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waterloowarrior
May 13, 2008, 4:03 PM
This is a 40 unit residential / ground floor commercial building proposed at the NW corner of Richmond and Woodroffe (http://apps104.ottawa.ca/emap/?emapver=lite&LAT=45.377678&LON=-75.775504&featname=108+Woodroffe+Avenue&lang=en)

Development app page (http://app01.ottawa.ca/postingplans/appDetails.jsf?lang=en&appId=__68HGZF)

http://wwuploads.googlepages.com/rich_wood_siteplan.jpg

harls
May 13, 2008, 6:16 PM
I think there's a convenience store there right now (right flush with the corner).

waterloowarrior
May 13, 2008, 6:21 PM
yeah, it's a Pronto' Food Marts, you can see the outline on the site plan

waterloowarrior
Jun 3, 2008, 11:20 PM
from Alex Cullen's ward meeting minutes

Woodroffe North Community Association – Dave Grosvenor
Dave provided some details on the new building being proposed for the corner of Richmond Road and Woodroffe. This will be a 7 story building, mostly condominiums, with commercial facilities (most likely retail stores) at ground level.

Although this exceeds the Community Design Plan for this site, it does satisfy the existing zoning. The community association has met with the developer and is satisfied that the building is appropriate for the site and is well designed. They are concerned, however, that stores at ground level may create traffic issues if people stop on Woodroffe to run in to the store. Councillor Cullen noted that this area will be designated a no stopping zone, so this is not likely to be an issue.

Mille Sabords
Jun 4, 2008, 1:27 PM
They are concerned, however, that stores at ground level may create traffic issues if people stop on Woodroffe to run in to the store. Councillor Cullen noted that this area will be designated a no stopping zone, so this is not likely to be an issue.

At least we get the building, its density and its form, to define that corner. But the one little detail that would have added the extra little pinch of urbanity, the toehold from which to extend a pedestrianized environment, I guess will have to wait.

It is precisely when traffic is slowed by street-level activity in mixed-use buildings that an area becomes more pedestrian-friendly.

Ryersonian
Jun 4, 2008, 1:45 PM
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At least we get the building, its density and its form, to define that corner. But the one little detail that would have added the extra little pinch of urbanity, the toehold from which to extend a pedestrianized environment, I guess will have to wait.

It is precisely when traffic is slowed by street-level activity in mixed-use buildings that an area becomes more pedestrian-friendly.

Does anybody live around there that can comment from experience?

clynnog
Jun 4, 2008, 2:49 PM
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At least we get the building, its density and its form, to define that corner. But the one little detail that would have added the extra little pinch of urbanity, the toehold from which to extend a pedestrianized environment, I guess will have to wait.

It is precisely when traffic is slowed by street-level activity in mixed-use buildings that an area becomes more pedestrian-friendly.

Well said Mille....unfortunately, you are a rarity in this city...you walk the walk and talk the talk, but most people want to get in their cars and drive everywhere and don't want to be slowed down by urbanity.

Going to public meetings is a real refresher course in learning what the average Tim Horton's drinking Ottawan really feels is important. Most want clearly defined areas that are exclusively residential (preferably all of the type that they live in or better) and they don't want any traffic, noise, late night activity. Yet they want 1st class hospitals and other social benefits (as long as they don't have to pay more for them).....I digress as I am going off on a tangent....

Jamaican-Phoenix
Jun 4, 2008, 3:18 PM
Well said Mille....unfortunately, you are a rarity in this city...you walk the walk and talk the talk, but most people want to get in their cars and drive everywhere and don't want to be slowed down by urbanity.

I don't know about you, but I love walking. I constantly go on my own personal tours of urban Ottawa. It's good exercise, and helps me feel more of a connection with my city and the people in it. Also, I will always run into at least one person I know on a street somewhere whether it's Chinatown, Centretown, the Glebe, or the Market...

Ryersonian
Jun 4, 2008, 4:13 PM
I don't know about you, but I love walking. I constantly go on my own personal tours of urban Ottawa. It's good exercise, and helps me feel more of a connection with my city and the people in it. Also, I will always run into at least one person I know on a street somewhere whether it's Chinatown, Centretown, the Glebe, or the Market...

Remember everybody....all of us are on this forum for a reason...we are not the Ottawa 'NORM' by any means and we are like minded.

I've lived here since about Grade 8, with two Universtiy stints in Halifax and Toronto...one bigger...one smaller...It's easy for me to identify huge differences with other cities...Case in point is that my closest friends from High School LOVE living in Barrhaven, Metcalfe and Riverside South now; I only see them when they come to visit and all they do is complain about parking on my street...:)

We are the minority...

Mille Sabords
Jun 4, 2008, 5:56 PM
I hear what you guys are saying and we are a minority, right now. But remember too that "we" were freakshows 10-15 years ago, and non-existent 30 years ago. Personally, I think we'd be surprised by how large a minority we are.

I read in the paper the other day that Jane Jacobs had written a new foreword to Death and Life some 25 years later where she said, "There's foot people and there's car people. Car people consider losing their cars as losing their legs. Foot people understand right away all we say about fine-grained mixed uses at street level."

There's something there to be applied to a sprawling metro area like our which still has a large enough walkable core. We need planning standards for the "pedestrian city" and planning standards for the "car city".

I don't want to waste anyone's time, and antagonize happy suburbanites, trying to force Barrhaven into looking like Sandy Hill. (I do want people who live in Barrhaven to pay their fair share of what it costs everone to have people live there and like that).

