Developer proposes 23-storey mixed-use building at Churchill and Scott

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Azure Urban Development's proposed 23-storey tower at Churchill Avenue North and Scott Street.

A developer is looking to raise height limits on a Westboro lot to construct a 23-storey mixed-use building.

Azure Urban Developments filed plans with the city this week to construct an apartment tower on an empty lot on the south side of Scott Street between Winona Avenue and Churchill Avenue North. The mixed-use development would include 241 residential units, 5,554 square feet for commercial use on the ground floor and a four-level underground parking garage with 146 spaces.

The developer has applied for a zoning by-law amendment to raise existing height limits from 20 metres to 72 metres and reduce the setbacks required.

Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper wrote in an update on his ward website that he’s skeptical the lot will be able to accommodate “such a dense development,” pointing out that other recent projects in the area have been approved as “narrower towers.”

The area surrounding Westboro Transitway Station – which will be converted to light rail in the coming years – has been a hot spot for development as of late, with Colonnade Bridgeport building out its Westboro Connection down the road on McCrae Avenue as well as a neighbouring project on the site of the old Trailhead Paddle Shack. Colonnade Bridgeport is also looking to partner with Morley Hoppner a bit farther west on the site of the Granite Curling Club – a community meeting will be held Wednesday night to consider a proposal that would see the curling club shifted to a nearby lot and a mixed-use highrise built in its place.

Azure held an open house with the community this past summer before submitting its own Scott Street plans, and Leiper noted there will be another one for the project in the near future.