Builders propose mixed-use highrise for corner of O'Connor and Nepean streets

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A pair of prominent Ottawa construction and real estate firms are teaming up on a proposed Centretown highrise that would contain nearly 300 rental units.

In planning documents recently filed with the city, Glenview Homes and Taggart Realty Management say they want to build a 27-storey tower with a six-storey podium at the corner of O’Connor and Nepean streets. 

The plan calls for 295 apartments in a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom units and about 1,300 square feet of ground-floor retail space to be built on what is now a parking lot.

The proposal includes 202 underground parking spaces and 432 enclosed spots for bicycles. Citing the site’s proximity to O’Connor Street’s dedicated cycling lanes, the planning application says the builders expect that “many residents of the development will feel encouraged to make regular use of a bicycle as opposed to a vehicle.”

Noting that the pandemic has led to a “renewed call for amenities in the place where you live, both inside and outside of your dwelling unit,” the developers say the ground floor could house a variety of potential tenants. 

The list of proposed uses includes a cafe or commercial space, a co-working area, a makerspace, a dog wash station and a bicycle repair shop.

The application also says the top floor of the building will be devoted to an enclosed amenity space with four rooms “that can be tailored to meet the needs of residents” and are “adaptable over time.”

The project is a joint venture between the two developers. Taggart is slated to build the project, and Glenview will manage the property once construction is completed.

The developers are requesting a number of zoning amendments to accommodate reduced setbacks and a wider range of commercial uses for the property.