But I also don't want car people to have a say on how the pedestrian city looks and works. Those who are happy with their cars, are well served in the car city. If they drive into the pedestrian city they'll just have to put up with traffic, street parking, chaos, etc.

The population of the pedestrian city is indeed a minority but a large one. The pedestrian city must be made to function for people on foot. It's no use pretending that there can be a happy marriage between cars and pedestrians in things like regional arterial design and shopping mall parking.

:2cents:

sumo
Jun 4, 2008, 6:23 PM
You would need to do a lot of walking to rid yourself of that weekly dose of KFC toonie specials across the street.

Bucolic Urbanity
Jun 4, 2008, 6:25 PM
You would need to do a lot of walking to rid yourself of that weekly dose of KFC toonie specials across the street.

I've been at the KFC for the $2 special of deep fried squirrel meat....great for the 1st few bites and then you wonder what the hell is this stuff I'm eating.

BTW..there is a great West Indian lunch counter place in the west end of that mall to the west...Mugena is what it is called....good home cooked food, but not the quickest service.....they are definately on island time, mahn.

Bucolic Urbanity
Jun 4, 2008, 6:35 PM
I don't want to waste anyone's time, and antagonize happy suburbanites, trying to force Barrhaven into looking like Sandy Hill. (I do want people who live in Barrhaven to pay their fair share of what it costs everone to have people live there and like that).


Trying to convince suburbanites that they don't pay their fair share of the overall costs is a very noble cause, but a real hard sell. Believe me, I've tried to explain it to people that SFR's just ain't paying their fair whack....

Last night, I was at a meeting held outside the greenbelt (actually east of the serviced area) and the people there were adament that the property in question was not in the 'village' proper (technically there is no such 'village', but a secondary plan giving planning policies to a former village) despite my back up that the property in question was covered by the village policies. These same people were also adament that they were not part of the 'City of Ottawa'. I was tempted to remind them of their status within the City proper, but thought better of it.

People thinking for the greater common good and realizing that urbanity and mixed use developments are a plus appear to be a minority.

sumo
Jun 4, 2008, 6:37 PM
I've been at the KFC for the $2 special of deep fried squirrel meat....great for the 1st few bites and then you wonder what the hell is this stuff I'm eating.

BTW..there is a great West Indian lunch counter place in the west end of that mall to the west...Mugena is what it is called....good home cooked food, but not the quickest service.....they are definately on island time, mahn.

I love their rotis there. I tried the goat recently and it was excellent. They do operate on island time there fah shure.

I don't know how often I would buy flags or stained glass supplies though.

Could that strip mall be next in line for development? If so, we may lose those tasty but too-aromatic-for-condos restaurant anchors.

Mille Sabords
Jun 4, 2008, 6:48 PM
I love their rotis there. I tried the goat recently and it was excellent. They do operate on island time there fah shure.

I don't know how often I would buy flags or stained glass supplies though.

Could that strip mall be next in line for development? If so, we may lose those tasty but too-aromatic-for-condos restaurant anchors.

:offtopic:
I have to confess to a life-long affliction for KFC (especially the crispy type, whenever they bother making it). And I'm a big fan of roti - Groovy's Roti Hut on McArthur Ave. has the best in my book but I haven't tried that one you mention - thx for the tip.

Island time - remember that commercial? Jamaican lady waiting for a bus and when it finally arrives she gives the driver sh*t... "You're fohty-tree seconds late!" I am not late! "Yes you are late and now I am late!" (I can't remember what the ad was for though)

clynnog
Jun 4, 2008, 7:08 PM
:offtopic:
Island time - remember that commercial? Jamaican lady waiting for a bus and when it finally arrives she gives the driver sh*t... "You're fohty-tree seconds late!" I am not late! "Yes you are late and now I am late!" (I can't remember what the ad was for though)

I don't remember the commercial but my next door neighbour is from TT and believe me time has no meaning for him. He gave me the recommendation about Mugena.

Regarding K-fry...I can only stomach the chicken...the french fries, cole slaw, day glo salad stuff is truly scary.

sumo
Jun 4, 2008, 7:10 PM
:offtopic:
I have to confess to a life-long affliction for KFC (especially the crispy type, whenever they bother making it). And I'm a big fan of roti - Groovy's Roti Hut on McArthur Ave. has the best in my book but I haven't tried that one you mention - thx for the tip.

Island time - remember that commercial? Jamaican lady waiting for a bus and when it finally arrives she gives the driver sh*t... "You're fohty-tree seconds late!" I am not late! "Yes you are late and now I am late!" (I can't remember what the ad was for though)

Malibu Rum:

Oh, mon, it's total gridlock!
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca-HZ7qiR0I)

It's kinda on-topic... :haha:

Jamaican-Phoenix
Jun 4, 2008, 7:27 PM
I've been at the KFC for the $2 special of deep fried squirrel meat....great for the 1st few bites and then you wonder what the hell is this stuff I'm eating.

BTW..there is a great West Indian lunch counter place in the west end of that mall to the west...Mugena is what it is called....good home cooked food, but not the quickest service.....they are definately on island time, mahn.

You are the first person I've seen on the internet that used the term "island time"... :lmao:

Jamaican-Phoenix
Jun 4, 2008, 7:29 PM
:offtopic:
I have to confess to a life-long affliction for KFC (especially the crispy type, whenever they bother making it). And I'm a big fan of roti - Groovy's Roti Hut on McArthur Ave. has the best in my book but I haven't tried that one you mention - thx for the tip.

