Ashcroft Homes Convent Development Open House – January 10, 2018

8 12 2017

From the office of Councillor Jeff Leiper, Kitchissippi Ward:

Ashcroft Homes is proposing an adaptive re-use of Les Soeurs de la Visitation Convent at their 114 Richmond Rd site, which would see the building partially demolished and encapsulated in glass, combining heritage and modern elements. The refreshed convent would see office tenants and mixed commercial. We invite you to come and learn more about this proposed development during a community open house:

6:00-8:00pm

Van Lang Field House (29 Van Lang Pvt)

Information on the proposed development will be available from Ashcroft Homes, and City of Ottawa staff in both Heritage and Planning will be on hand to field additional questions regarding process. Of course, we are also interested in your feedback. Once the plans are available online, we will make sure to circulate them in the newsletter. We encourage you to send our office, as well as the planners, notes with your thoughts on the proposed development.

More info will be posted here once it’s available: https://kitchissippiward.ca/content/114-richmond-rd-ashcroft-homes-convent-development-open-house

 

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CBC.CA: New developer plans to partially demolish Westboro convent for commercial use

8 12 2017

New developer plans to partially demolish Westboro convent for commercial use

Ashcroft Homes to present plans to for 19th Century convent in January

Ashcroft Homes, which owns Les Soeurs de la Visitation Convent in Westboro, is proposing to renovate the site by partially demolishing it and building a glass enclosure to encase both modern and heritage elements.

Another pitched development battle is brewing in Westboro over a new proposal by Ashcroft Homes to partially demolish a 19th-century convent designated as a heritage building to make way for commercial uses.

Ashcroft’s “adaptive re-use” of Les Soeurs de la Visitation Convent will be encapsulated in glass and combine both heritage and modern elements, according to information posted on the website of Kitchissippi ward Coun. Jeff Leiper.

Ashcroft is proposing to modernize the stone building to attract commercial and office tenants.

The developer — along with City of Ottawa staff in both the planning and Heritage departments — will present more details in a public open house next month.

Expect a fight, says councillor

Leiper has warned Ashcroft to expect a fight from residents and from council.

“This is almost certain to generate a significant amount of community backlash. It will be difficult for me to support any modification to that building,” Leiper said.

The city made it clear to Ashcroft in 2010 that preserving the convent was one of the conditions it had to commit to when it was given permission to purchase the property, he said.

Kitchissippi residents will also demand Ashcroft keep its initial promise to use the 147 year-old building for community space, he said. When it was awarded the development rights to the two-hectare site, Ashcroft pitched council a vision to use the former monastery to hold neighborhood gatherings and art installations. Stores and office space were not part of the deal, Leiper said.

“There is a need for community facilities in the neighborhood,” Leiper said. “Ashcroft has a real challenge to convince the public to support the addition of more commercial space.”

The Kitchissippi councillor said there is already bad blood in the ward stemming from Ashcroft’s previous deviation from council-approved plans.

Ashcroft’s controversial redevelopment for the convent property was the subject of a three-day planning committee in 2010, where dozens of residents spoke against the plan. Ashcroft paid $12 million dollars for the property on Richmond Road at Island Park Drive.

 Ashcroft’s development on the convent lands is recognized around the city as the type of “main street development we don’t want,” Leiper said.

Leiper says Ashcroft’s development on Richmond Road, which dwarfs the convent behind it, is an example of what not to develop on a main street.

‘This place is sacred — like a church’

Ashcroft has not filed a formal land use application for the convent, according to city staff.

Glimpses of the structure built in the mid-1800s can be seen through the archways of an adjacent Ashcroft-developed glass condominium on Richmond Rd and Island Park Drive.

The stone building has sat empty for more than seven years. It is currently fenced off with its windows boarded up, and wooden support beams propping up some of its walls. Despite its state of disrepair, Marthe Ledoux, 77, said Ashcroft must keep its promise to the community to restore the building.

Westboro resident Marthe Ledoux questions the developer’s ability to attract commercial space to the site.

“This place is sacred, like a church,” Ledoux said. She has lived in Westboro for nearly two decades and resides across the street in another Ashcroft development on Richmond Road and said from the window of her modern condo, she sees half a dozen unrented retail storefronts surrounding the convent. She has doubts Ashcroft will be able to attract commercial interest in the site.

“Why would commercial space come here (to the convent) when they don’t come on the main street?” she asked.

Site needs sponsor, developer says

Ashcroft Homes president David Choo was unwilling to be interviewed, but in a brief email exchange he told the CBC restoring a large heritage site like the convent requires a “sponsor.”

“If heritage assets are to be preserved and that is what we are trying to do — then how can we achieve (this) given the enormous cost of such an undertaking…. The convent needs several millions to even begin to adapt and the question is who pays?”

