Ottawa's planning committee approves 2nd try at developing corner of Bronson and Carling
Coun. David Chernushenko did not object to the two new buildings on Bronson and Carling avenues that were approved by the city's planning committee on Tuesday. (Andrew Foote/CBC)
By Andrew Foote, CBC News
Plans for a large building at the intersection of Bronson and Carling Avenues passed through the city's planning committee with little opposition Tuesday morning, while approving a smaller building on a Westboro side street brought a bigger backlash.
Members of the committee approved a proposal for a 12-storey off-campus residence targeted at university students on the corner where interest in a previous condo development fizzled under a different owner, according to the area's councillor David Chernushenko.
Chernushenko said it will be more like a hotel than the stereotypes of "parties, frat houses, problems, problems, problems," that some people hold about student housing.
He said he's on board with city staff who said most of its underground parking should be dedicated to bicycles, with only 38 parking spots for residents and visitors to put their vehicles.
Questions about parking spaces
"If we can't build rental housing with very minimal parking in this location, where can we?" he said during the meeting.
"It's on Bronson Avenue with the number four bus route, for mobile students it's not that far from a rail station [and] although I don't recommend cycling up Bronson all you have to do is deke out the back and [go] down onto Queen Elizabeth Drive."
Some residents have said that's not enough parking. Though they heard the city staff response that students don't own vehicles as much as the general population, some residents at the meeting wondered what would happen if the general population started moving in.
A proposal for a different 15-storey building next door was approved after being scaled down to just six stories.
Chernushenko said opposition to the proposals were "extremely minimal" because the developers worked with the community.
But he said the city will have to look into more buses because, once complete, these two buildings and another proposal there that's "likely coming very soon" could bring 800 to 1,000 new residents on the corner.