Island time - remember that commercial? Jamaican lady waiting for a bus and when it finally arrives she gives the driver sh*t... "You're fohty-tree seconds late!" I am not late! "Yes you are late and now I am late!" (I can't remember what the ad was for though)

That ad was for Malibu Bajan Rum, mon... :haha: :P

waterloowarrior
Nov 8, 2008, 7:02 PM
http://wwuploads.googlepages.com/richwood_mslive.jpg

blackjagger
Feb 2, 2012, 2:07 PM
Back from the dead and twice as tall. Lots of retail at grade and a good use of the site. Overall I really like this proposal, it could be a strong gateway tower.

http://app01.ottawa.ca/postingplans/appDetails.jsf?lang=en&appId=__81YKCN

Cheers,
Josh

Proof Sheet
Feb 2, 2012, 2:39 PM
Back from the dead and twice as tall. Lots of retail at grade and a good use of the site. Overall I really like this proposal, it could be a strong gateway tower.

http://app01.ottawa.ca/postingplans/appDetails.jsf?lang=en&appId=__81YKCN

Cheers,
Josh

Thanks for the link...yes I thought that application had been abandoned. This may be a first in Ottawa with a UK based architect.

Kitchissippi
Feb 2, 2012, 3:44 PM
Nice! Finally stuff from other architects. I'm starting of get tired of too much "de stijl-nouveau" from the regulars lately.

McC
Feb 2, 2012, 3:46 PM
Reminds me of an update of the design language used for old Delta Hotels in the 70s (think Quebec City, and on University in Montreal, as well as in blander form on Queen St here), not a snark, I'm quite fond of Delta hotels.

Kitchissippi
Feb 2, 2012, 4:26 PM
Nice little bit of retail on the ground floor. I'm rooting for a cut-and-cover LRT tunnel on the Richmond/Byron corridor, and if there's a station entrance on the former KFC site across the street, this spot would make a great coffee shop rendezvous :)

McKellarDweller
Feb 2, 2012, 7:15 PM
Long-time lurker, first time poster here. (Hi!)

I've been watching and waiting on details of this proposal, and I'm very pleased with the concept proposed. I think the scale, multiple setbacks, and orientation of the building are perfect for the site and location. It will greatly enhance the view along Richmond Road for people travelling westbound (including me, on my daily commute). I'm greatly looking forward to the much needed redevelopment along the Richmond corridor between Cleary and the Carling/Richmond intersection in the next 2-10 years.

Luker
Feb 2, 2012, 7:37 PM
Welcome to the boards McKellarDweller. Great observations and first post. It's also nice to see that your located in the area and can provide a familiar and trusted voice on the subject to many of your NIMBY neighbours - no offence.

I also agree this building does a very good job of identifying and suiting its neighbourhood while maintaining a classy and contemporary look.

Moreover, the setbacks, cascading effect, curtain-wall, dark brown brick, glass balconies, and general style of architecture is refreshing from the standardized form we see around Ottawa; stucco, ugly balconies, and teal/green clad window-walled fittings as found on most local condos.

McKellarDweller
Feb 2, 2012, 8:28 PM
Thanks, Luker!
I've been working and/or living in Westboro and/or McKellar Pk. since '06 (I'm in my late 20s)...there are lots of whiny NIMBYs, for sure, but I think they are overrepresented just by how loud and whiny they are. I still force myself to read every word of Kitchissippi Times, but I nearly always end up wanting that hour of my life back!

Everyone I've talked to under 50 is pleased with the general direction Kitchisippi Ward is headed, and that's great for me, because I'm going to be here for life, and the people I agree with are the future of the neighbourhood.

waterloowarrior
Feb 2, 2012, 10:17 PM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7171/6808861459_2b9869d34b_b.jpg

S-Man
Feb 2, 2012, 11:54 PM
Strak contrast to the concrete rectangles and the later beige boxes.

waterloowarrior
Jun 19, 2012, 5:01 PM
recommended for approval - 14 fl, 47m, 292 units, 277 sq m commercial
http://ottawa.ca/calendar/ottawa/citycouncil/pec/2012/06-26/10%20-%20ACS2012-PAI-PGM-0159_Richmond%20Woodroffe.pdf

waterloowarrior
Jun 20, 2012, 2:29 AM
citizen article
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/Planned+storey+building+would+improve+neighbourhood+city/6808942/story.html

updated renders
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/6808944.bin

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/6808943.bin?size=620x400s

J.OT13
Jun 20, 2012, 4:33 AM
Still pretty cool, but I think I prefered the redish-brown colour.

McC
Jun 20, 2012, 2:00 PM
no kidding, the west end already has more than its share of grey apartment towers!

kevinbottawa
Jun 20, 2012, 5:23 PM
I actually prefer the grey. The brown/reddish brick looks old (not in a good way) in my opinion.

gjhall
Jun 20, 2012, 6:19 PM
I actually prefer the grey. The brown/reddish brick looks old (not in a good way) in my opinion.

Agreed.

McC
Jun 20, 2012, 6:30 PM
Agreed.

can't tell the material, but if it's just bare concrete, cast your imaginations forward ten years... unless they've radically changed the concrete mixture (and application technique), grey concrete buildings do not seem to age well in this town.

gjhall
Jun 20, 2012, 9:07 PM
can't tell the material, but if it's just bare concrete, cast your imaginations forward ten years... unless they've radically changed the concrete mixture (and application technique), grey concrete buildings do not seem to age well in this town.

