Ottawa developer cuts units, adds parking in revamped Sandy Hill apartment proposal

Blueprint

An Ottawa developer has reduced the number of units in a controversial apartment building proposed for Sandy Hill and added more parking after its original plan was appealed to the provincial Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.

TCU Development Corp. originally submitted a proposal last April for a nine-storey apartment building at 36 Robinson Ave., between the Rideau River and Lees Avenue. The 192-unit building, which was slated to have 53 parking spaces for residents rather than the required minimum of 81, was part of the developer’s plan to construct four buildings with a total of 328 rental units in the Robinson Village neighbourhood.

Council approved the plan at a meeting on Jan. 29 despite complaints from nearby residents that the new development would bring additional traffic to an area where there was already a parking crunch on surrounding streets. In early March, the bylaw amendment to approve the plan was appealed to the planning tribunal.

Under a revised plan recently submitted to City Hall, the developer has agreed to cut the number of suites in the nine-storey building to 153 and boost the number of parking spots for residents to 74 to comply with the city’s Official Plan.

The proposal also calls for a ground-floor gym and lounge as well as a common room on the ninth floor and a rooftop terrace.