with a hi-rise apartment building with retail at grade. Shopper’s Drug Mart would move into this new buildings and over the next five years, the end of the mall where Shopper’s Drug Mart is currently located would also be redeveloped into a similar sized apartment building with retail at grade. Over time, the rest of the mall would slowly be replaced by similar new buildings. Given that Riocan is a real estate investment trust (REIT), its purpose is to own property that generates income over time. As such, Riocan’s business model requires that they build rental buildings rather than condominiums. Over the next few months, Riocan will be holding meetings with the public to discuss this proposed redevelopment. They will also be seeking approval from City Hall.

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