Carling Avenue Travelodge redevelopment gets nod from Ottawa’s planning committee

Travelodge redevelopment

A hotel across from the Westgate Shopping Centre could be demolished to make way for five new residential buildings, containing 900 units, under a plan endorsed by a city committee this week.

Holloway Lodging has already demolished the eight-storey portion of the hotel and is looking to replace the remaining guest rooms and conference centre with a trio of towers facing Carling Avenue ranging in height from 20 to 22 storeys that contain some retail space at ground level. Additionally, the site owner is looking to construct two eight-storey buildings at the rear of the property.

The neighbourhood is set to undergo dramatic changes in the coming years, bringing hundreds of new residents to the area.

RioCan received approval last year to redevelop Westgate Shopping Centre to include several high-rise towers. Meanwhile, the owners of the Embassy West retirement home – which was formerly a hotel – have also been eying an expansion.

The rezoning of the Travelodge property still needs the approval of full city council on Wednesday. Municipal staff say the developer has expressed interest in commencing construction next spring.