John Howard Society plans new Ottawa HQ with affordable housing units above

A non-profit organization that promotes fair treatment for incarcerated Canadians and others involved in the justice system is working with a local construction firm to build a new head office on Carling Avenue that will include 40 affordable housing units on the floors above.

The John Howard Society of Ottawa is proposing a six-storey mixed-use building on the site of a city-owned parking lot at 289 Carling Ave. The city donated the land on the condition that it be used for affordable housing, and the John Howard Society was selected as the development partner after a bidding process. Local construction company PBC Group is the contractor.

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A rendering of the proposed development at 289 Carling Ave.

A two-storey podium will house the non-profit group’s headquarters, while a four-storey tower above will contain a mix of independent studio and one-bedroom affordable housing units. The third storey will also include programming space for JHS staff.

The proposed building would have 29 indoor parking spaces for vehicles as well as 24 spots for bicycles. The development complies with existing zoning bylaws.

The site plan application notes that although the project is just outside a 600-metre radius of the Carling LRT station, it is served by three bus routes on Carling Avenue as well as three routes on nearby Bronson Avenue.