Fair consideration, but brick facing is ick on day one for highrises, IMHO... just doesn't look right.

Davis137
Jun 20, 2012, 11:45 PM
BTW..there is a great West Indian lunch counter place in the west end of that mall to the west...Mugena is what it is called....good home cooked food, but not the quickest service.....they are definately on island time, mahn.

My wife and I used to get food from there all the time, and the staff are really genuine people. I remember when my wife was preggers with our first daughter, and she was craving carribean food, and I heard about this place. I got there just as they were locking the door for the evening, and was about to leave, when they asked what I was upto. I explained that my wife wanted some jerk or curry, and that I wished I had gotten there sooner. The owner let me come inside, and his wife still had some freshly cooked chicken that she prepared into meals to go for me. I told him I'd be back, and I did come back, at least 3 times in the next 2 months, and one of those times was with my mother-in-law. I highly reccomend Mugena, and most of the folks from the carribean and west africa will agree that they make some of the best carib food in the city.

kevinbottawa
Jun 21, 2012, 2:05 AM
My wife and I used to get food from there all the time, and the staff are really genuine people. I remember when my wife was preggers with our first daughter, and she was craving carribean food, and I heard about this place. I got there just as they were locking the door for the evening, and was about to leave, when they asked what I was upto. I explained that my wife wanted some jerk or curry, and that I wished I had gotten there sooner. The owner let me come inside, and his wife still had some freshly cooked chicken that she prepared into meals to go for me. I told him I'd be back, and I did come back, at least 3 times in the next 2 months, and one of those times was with my mother-in-law. I highly reccomend Mugena, and most of the folks from the carribean and west africa will agree that they make some of the best carib food in the city.

Thanks for the recommendation. My wife and I come from Barbadian (from Barbados) families and we've only found one good Caribbean place in this city over the past three years.

harls
Jun 21, 2012, 9:03 PM
I changed the thread description.

No awesome name for this building? Like.. Richwood Glen? Woodrich Gardens?

Davis137
Jun 21, 2012, 11:47 PM
Thanks for the recommendation. My wife and I come from Barbadian (from Barbados) families and we've only found one good Caribbean place in this city over the past three years.

My wife is from Haiti, but she enjoys food from just about all of the Carribean, especially Jamaican. Speaking of carib food, there was a place on Dalhousie that I had been to with her once or twice when we first started dating...forget what it's called, and not sure if it's still there, but it was tasty. Anyways, you shouldn't be disappointed in Mugena...

McC
Jun 22, 2012, 1:29 PM
It's Island Flava, we like it there: good goat roti! the owner is from Granada.

gjhall
Jun 22, 2012, 3:22 PM
It's Island Flava, we like it there: good goat roti! the owner is from Granada.

I've always wondered about that place. I'll have to check it out now. Thanks.

Nepean
Jun 27, 2012, 12:07 AM
Rezoning approved by Planning Committee:

http://twitter.com/ReevelyLive/status/217614369276706816

Marcus CLS
Aug 31, 2012, 1:13 AM
The house is gone and the store will soon follow.

S-Man
Aug 31, 2012, 1:27 AM
I remember driving past that store every Sunday as we went to church. The pointy one that backs onto the parkway. I remain ignorant to the aspects of most religions, but I don't care that the store is gone. You can tell when a building is past its prime, or even beyond saving.

Uhuniau
Aug 31, 2012, 3:45 AM
I remember driving past that store every Sunday as we went to church. The pointy one that backs onto the parkway. I remain ignorant to the aspects of most religions, but I don't care that the store is gone. You can tell when a building is past its prime, or even beyond saving.

Unfortunately, that little convenience store was kinda... convenient. Have refreshed myself there many times while waiting to change buses at that spot.

S-Man
Aug 31, 2012, 4:58 AM
Whoops, for a second I read you had "relieved yourself there" many times.

MountainView
Sep 8, 2012, 1:04 PM
They are in the process of tearing down the old Pronto Food Mart building this morning. Wish I could have gotten a picture for you guys but it was as I quickly drove by.
Anyone know when actual construction of the building is slated to begin?

McKellarDweller
Sep 11, 2012, 4:12 PM
The Pronto building is completely gone - just a pile of rubble and a backhoe on the site this morning.

J.OT13
Sep 11, 2012, 4:42 PM
I'm suprised they didn't keep the "Pronto" building as a sales centre.

Marcus CLS
Dec 13, 2012, 12:04 AM
Signage is up and sales centre is getting prepared.

"THE AZURE"

Register at www.theazure.ca

rocketphish
Dec 13, 2012, 6:38 PM
Renderings:

http://farm9.static.flickr.com/8350/8247436685_10905f150d_b.jpg
http://farm9.static.flickr.com/8484/8247436815_23944a2019_b.jpg
http://farm9.static.flickr.com/8059/8247436751_6c75cd0e80_b.jpg

McKellarDweller
Dec 13, 2012, 9:20 PM
Thanks for the last two posts :previous:
:tup:
I'm loving this more every time I see new renders/info.

AuxTown
Dec 14, 2012, 5:26 AM
Stylish designs, gorgeous views. If this is well-executed, it could be my favourite new project in Ottawa.

J.OT13
Dec 14, 2012, 1:53 PM
A few months ago, I was sad too see the brown brick go; but this looks fine'. The project realy is diffrent from everything else we've seen.

