No parking, no problem: Developer targets transit users with new Cyrville midrise

Cyrville Road midrise

In another sign of a growing trend toward transit-oriented development in the city’s east end, an Ottawa builder has unveiled plans for a mixed-use building between the St. Laurent and Cyrville LRT stations that would have enough parking for nearly 120 bicycles but just six spots for cars.

In recently filed planning documents, TCU Development Corp. is proposing a six-storey building at the southeast corner of Cyrville Road and Joseph Cyr Street, a few hundred metres east of the St. Laurent Shopping Centre. The properties at 1082 Cyrville Rd. and 1155 Joseph Cyr St. are currently occupied by a pair of detached dwellings. 

The midrise structure proposed for the triangular-shaped parcel of land would include 116 residential units in the basement and on the five upper floors and commercial space on the ground floor.

However, the plan is lacking one notable feature: somewhere for residents to park their cars. According to the development application, the six spots on the property will be reserved for visitors. 

The developer points out the site is located in “close proximity to many neighbourhood amenities,” including the shopping mall and a Food Basics store “within walking distance” on Cyrville Road north of Ogilvie Road.

The application also notes there are other large grocery stores in the area such as Farm Boy at the Trainyards Shopping Centre. “The site is well-served with respect to parks and community facilities being within walking distance of Ogilvie Park to the north, Ken Steele Park to the northeast and the Hydro Corridor Recreational Trail,” the developer adds.

The builder says the application meets the city’s goal of promoting new development within 600 metres of transit stations. TCU is asking the city to rezone the lands for transit-oriented development to allow for greater density on the site.

“As a high-density residential use, the development will promote the use of transit and increase housing options,” the application says. “The proposed development has been designed in a manner which will further support increased pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in the area.”

TCU isn’t the only developer with an eye on creating new residential projects in the Cyrville neighbourhood.

Earlier this year, a trio of builders unveiled an ambitious plan to construct three highrises and a hotel on a vacant 3.8-acre parcel of land south of Ogilvie Road and just east of Cyrville Road.

The proposal would see towers of 25, 27 and 36 storeys featuring a total of about 850 rental apartment units as well as an eight-storey hotel with 175 suites catering to extended-stay guests.

The three developers behind the project ​– Ottawa native Denis Archambault and the Quebec City-based father-and-son tandem of Pierre and Francois Moffet – hope to start construction next spring, with a targeted completion date in 2023.