Choo did not answer questions about how much his company has spent to preserve the building since purchasing it in 2010.

The public hearing for Ashcroft’s long-awaited proposal for the convent will take place Jan. 10 at Van Lang Field House at 6 p.m.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ashcroft-development-westboro-convent-plans-commercial-use-1.4438119

 





Ottawa Citizen: Leiper can’t convince planning committee to stop Byron triplex additions

12 10 2017

Leiper can’t convince planning committee to stop Byron triplex additions

Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper couldn’t convince colleagues to send a “strong message” to the local development industry on Tuesday by rejecting an application to allow fourth units in two triplexes on Byron Avenue.

Leiper effectively wanted the planning committee to force Peloso Construction to fight at the Ontario Municipal Board if the company wants additional units in both 266 and 270 Byron Ave.

“Send it back,” Leiper told councillors.

Leiper suggested the community was hoodwinked into believing these buildings would only have three units, since a fourth unit in each building was roughed in during construction.

The land-use requirements for the two triplexes were approved by the committee of adjustment in 2015. The current application requires approvals from the planning committee and council since it calls for a change in zoning to allow an additional unit in each building.

Murray Chown, the planning consultant representing Peloso, told the committee it’s “the most discreet form of intensification that planning committee and council can deal with.”

The four-unit buildings would complete the block since there are low-rise apartments nearby, Chown said.

Leiper said these kinds of applications “destroy” residents’ trust in the planning process.

Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley said Leiper was just asking the city to waste tax dollars by wanting the application to be the subject of an OMB hearing.

It would be difficult for the city to fight because its own planners support the rezoning application.

Leiper was on the losing end of the 8-1 vote to approve the application.

Council will vote Oct. 25.

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http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/leiper-cant-convince-planning-committee-to-stop-byron-triplex-additions





Rochester Field: Comments due by October 16, 2017

10 10 2017

Please see the attached poster (below) for additional information.

Now is your chance to tell the NCC and the City how you feel about mid/high rise development on Rochester Field.

Email comments by Oct 16 to:
City of Ottawa Planning or bruce.finlay@ottawa.ca
110 Laurier Ave W, 4th floor, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
613-580-2424 x 23463

Contact City Councillor Jeff Leiper:
Jeff.Leiper@ottawa.ca

@KitchissippiOtt

Contact Mayor Jim Watson:
Jim.Watson@ottawa.ca

@JimWatsonOtt

Speak at the Planning Meeting at City Hall:
Champlain Room, 110 Laurier Avenue W.
Nov 14, 9:30 AM
Contact Melody Duffenais to register
Melody.Duffenais@ottawa.ca
613-580-2424 x 23463

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1946 Scott Street: Site Plan Control Proposal and Minor Zoning By-law Amendment

1 10 2017

From the City of Ottawa:

This is the formal circulation of the planning application noted above. Below is a link to the application on the City’s Development Application Search Tool where you will find information about the application and all of the submitted plans, reports, surveys and accompanying documents you will need to review the application. Also attached is the application summary.

Link to the Site Plan Control Application on DevApps is here.

Link to the Zoning By-law Amendment Application on DevApps is here.

Please comment directly to the File Lead through the “Send comments to the file lead” link of DevApps.

Note that the deadline date for comments is October 25, 2017.





New Development Open House for 1946 Scott St.

15 08 2017

There is an open house for a proposed development at 1946 Scott St on Wednesday, August 30.

Surface Developments, who are also building the Parkdale Market Lofts project at 12 Hamilton, are proposing a mid-rise, 12 storey building comprised of roughly 70 units. This will be a transit oriented development that will feature a significant number of environmentally friendly features.

A rendering can be found here, and additional information from Surface is available here.

Details: The Open House is Wednesday, August 30, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Van Lang Field House (29 Van Lang Pvt).

Note that the application for this proposal has not yet been submitted to the city.





Province to replace Ontario Municipal Board with less powerful tribunal

17 05 2017

Province to replace Ontario Municipal Board with less powerful tribunal
Officials say the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal will replace the OMB
The Canadian Press Posted: May 16, 2017 10:02 AM ET Last Updated: May 16, 2017 10:02 AM ET

The province has announced major changes to how disputes between developers, residents and governments over planning and development issues are adjudicated in Ontario.

Government officials say the Ontario Municipal Board will be replaced by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, which will have less power.

Under new reforms, the tribunal will only make decisions on whether or not a municipality has followed its planning process and land use plans. If it hasn’t, the issue will be sent back to the municipality for reconsideration.

That will mean fewer municipal decisions can be overturned than under the current process, in which each dispute is treated as if it were new, disregarding the decision the local government has made.

The reforms also include giving information and support to residents who want to appeal a municipal decision.

Other changes include prohibiting appeals of municipalities’ development plans around major transit hubs.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/omb-changes-1.4117063








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