Ottawa architect plans luxury apartments for heritage Hintonburg property

One of Hintonburg’s oldest buildings could soon expand into condos, according to the architect who owns it.

Preliminary drawings show Ovidio Sbrissa’s plans to add five or six storeys of luxury condos to 1119 Wellington St. W, a heritage-designated stone house between Carruthers and Stirling avenues. The house was built in 1880 and designated in 1996.

Sbrissa said he wants to restore the heritage house for commercial use, and add about 21,000 square feet of luxury apartments around the side and back of the building. The units would range from 1,200 to 2,500 square feet each.

“We’re targeting people who want to replace their large home or semi-large home” but don’t want a micro-condo, he said.

The property’s traditional main street zoning limits building heights to 20 metres, and anything above 12 metres must be set back. Sbrissa’s plans jive with this, and he doesn’t expect he’ll need any amendments.

Still, Sbrissa expects to spend about three years completing the city’s “rigmarole,” which includes convincing the built heritage sub-committee of his heritage restoration plans.

Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper said he’ll be watching that issue closely.

“Obviously my expectation is that the heritage building is going to be treated sensitively,” Leiper said.

The community association declined to comment until Sbrissa submits a formal application, which Sbrissa said he plans to do in several months.

This story originally appeared in Metro News.