Originally Posted by reidjr
Only in ottawa would people get worked up over a 8 story building.
you should get around more Reid, this does not only happen in Ottawa.
Anyway, some thoughts on the details of the building:
- why would fewer than 110 units need 150 parking spaces?
- this seems like an ideal location for a "Vancouver style" taller point-tower on a street-fronting townhouse base instead of a single T-shaped 8-storey block, which sounds like it would be quite massive on that very confined old streetscape.
- I've said it before, but is there any lot in this city that Claridge isn't trying to develop (before they make much of any progress towards finishing their sections of Beirut
- If this is the scale of development that goes into this little residential island-in-the-arterials (with several other potential development sites apparent), have the brilliant traffic engineers at the City ever given any consideration to how all of these potential residents will get in and out in the future? e.g. walk to the market? given their actions on crossings of King Edward, etc.
UPDATE: Kathleen Petty interviewed Councillor Fleury and a member of the Community Association:
- turns out the proposal has changed to 5-storeys, but sounds like it would be more massive than the 8-storey block would have been (no surprise there)
- Councillor Fleury is estranged from his dad who works for Claridge, which, IMHO, puts the good Councillor in a tough spot, since he can't be engaged on any
development in the City (where every
development is a Claridge development), all because of a non-existant relationship some guy who happened to sire him. In the meantime, his family's dirty laundry gets aired around fora like this by jerks like me ;-)