Bigger Brookfield Road student apartment development heads to planning committee

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Hobin Architecture's rendering of the proposed 770 Brookfield Rd. development.
Editor's Note

An earlier version of this story misidentified a road to the east of the proposed development. The story has been corrected to note the property is near the intersection of Brookfield Road and the Airport Parkway.

Councillors on the city’s planning committee will be asked this week to endorse a proposed 832-unit mixed-use building in the Hog’s Back/Confederation Heights neighbourhood aimed at Carleton University students.

Atlantis Investments and consultants Fotenn Planning + Design are proposing a six- and a nine-storey building for the property at 716 and 770 Brookfield Road, located between Riverside Drive and the Airport Parkway near Canada Post’s headquarters.

Each building would consist of two L-shaped sections, creating an outdoor amenity space in the centre of each building, according to a rezoning application seeking relaxed height limits and other changes that’s going before planning committee Thursday. The property will also have 18,300 square feet of commercial space.

A single level of underground parking would contain 339 parking stalls, with an additional 172 spots located in a surface lot.

The intersection of Riverside Drive and Brookfield Road is already close to exceeding capacity during morning and afternoon rush hours, city staff say in their report. However, they note that the Mooney’s Bay O-Train station – which is one stop away from Carleton University – is approximately 600 metres away from the proposed development, which will also be served by a new multi-use pathway that’s scheduled to be constructed this year and connect pedestrians and cyclists to the Rideau Canal paths.

The councillor for the area, Riley Brockington, is quoted in the staff report as saying that he expects the development to “be an overall good fit in the community.”

Developers have been proposing various plans for the property for more than 15 years. The city says a zoning bylaw amendment was approved in 2004 that would have allowed a nine-story mixed-use building with some 330 apartment units.

More recently, Montreal developer Redfoxco proposed in 2015 a development plan that would have included some 540 residential units.

The property last traded hands in August 2018, when the 6.09-acre property sold for $8.6 million – or approximately $1,414,474 per acre – according to real estate appraisal firm Juteau Johnson Comba.

“770 Brookfield Rd. represents one of the few remaining large-scale urban development land sites within the City of Ottawa’s urban boundary,” real estate brokerage firm Colliers International said in a flyer marketing the property.