Windmill Development Group says it’s working on a proposal that would see a nine-storey condominium with about 100 units constructed next to the 123-year-old church on Chapel Street.A prominent Ottawa-based real estate developer is planning to build a condo next to the former All Saints Anglican Church in Sandy Hill, one of several environmentally-friendly projects the company is launching in the capital with proceeds from a green building fund. Windmill Development Group says it’s working on a proposal that would see a nine-storey condominium with about 100 units attached to the 123-year-old church on Chapel Street. It’s the latest attempt to add a residential component to the property beside All Saints, which held its last service in 2014 and was sold the following year for about $1.5 million to a group that included Ottawa resident Leanne Moussa, some of her family members from Alberta, and other local residents and businesspeople. The for-profit group formed a company called All Saints Developments and eventually filed a proposal to restore the church and build a nine-storey, mixed-use project next door. City council approved the plan in 2018, but the proposal was withdrawn later that year. The heritage church – which hosted a royal wedding and the state funeral of former prime minister Sir Robert Borden – has been converted into an events space with a 300-seat hall and a smaller room with a capacity of about 80 people. The space also includes a restaurant and an outdoor terrace. Windmill CEO Jonathan Westeinde credited All Saints Developments for doing an “amazing job” at creating the events space. He said his firm – which put in a competing bid for the church before Moussa’s group acquired it – has long coveted the site and ultimately purchased the rights to develop the adjoining property. “It was a natural synergy for us,” he said.
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