Builder proposes 30-storey mixed-use tower near Westboro transit station

Scott Street proposal

An Ottawa developer has filed plans to build a 30-storey mixed-use tower in Westboro that would be home to more than 350 apartment units.

In an application recently submitted at City Hall, Surface Developments says the highrise at the corner of Scott Street and Winona Avenue would include roughly 2,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The proposal also calls for a total of 353 one apartment suites in a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom units.

The building, located just west of the Granite Curling Club, would be served by an underground garage featuring 204 parking spots and 292 spaces for bicycles.

Five buildings that currently occupy the site ​– a pair of one-storey commercial buildings at 2046 and 2050 Scott St., a three-storey apartment building at 295 Ashton Ave., a duplex at 299 Ashton Ave. and a detached home at 301 Ashton Ave. ​– would be demolished to make way for the new highrise.

The site is currently zoned for a maximum height of 18 metres, while the proposed tower has a height of 92 metres.

In the application, the developer argues the proposed building, which would be located less than 200 metres from the Westboro transit station, fits the character of the neighbourhood and would add more transit-oriented development to the area in keeping with the city’s stated goals.

The area is already home to several existing and under-construction high-rises, including the 31-storey Metropole condo building, the 24-storey second phase of Colonnade Bridgeport’s mixed-use development at Scott Street and McRae avenue as well as a proposed 26-storey project across the street at 320 McRae Ave.

The proposal “reflects the evolution of Scott Street from an auto-oriented, low-rise area to that of a mixed-use, transit supportive corridor with high density uses located closest to the transit station,” documents prepared by consultants Fotenn Planning + Design say.