With the first new homes at the former Canadian Forces Base Rockcliffe under construction and slated for occupancy later this year, another major homebuilder has secured a stake in the massive redevelopment project.
Mattamy Homes says it’s purchased four blocks of land totalling nearly 14 acres. The developer says it plans to construct 650 homes, consisting of rear-lane townhomes, stacked townhomes and a six-storey mid-rise on its property.
Other parts of the former airbase are being developed separately by Claridge Homes, Uniform Urban Developments and Tartan Homes.
“Our objective with this community will be to establish a new benchmark for ... architectural excellence in the heart of Ottawa,” Kevin O'Shea, Mattamy's division president for Ottawa, said in a statement.
CFB Rockcliffe officially closed in 2009 and was bought by the Canada Lands Co. two years later. The Crown corporation specializes in disposing of surplus federal land in a way that benefits the surrounding community.
The redevelopment project, dubbed Wateridge Village, consists of 310 acres of land located about five kilometres east of downtown Ottawa. In addition to homes for some 10,000 residents, plans call for retail and office space as well as new parks and recreation trails.
Earlier this year, CLC said Uniform had started to dig basement foundations for its homes and that the first residents were expected to move in by late 2017.
Meanwhile, CLC is starting to construct parks and infrastructure such as sewers, watermains and new roads.