Harley613
Dec 14, 2012, 5:13 PM
This is really sharp. If they actually build that streetfront I hope it starts a trend in Ottawa...it looks fantastic.

urbandreamer
Dec 25, 2012, 1:41 AM
Love it! Which is why it's this week's RenderPornStar (http://renderpornstar.com/) :)

rakerman
Apr 13, 2013, 8:56 PM
Azure ad in Saturday Ottawa Citizen

http://shopping.ottawacitizen.com/ROP/ads.aspx?advid=1777615

http://cdn.travidia.com/rop-ad/14562295

kevinbottawa
May 2, 2013, 7:48 PM
Going a world away to come back home

by Anita Murray May 2, 2013 in Homes

http://www.ottawacitizenstyle.com/wp-content/gallery/the-azure/112857-27.jpg

http://www.ottawacitizenstyle.com/wp-content/gallery/the-azure/112857-26.jpg

http://www.ottawacitizenstyle.com/wp-content/gallery/the-azure/azure-aerial.jpg

The past and the future, and the importance of a neighbourhood corner, all came into play when it was time to redevelop the site of a former Pronto store and century-old home at Woodroffe Avenue and Richmond Road.

For John Thomas, that was not to be taken lightly.

“You have to be responsible as a developer,” he says. “You’re a temporary owner of that location and what you build is there long term, so coming in and milking the site for all it’s worth and leaving, I think, does a disservice to the city, quite frankly.”

A lawyer by trade and new to the Ottawa development scene, the 43-year-old cut his teeth with some big players in the Middle East, including working with the crown prince in Abu Dhabi to develop a financial centre for the United Arab Emirates — “really nation-building stuff,” he says. “You get exposed to people from all around the world.”

So how did he end up here, launching a development company and taking on a condo project where there was once a corner store?

He’s merely coming full circle.

Born in India but raised in Ottawa, Thomas grew up around that Pronto store and went to church at Our Lady of Fatima across the street. So, for him, buying the property while on a visit home to see family was merely the lure to bring him back.

But his time away helps explain the international flavour to his flagship project, The Azure, which launches May 5.

The thoughtful building is designed by the London firm PLP Architecture, with which Thomas first worked in Abu Dhabi.

He brought them in as “a fresh set of eyes” and for their innovation. “They took a lot of time assessing the site. I told them what I wanted … they eventually came up with 17 design options.”

They finally settled on a 14-storey stepped building in brick, glass and metal that is layered to look more like a series of joined units so as to break down the scale of the building.

“People know that corner,” says Thomas.

“It was important to take that into consideration and build a building that could stand the test of time.”

Lead architect Karen Cook angled the building so that it faces the corner, creating an open plaza for pedestrians and maximizing the views of the river. She then incorporated shear wall construction — vertical fins, she calls them — for a distinctive look that leaves inside spaces free of columns and flexible enough for units 25 feet wide that span the length of the building, like a “bungalow in the sky,” says Thomas.

About half of the units are the full depth of the building, something “we worked quite hard to accomplish,” says Cook. It’s more expensive to build this way, she admits, but notes that Thomas “really supported the idea of using architectural design to add something new to the marketplace … (It) seemed like such a fantastic way of living, so that you can have your bedrooms facing east and getting the morning sunlight and then your living rooms facing the sunset and the river.”

The height of the building gradually drops toward the homes behind to better integrate with the neighbourhood and to create multiple private terraces on upper units.

“If you can imagine, you have a two-bedroom that’s 1,400 square feet; you have these double doors opening up from your kitchen or your dining area out to the 1,200-square-foot terrace that looks over the river,” Thomas says.

While that sounds like it would have a big price tag attached, “you might be surprised,” he says.

He tells the story of getting a haircut in Westboro and finding out the hairdresser lived in Aylmer because she couldn’t afford to live near work.

“That sort of stuck,” he says.

“We want to make a project that people will want to live in and can afford to live in.”

As a result, there are 57 one-bedroom units that range from $265,000 to $500,000 for 685 to 1,000 square feet. There are also 30 two-bedroom units, two penthouses and four two-bedroom units with terraces that are 1,000 square feet or more.

In keeping with the international flavour, Ottawa designer Tanya Collins created three collections for the decor: London Classic, New York Deco and Paris Moderne. Her aim was to use “classic elements that never really date or are never too trendy, but in the way you put them all together you can make it look more modern or less modern.”

Taking finishes such as Carrera marble and varying shades of hardwood, which are standard, she has created distinct looks that show the attention to detail.

Also key is a focus on maximizing storage and creative floor plans borrowed from overseas that allow for flexibility in the living space.

Both Thomas and Collins, for example, tout the benefits of a main bathroom that can be split to provide a powder room for guests while keeping personal bathroom space private.

And to remember the past, designs have been created to incorporate old-growth lumber beams and the stone foundation from the old home on the site, along with wood salvaged from the store, into features of the lobby.

“I think when you walk in the building you should feel that you’re part of history to a certain extent,” says Thomas.

“It’s old and new; there’s a heritage to this corner.”

http://www.ottawacitizenstyle.com/category/homes/going-a-world-away-to-come-back-home/

Harley613
May 2, 2013, 10:10 PM
This building looks really impressive and seems to have more thought put into it's design than any other ongoing project. I hope it is really successful and draws more creativity and individuality to future condo projects in O-town.

citydwlr
May 3, 2013, 12:10 AM
This building looks really impressive and seems to have more thought put into it's design than any other ongoing project. I hope it is really successful and draws more creativity and individuality to future condo projects in O-town.

