Developer mixes hotel, apartment units in 24-storey tower proposed for Rideau Street

A Montreal developer is proposing to build a hotel and residential tower on the site of the former Beer Store on Rideau Street.

In an application recently filed with the city, Prince Developments says it wants to tear down the existing buildings at 207 and 213 Rideau St. and replace them with a 24-storey highrise that would include 208 hotel rooms and 76 residential units.

Renderings of the new building included in the development application feature the logo of AC Hotels, a brand owned by Marriott International. Prince Developments did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.

AC Hotel
A rendering of Prince Development's proposed hotel and apartment building on Rideau Street.

The building at 207 Rideau St. was occupied by a Beer Store that closed last October, while the two-storey structure next door at 213 Rideau St. is home to a restaurant, tattoo parlour and other commercial establishments. The space directly to the west of the former Beer Store at 201 Rideau St. is currently a surface parking lot and would become part of the new development’s footprint.

The hotel would occupy the first 16 floors of the new highrise, with residential units on the remaining eight. The proposal calls for four levels of underground parking for 121 vehicles, including 115 spaces reserved for hotel guests. A three-storey podium would house the hotel’s bar and lounge as well as other amenities such as a pool and gym.

According to the site plan, the property is already zoned for mixed-use purposes that allow for hotel and residential units.

Prince Developments currently owns two properties in downtown Ottawa, a University of Ottawa residence building at 240 Friel St. and the Extended Stay Canada lodging at 141 Cooper St.