City council votes to terminate Plasco deal, approve tallest building

At a quick council meeting Wednesday, councillors officially terminated the city’s deal with Plasco Waste Management and approved what will become Ottawa’s tallest building.

Council unanimously approved the environment committee’s recommendation to end the Plasco agreement. It also gave city manager Kent Kirkpatrick authority to terminate the lease of Plasco’s demonstration facility and to receive the evaluation for a waste management alternative technologies request for information.

Council also unanimously approved the zoning amendment recommended by the planning committee to allow for a 55-storey mixed-use highrise at 845 Carling Ave. near the corner of Preston Street. Richcraft Homes is planning to build three towers at that location, with the others to be 45 and 18 storeys high. The 55-storey building would be the tallest in the city at nearly 180 metres in height.

Council also voted to receive the public realm plan for the Rideau/Arts Precinct which would see, among other things, an open-air pedestrian mall on Nicholas Street between Rideau Street and Besserer Street.

Council also received a 573-name petition asking it to reconsider the proposed western light rail route.