Long-term care home proposes additional seven-storey apartment complex at south-end site


The owners of a long-term care facility in south Ottawa are proposing to build a seven-storey apartment building at the Riverside Road site.

In documents recently filed with the city, St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa has outlined a conceptual plan for a new building just north of its current five-storey property at 2865 Riverside Dr. The project would include up to 133 apartment units, some of which would be designed for communal living, along with a total of 223 parking spaces that would be shared with the existing facility.

According to the application, the development would feature self-contained one- and two-bedroom units with bathrooms and kitchenettes. But residents would also be able to access communal dining and living areas on the same floor that would serve clusters of several rooms.

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“This is a genuine response to the need for housing diversity and to accommodate needs arriving from demographic change – i.e. an ageing population,” the document says, adding the proposed development “is planned for residents who are looking for affordable housing that is not car-dependent.”

The developers note that the proposed building is within 800 metres of the Mooney’s Bay O-Train station on the Trillium Line, adding the Riverside Mall is within walking distance.

St. Patrick’s Home is requesting a zoning amendment to allow for a building taller than the current four-storey height limit for new developments.

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