Claridge Homes announced plans to expand its LeBreton Flats condo development in Ottawa, painting the picture of a high-density, “complete” neighbourhood with shops, cafés, affordable rental housing and beautiful park space along the aqueduct that currently runs through the area. At the centre of the new development will be five residential towers ranging in height from 25 to 55 storeys.
The new LeBreton Flats plans were unveiled at a public meeting in Ottawa on Monday, January 9th, but won’t be achievable unless the city rezones the area to allow for the taller buildings. Currently, the zoning only allows for 10-storey buildings.
Aside from Claridge’s vision, the massive redevelopment of the LeBreton Flats neighbourhood will also include a hockey arena, more housing, and other urban amenities.
Highlights of the plan:
- 1,650 residential units, double what was in the previous plan
- Five residential towers ranging from 25 to 55 storeys
- Rental housing, affordable rental housing, and rental housing for seniors
- Commercial retail, including a grocery store
- Park system that incorporates the aqueduct and five historical bridge
- Cycling and pedestrian walkways
Claridge officials said the plans are far from complete but that discussions with the National Capital Commission and the city are underway. The rezoning and layout of the LeBreton Flats area will need approval from both bodies.