Trinity files fresh plans for residential towers at Chapel and Rideau streets

Trinity Chapel street design

An Ottawa developer has revived a plan to build two mixed-use highrises at the former site of a Jewish community centre in Lowertown.

In planning documents filed with the city, Trinity Development Group says it is proposing to construct a pair of 25-storey condo towers with retail space on the ground floor at 151 and 153 Chapel St., near the corner of Rideau Street.

The developer pitched two highrises of 27 and 32 storeys in its original proposal back in 2014 but scaled back the plan after complaints about the buildings’ height. In early 2016, the city’s planning committee approved the revised proposal for two 25-storey highrises with a total of 586 residential units and nearly 75,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, but Trinity did not go through with the plan.

Now, the developer has submitted another revised site plan calling for a slightly new design that includes much less retail space and more residential suites.

Trinity’s latest proposal includes a total of 633 apartments and 9,200 square feet of retail space. The builder says the project would be completed in two phases, with the construction of a mixed-use highrise with 315 residential units followed by an all-residential building with 318 apartments. The development would include 477 parking spaces, all but 23 of them underground.

Trinity has also abandoned a controversial request to open up a cul-de-sac on Chapel Street to connect it with Beausoleil Drive. Local community groups said they feared the plan would cause a spike in traffic on nearby residential streets.