City considers heritage designation for Trinity’s Gladstone development property

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Plans for Trinity Development Group's three-tower complex near the future Gladstone Station

The site of a proposed three-tower development atop a forthcoming LRT station might soon receive heritage status to ensure it’s preserved.

Ottawa’s heritage sub-committee has recommended the Standard Bread Company Bakery at 951 Gladstone Ave. be given a heritage designation to preserve elements of the structure first built in 1924. Planning committee will consider the issue on Jan. 23.

The building, which is currently home to the Enriched Bread Artists collective, is an example of a purpose-built 20th century industrial complex containing a few decorative elements.

The Hintonburg Community Association first requested that the city give the building heritage status in 2010. Though city staff were in agreement with the proposal, the heritage discussion was put on hold in anticipation of a redevelopment proposal, according to a report prepared for planning committee.

Now, Trinity Development Group and partners CLV Group and PBC Real Estate Advisors are looking to build three towers of 35, 33 and 30 storeys atop the site, which sites next to the north-south O-Train line and will be adjacent to a new Gladstone Station that’s part of the line’s upcoming expansion. Trinity previously said it would look to maintain elements of the existing building on the site in its final development.

Should planning committee approve the heritage designation, Trinity would have to comply with the Ontario Heritage Act and prepare a formal conservation plan as part of its application.