I totally agree. I especially like the fact that the building was designed by an architecture firm outside of Ottawa (and Canada for that matter). Looking at PLP Architectures' portfolio, these guys are legit. Nice design thinking going on over there, for sure.

I'm looking forward to seeing what the developer plans on including in the retail component at street-level. Being an "international" building, and the fact that they have a "European café" in the model, hopefully it'll be something a little different. They should still make some space for a Pronto though...to replace the old one ;)

kevinbottawa
May 3, 2013, 1:08 AM
I like the fact that the developer has international experience and contacts, like this UK design firm, and is using them here. I mean, he worked with the crown prince in Abu Dhabi?! Pretty impressive resume. And he's doing some different things with his units. It seems as though he sees building as an art and not just as a way to make money by putting up crap. I hope this challenges Ottawa developers to innovate and use new architects.

On a side note, it's interesting that he's born in India. A lot of developers in this city are from India. Not that that's bad. Just an observation.

bartlebooth
May 3, 2013, 2:02 AM
And he's doing some different things with his units. It seems as though he sees building as an art and not just as a way to make money by putting up crap. I hope this challenges Ottawa developers to innovate and use new architects.

I agree. I respect that he values what architects and good design can bring to both the city and the people that will eventually live in this building even if it costs him a bit more money. Apartments that are the full width of the building with windows on two sides (in more units then just the penthouse) is a good step forward for taller buildings in Ottawa. I think we have seen recently that more competition amongst developers and architects (around Preston for example) breeds more innovation and a willingness to push things a bit more in terms of design.

kevinbottawa
May 3, 2013, 1:31 PM
On the Canadian City Proposals thread on the Canada Forum, someone had this response to this development:

After visiting Ottawa this past March what struck me is the overall standard in buildings in that city. It's definitely a step up from what one sees elsewhere. Maybe its due to Ottawa's wealth and it being the national capital, but there seems to be more attention to details, quality materials, colour choices, beauty, etc.

You see brick where one expects to see vinyl siding, nicer pavement, even their bus shelters were nicer than the usual concrete bunker one gets elsewhere.

Interesting observation.

ac888yow
May 3, 2013, 2:23 PM
About half of the units are the full depth of the building, something “we worked quite hard to accomplish,” says Cook. It’s more expensive to build this way, she admits, but notes that Thomas “really supported the idea of using architectural design to add something new to the marketplace … (It) seemed like such a fantastic way of living, so that you can have your bedrooms facing east and getting the morning sunlight and then your living rooms facing the sunset and the river.”If I were in the condo market right now this would be a key distinguishing feature. This is a fairly typical feature of higher-end condos/apartments in Europe and it's about time the concept made its way over.

J.OT13
May 3, 2013, 2:42 PM
On the Canadian City Proposals thread on the Canada Forum, someone had this response to this development:

After visiting Ottawa this past March what struck me is the overall standard in buildings in that city. It's definitely a step up from what one sees elsewhere. Maybe its due to Ottawa's wealth and it being the national capital, but there seems to be more attention to details, quality materials, colour choices, beauty, etc.

You see brick where one expects to see vinyl siding, nicer pavement, even their bus shelters were nicer than the usual concrete bunker one gets elsewhere.

Interesting observation.

That's not right. Where was this guy from?

Random related though, I don't remember where I saw this comment, but a few years ago, someone in a newspaper said something about Ottawa and its ivory towers.

I guess grass is always greener on the other side; when you live in one place for 10-20-80 years, you get bored and it starts looking pretty banal. But when you walk around as a tourist, you see everything with a fresh point of view.

JackBauer24
May 7, 2013, 4:26 PM
Random related though, I don't remember where I saw this comment, but a few years ago, someone in a newspaper said something about Ottawa and its ivory towers.

I guess grass is always greener on the other side; when you live in one place for 10-20-80 years, you get bored and it starts looking pretty banal. But when you walk around as a tourist, you see everything with a fresh point of view.[/QUOTE]

I agree, being born and raised in Ottawa you take for granted some of the nicer things in this city - the green space we have downtown, the Parliament buildings, the canal, etc... I'm guilty of taking it for granted, but I'm reminded of it when a friend/family member from out of town visits. Ottawa is an underrated beautiful city.

brentgaulois
May 28, 2013, 9:19 PM
The guy who built the models for the Rhombus, Azure, The Next, and Hōm commented on the photos I took of the models, and I messaged him a bit.

His name is Noel White, and he creates architectural models for developers from its location in Smith Falls, and his company is called Monolith Architectural Models (http://www.monolitham.com/) (Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Monolith-Architectural-Models/116787688379296?fref=ts).

I wanted to share some of his Flickr photos of his buildings.

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2868/8868752633_ae93cc201d_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/monolitham/8868752633/)
Azure (http://www.flickr.com/photos/monolitham/8868752633/) by Monolitham (http://www.flickr.com/photos/monolitham/) on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7446/8868745003_6ea26cc32e_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/monolitham/8868745003/in/photostream/)
Azure (http://www.flickr.com/photos/monolitham/8868745003/in/photostream/) by Monolitham (http://www.flickr.com/photos/monolitham/) on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8125/8869351190_1f043cf357_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/monolitham/8869351190/in/photostream/)
Azure (http://www.flickr.com/photos/monolitham/8869351190/in/photostream/) by Monolitham (http://www.flickr.com/photos/monolitham/) on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7318/8869349688_ba91f9211d_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/monolitham/8869349688/in/photostream/)
Azure (http://www.flickr.com/photos/monolitham/8869349688/in/photostream/) by Monolitham (http://www.flickr.com/photos/monolitham/) on Flickr

canabiz
May 2, 2014, 12:28 AM
Some more info about this building in the Citizen today. Construction is slated to start this summer and occupancy to start in December 2015. I guess sales has been good. I do like the location, close to the Parkway and Westboro and not that far off from the 417 (Woodroffe or Greenbank exits)

