Ex-Citizen Building Dropped From Heritage Registry


The City of Ottawa has deemed the former Ottawa Citizen building not worthy of preserving for the future.

The city Built Heritage Committee expects to remove 4,600 properties from the registry. The Citizen building, at 1101 Baxter Road, is one of those properties.

The building was on the registry because it might have historical value in the future. It has currently been converted into a roller-skating rink.

The location is ideal for development. It is down the street from the busy IKEA building and the Pinecrest Mall so commercial or intense residential development is a possibility.

Also a pedestrian bridge has been constructed across Highway 417 to connect the communities and businesses to the Stage 2 light-rail project slated to be completed in 2017.

Ken Gray


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2 Responses

  1. Anderson Davies says:

    What a shame.

  2. Ron Benn says:

    This speaks to the bigger problem, notably that some committee deemed over 4,600 properties in Ottawa to be of heritage value. When everything (e.g. an industrial building from the 1970s-80s) is deemed to be of heritage value, nothing is of heritage value.

    That it took the Ford government to figure this out speaks volumes about the previous process. Declaring a building to be of heritage value has every appearance of a justifying my job activity.

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