The Trinity Developers acquisition of the lands adjacent LeBreton Flats and their drawings – shown in the previous story — of 50 storey buildings with large above ground parking garages — is a product and a harbinger of Ottawa’s latest downtown development thinking.
I am not optimistic about a city core with large above ground garages, no matter how pretty.
This downtown core has glittery buildings, including one that took the “temple of commerce” idea literally:
that’s the base or podium of the temple of mammon on the right, and while glad in nice granite and shiney gothic windows, its all parking garage for the soaring tower above. And that 15 storey office building on the centre left … that’s ALL parking garage. It actually did away completely with the office or residential functions. Makes for a lively downtown.
And my bet is that Mayor Watson worships at the congregation of development.
Much more staid are a couple of downtown developments coming down the pipe right now.
Here’s the view of the shuttered downtown hotel, once proudly the Delta, for short while the National, and now the Empty. This 1970’s Teron project had a hotel, an office tower, and across the street to the south, a underground parking lot with the 151 Bay condos above. A good mixed use development with superior architectural interest.
The hotel wings are soon for the demolishers, as is the little three storey apartment building orphaned at the corner. They will be replaced by two 23 storey towers, one a hotel, the other apartments. The office tower may also be enlarged.
I hope the 151 Bay condo owners scoop up a dozen pallets of brick for future use repairing their building.
A bit further south, the CS Coop building is about to be emptied, the employees moving to the President’s Choice office park on McRae Avenue between Bushtukah and Trailhead. In its place, the developer is seeking approval for a 20ish storey apartment tower. It will be a slab building facing the CentreTown Place building of a previous generation on the opposite side of Slater.
That still leaves lots of undeveloped land in the core, a lot of it on the west side of Lyon Street.
And of considerable public interest, where might a new Library go.
More on that next.