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/homes/Condo+Scene+John+Thomas+brings+international+design+flair+flagship+tower+Azure/9795895/story.html

1overcosc
May 2, 2014, 12:09 PM
Some more info about this building in the Citizen today. Construction is slated to start this summer and occupancy to start in December 2015. I guess sales has been good. I do like the location, close to the Parkway and Westboro and not that far off from the 417 (Woodroffe or Greenbank exits)

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/homes/Condo+Scene+John+Thomas+brings+international+design+flair+flagship+tower+Azure/9795895/story.html

Not to mention the proximity to the future New Orchard Station on the west LRT extension.

MilesDavis
May 2, 2014, 1:46 PM
Construction is slated to start this summer and occupancy to start in December 2015. I guess sales has been good.

The website shows only about 30% sold. Be surprised if it starts with sales that low.

JackBauer24
May 2, 2014, 3:00 PM
I like the project a lot, I love the floor plan designs and the interiors finishes. The location I'm not crazy about from a pedestrians stand-point, but in terms of accessibility for driving, it's a great spot.

But if the site is only at 30% sales, they basically have to double their total sales in the next few months to make a Dec. 2015 occupancy. Seems very unlikely to me.

Some more info about this building in the Citizen today. Construction is slated to start this summer and occupancy to start in December 2015. I guess sales has been good. I do like the location, close to the Parkway and Westboro and not that far off from the 417 (Woodroffe or Greenbank exits)

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/homes/Condo+Scene+John+Thomas+brings+international+design+flair+flagship+tower+Azure/9795895/story.html

Urbanarchit
Dec 23, 2014, 4:37 AM
Construction set to begin Spring 2015.

cityguy
May 18, 2015, 12:11 PM
Still no sign of construction starting and spring is almost over.

cr872190
May 18, 2015, 1:17 PM
Still no sign of construction starting and spring is almost over.

They are 45% sold, considering most of the units sold are larger/more expensive, I would imagine financing is not the problem.

cr872190
Sep 8, 2015, 6:24 PM
So my parents are looking to downsize and are very interested in this development, so much so they have picked a unit and had several conversations with the developer; and are now in the process of dealing with finances. They have asked for my opinion on the development, and while I agree that it is a good location, great design, and very good value, there is always a risk with a new builder.

They had planned on starting Spring construction, a deadline they missed, and according to the developer are in the process of securing a contractor. I have attempted to reach out to the permits department at the City to get confirmation that everything is in order but have so far heard nothing. I cannot find the company registered under the Tarion warranty (although I assume they legally have to be) and I am getting concerned this all seems a little risky. Does anyone here with experience on condos get the same sort of vibe from this development? Is there any resources I can use to verify the builder? I really want to tell my parents to hold off on giving any money to them until construction has started but they have been offered a discount for giving their deposit before construction starts.

canabiz
Sep 9, 2015, 3:17 AM
So my parents are looking to downsize and are very interested in this development, so much so they have picked a unit and had several conversations with the developer; and are now in the process of dealing with finances. They have asked for my opinion on the development, and while I agree that it is a good location, great design, and very good value, there is always a risk with a new builder.

They had planned on starting Spring construction, a deadline they missed, and according to the developer are in the process of securing a contractor. I have attempted to reach out to the permits department at the City to get confirmation that everything is in order but have so far heard nothing. I cannot find the company registered under the Tarion warranty (although I assume they legally have to be) and I am getting concerned this all seems a little risky. Does anyone here with experience on condos get the same sort of vibe from this development? Is there any resources I can use to verify the builder? I really want to tell my parents to hold off on giving any money to them until construction has started but they have been offered a discount for giving their deposit before construction starts.

I think your concern is very legitimate and you are doing a very honourable thing for your parents.

According to this article, it is illegal (in Ontario) for a homebuilder to enter into an agreement of purchase and sale or a construction contract with a purchaser if the builder is not registered with the Tarion Warranty Corp.

http://www.thestar.com/life/homes/2011/07/08/aaron_tarion_registration_is_not_an_option_for_homebuilders.html

I suggest you call Tarion to confirm that these guys are registered and there is no past complaint about them). I don't know if they have any prior projects but if you are able to do some research on that, it would go a long way.

Their Twitter feed has been quiet for more than 2 months. I understand it is the summer and people may not be as social media savvy as they should be but not getting a good vibe is probably the best thing you summed up.

Also, FYI, Tarion can only protect up to $20K deposit for condos (more for freehold). You may want to read this article to get a sense of the potential issues that may arise. I think the author's advice of hiring an experienced real estate lawyer who specializes in condo law is sound.

http://blog.fct.ca/deposit-protection-for-condominiums/

Good luck to your parents and keep us posted what you discover.

canabiz
Nov 14, 2015, 5:28 PM
I drove by this development earlier today and saw a commercial sign either for sale or for lease, I couldn't catch the whole thing.

I remember the name of the broker is Ian Zagerman or something along that line.

Marcus CLS
Nov 16, 2015, 11:57 PM
The sign is for leasing the proposed ground floor retail for the condo.

cr872190
Apr 4, 2016, 1:19 PM
So I am assuming this project is cancelled?

