Ottawa developer Scarabelli resubmits plans for 16-storey mixed-use highrise in Glebe

Scarabelli proposal for Chamberlain Avenue
Scarabelli Realties wants to build a 16-storey mixed-use tower on Chamberlain Avenue in the north end of the Glebe.

An Ottawa real estate firm has resubmitted an application to demolish a pair of commercial buildings on the north edge of the Glebe and replace them with a mixed-use highrise.

In planning documents recently filed with the city, Scarabelli Realties says the proposed 16-storey tower at 30-48 Chamberlain Ave. would contain nearly 3,400 square feet of ground-floor commercial space as well as 160 residential units in a mix of bachelor and one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

The proposal is a slightly modified version of a plan the company submitted more than three years ago that called for 150 residential units, including studio, one- and two-bedroom suites.

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Council gave that project the green light in 2021, but the rezoning of the property for mixed-use development was appealed to the Ontario Land Tribunal. 

According to the latest application, a “technical error was noticed on the height schedule to be applied to the property,” and council corrected the error in a new rezoning bylaw the following year.

Scarabelli’s latest application says the site’s current zoning “was curated specifically to accommodate the proposed development,” adding “only minor refinements” have been made to the design since the rezoning was approved.

The firm has since added 10 three-bedroom suites to the proposal to meet the new Ottawa Official Plan’s target of setting aside at least five per cent of units in highrise developments for larger households. 

The plan includes 70 underground parking spaces for cars as well as eight ground-level spaces, with 163 spaces for bicycles. Scarabelli says the proposed development “provides additional residential intensification within an existing walkable community and along a transit priority corridor.”

Nearby heritage properties at 39 and 43 Rosebery Ave. will not be affected by the proposal, the builder adds.

The property is currently occupied by a medical building and a two-storey office building, both of which would be torn down to make way for the proposed tower.

It’s the latest infill development proposal along the Queensway corridor in the Glebe and Centretown. 

Roughly a block to the east, on the other side of Bank Street where Chamberlain Avenue becomes Isabella Street, Minto wants to build a 19-storey tower with 234 residential units.

Meanwhile, Gatineau-based Brigil plans to build three towers ranging from 26 to 40 storeys a block north of the Queensway at the site of the former Greyhound bus terminal on Catherine Street.

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