City Approves 19th-Century House Demolition


This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

The City’s Planning Committee today approved demolition of 234 O’Connor Street – a 19th century, red-brick house located between Somerset Street and Cooper Street.

The property sat vacant for 15 years after being damaged by fire. The current owner has taken measures to stabilize the building, but after years of neglect, the house’s framing, foundation and brick work have suffered significant deterioration.

Committee members approved the demolition and the owner’s plan to build and maintain a temporary community park in its place, for the time being. The Committee has set a timeline for the owner, however, requiring that construction of a replacement development start within five years of the demolition.

The Glebe community could soon have a new 160-unit retirement home and residential care facility after committee approved zoning to allow an eight-storey, mixed-use building at 890 and 900 Bank Street. The property, located on the west side of Bank Street at the corner of Thornton Avenue, will also feature ground-floor commercial space.

Reports for these Committee-approved items will go to City Council on Wednesday, April 26.



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6 thoughts on “City Approves 19th-Century House Demolition

  1. The demolition suggestion is very, very disappointing.
    Now take a look at the zoning revisions that are also going to be put forth. Revisions that show no respect for the neighbourhood or those who live there. However they will make the current property owner very happy.
    I will be one very ticked-off citizen if this stupid council and mayor pass all of this.
    Anne Marie

      1. Ken,

        It certainly is. This area has a nine-storey limit, the owner wants that increased to 30 and the design is horrendous.

        Zoning means nothing.

        Anne Marie

        1. Anne Marie:

          So the idea is, if I understand this correctly, to let heritage buildings rot and then replace them with something that flies in the face of zoning.

          And the city approves it.

          Not hard to see who the city works for.



  2. The city needs bylaws that stop a property owner from allowing a place to sit vacant for years with no maintenance so they can come to Planning Committee and claim it’s falling apart and needs to come down. The owner gets an extra benefit since a property with a park or a parking lot pay a much lower tax rate than one with a building on it.
    The owner gets a five year holiday from any obligations of a building and can hope that the Council of that distant day will allow a zoning amendment to increase the height of what will go up there and modify or ignore any other requirements.


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