My parents backed out from buying one of these, and I remember his outside occupancy date was November 2017 and he needed a minimum of 18 months to build. Does that mean existing buyers can start backing out now?

canabiz
Apr 4, 2016, 1:38 PM
So I am assuming this project is cancelled?

My parents backed out from buying one of these, and I remember his outside occupancy date was November 2017 and he needed a minimum of 18 months to build. Does that mean existing buyers can start backing out now?

Did the builder say anything when your folks backed out of this? I drove by this site every now and again and the signs are still there but there does not seem to be any kind of construction activity whatsoever.

I don't know who the builder/project manager are for this project and what their track record is but I don't see how it can be completed by November 2017

cr872190
Apr 4, 2016, 1:49 PM
Did the builder say anything when your folks backed out of this? I drove by this site every now and again and the signs are still there but there does not seem to be any kind of construction activity whatsoever.

I don't know who the builder/project manager are for this project and what their track record is but I don't see how it can be completed by November 2017

They were still in the 10 day cooling off period, so there wasn't much he could say.

It was a very strange situation that left me feeling like something wasn't quite right. By his own calculation the project was more than 50% sold and he was waiting for RBC to release the funds but needed a few more sales. But when we asked about units that had sold almost all of them were sold to his 'flooring guy' or one of his 'business partners' and that if we wanted that unit we could likely have it.

Its really a shame cause the concept is beautiful.

harls
Apr 4, 2016, 2:09 PM
Did the builder say anything when your folks backed out of this? I drove by this site every now and again and the signs are still there but there does not seem to be any kind of construction activity whatsoever.

I don't know who the builder/project manager are for this project and what their track record is but I don't see how it can be completed by November 2017

The signs also say that construction is starting in 2015, if I recall..

canabiz
Apr 4, 2016, 2:33 PM
They were still in the 10 day cooling off period, so there wasn't much he could say.

It was a very strange situation that left me feeling like something wasn't quite right. By his own calculation the project was more than 50% sold and he was waiting for RBC to release the funds but needed a few more sales. But when we asked about units that had sold almost all of them were sold to his 'flooring guy' or one of his 'business partners' and that if we wanted that unit we could likely have it.

Its really a shame cause the concept is beautiful.

I saw a number of red flags with what you described. It was a wise decision on your folks' part to back out. I would have done the same.

REALOTTAWA
Apr 5, 2016, 3:12 PM
The builder doesnt have the sales to move forward. I'm sure he will keep trying but it's kind of up in the air now.

cr872190
Sep 20, 2016, 3:37 PM
So is this dead? The Twitter and Facebook accounts haven't seen any activity in nearly a year. The onsite signs still say 2015 construction and are starting to look a bit dilapidated.

FutureWickedCity
Sep 22, 2016, 5:55 PM
Pity they tore down that old house at the corner of Woodroffe and Richmond. It was one of the few heritage buildings in that area. And now it will be an empty lot for God knows how long.

canabiz
Oct 5, 2016, 7:50 PM
So is this dead? The Twitter and Facebook accounts haven't seen any activity in nearly a year. The onsite signs still say 2015 construction and are starting to look a bit dilapidated.

Hope your folks got back what they put down and move along.

Doesn't look like this one will get off the ground anytime soon...and the new mortgage rules certainly don't help (not only this project but potentially others as well)

cr872190
Oct 5, 2016, 8:53 PM
Hope your folks got back what they put down and move along.

Doesn't look like this one will get off the ground anytime soon...and the new mortgage rules certainly don't help (not only this project but potentially others as well)

They bailed during the cooling off period. I just think it's a shame, this building was an architectural splendor compared to some of the crap Ottawa developers are regurgitating. I also noticed they have covered up the ' Construction starting 2015' part of the signs. Just says 'Coming soon' now.

cr872190
Feb 2, 2017, 7:34 PM
Looks like this project is dead. They are in the process of tearing out the sales centre. Kind of a shame, this was one of the few examples of interesting architecture in Ottawa.

https://s30.postimg.org/ftczpnwep/download.png

canabiz
Feb 11, 2017, 1:07 PM
Just bad timing all around (surplus of condos, tougher mortgage rules, stagnant economy etc).

Hope the developer bounce back, I vaguely remember reading an article talking about his background and he looks to be a fine fella.

11a2b3
Feb 11, 2017, 6:17 PM
Looks like this project is dead. They are in the process of tearing out the sales centre. Kind of a shame, this was one of the few examples of interesting architecture in Ottawa.

https://s30.postimg.org/ftczpnwep/download.png

That sucks, was looking forward to it being built.

sgera
Feb 12, 2017, 2:33 PM
From what I understand the builder could not get financing although having sold 50 to 60% of the building. Purchasers were offered a refund approximately six months ago and many of them took it in and redeployed in other projects closer to completion. The rest is history and this project is dead, I'll bet with phase 2 LRT Coming by 2023 i would imagine someone will pick up the land and make good use of it within the next five years

Hamada
Feb 23, 2017, 7:27 PM
I am just wondering why this project is canceled?

kdog
Feb 23, 2017, 9:41 PM
Read the previous post.

Hamada
Feb 23, 2017, 11:08 PM
so what will they do with the land?

Arcologist
Feb 27, 2017, 8:09 PM
Read the previous posts.

Hamada
Feb 28, 2017, 3:16 PM
I read the previous post but they don't say what they are going to do with empty land as sgera said someone will pick up the land and make good use of it within the next five years but I don't know if it will be commercial/residential building or something else? Time will tell.