If you frequent Booth Street, you will recognize this “garage” on the east side, between Somerset and Gladstone. It’s Cousin Eddy’s and (Uncle?)* Chado’s Auto Body. Here’s another view:
It’s all known by the municipal address 357 Booth Street. The general state of disrepair has been a source of despair.
Note the burnt out hulk to the right: according to this Citizen article, http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=606c1117-859b-4168-83b8-f72616bab4a5&k=34712 it was also owned by “Cousin” Eddy Aoun, who torched his own rental property to evict the tenants he thought were dealing drugs. Such neighborhood concern did not extend to the mysterious loss of trees along the front edge of the property:
There used to be a row of screening trees like the one on the top left, all along the front of the property. Alas, only stumps about 2′ high now remain. I wonder why the trees upped and left, and if they had any help??
But now Cousin and [uncle] are gone too, and a security fence separates the buildings from the street. I certainly hope he has moved because his business was doing so well he needed additional space. There is no Canada411 address for Cousin Eddy (or any spelling variant …) but Chado seems to have relocated to Metcalfe (hint to Metcalfe residents: go out and document trees and amenities still left …).
The combined lots have 174′ of frontage on Booth, and were listed for sale in 2009 for $1.4 million. The lots would have to be decontaminated, and would be ideal for stacked townhouses or low rise apartments. Exiting Cousin Eddy will make it easier to sell the Z6 condo units just down the street. Already the Cornerstone building, a block up the street the other way, is improving its immediate area as its exterior is being finished.
There is nothing on the City web site about development approvals for this site. Does anyone know if it is for sale, sold, who bought it?? Neighbours want to know, as this site has a significant profile and will set the tone for the street. Hopefully, we won’t see another “garage” open up there.
* we certainly cry “Uncle” as in “we’ve had enough…”