Developer reduces height of proposed apartment building near Museum of Nature

Argyle Street development

A prominent Ottawa developer has significantly revised its plans for a residential highrise near the Canadian Museum of Nature, shrinking the proposed building from 21 storeys to 10.

In documents recently filed at City Hall, Colonnade BridgePort says it decided to dramatically reduce the height of the Argyle Avenue project it originally proposed back in 2018 after consulting with city planning and heritage staff, Somerset Coun. Catherine McKenney and local community representatives.

The property at 100 Argyle Ave. – located between Metcalfe and Elgin streets, north of Catherine Street and the Queensway – is directly adjacent to the Ottawa Police Service headquarters. It’s currently occupied by a surface parking lot and a historic two-and-a-half-storey office building that’s home to Coldwell Banker Rhodes & Co. and other businesses.

Colonnade BridgePort says the new building will include 99 apartment units and two levels of underground parking with space for 56 vehicles. 

Under the proposed development, the façade of the heritage building would be preserved. The property is currently zoned for a maximum height of 18.5 metres, and the builder is asking for the limit to be raised to 38 metres.

The surrounding area has seen several high-profile developments in recent years, including Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corp.’s Beaver Barracks project on Metcalfe Street and Lamb Development’s Soba Ottawa condo tower on Catherine Street.