With light rail coming to the Bayshore Transit Station, our vacant land adjacent to the station can support the kind of mixed-use, transit-oriented development Ottawa needs for its future growth. But to do so, we must update zoning bylaws that have been in place since the 1960s, so they are consistent with the approach in the City of Ottawa’s new Official Plan for high-rise development around major transit hubs.
Our vision for 70 Woodridge Crescent includes two purpose-built rental buildings of 37 and 40 storeys, which will create more than 550 new homes, including a significant share of family friendly two- and three-bedroom units. Retail and services, such as daycare and medical offices, will be conveniently located on the ground floors of the buildings. The design also sets aside a large portion of the land for landscaped green space and community uses, like outdoor seating areas, recreation facilities, or a children’s splash pad.
At this early stage, we do not have a definitive development schedule. Once the required zoning is in place, there will be significant site planning and design work to be done, which will be subject to the City’s rigorous development review and approval process. As such, we would not expect construction to commence for at least two years. Typical construction timeframes for a project of this kind could range from 18 months to 24 months.
We anticipate the buildings will accommodate about 1,500 residents.
The project has been designed with the flexibility to allow for phased construction. Ultimately, the construction approach and timeframes will be determined by an assessment of market demand.
We expect the process will take approximately 8-10 months from the time the applications are submitted.
We are going above and beyond the City’s requirements for public consultation as part of the rezoning application process, including participating in a pre-application community meeting with Councillor Theresa Kavanagh, maintaining a website (accoravillage.com/70woodridge) with updated information about our project and an online contact form for questions and comments. In addition to community meetings and information sessions, we will also be bringing the project before the City of Ottawa’s Urban Design Review Panel.
Ferguslea Properties is committed to building one of Ottawa’s most welcoming and diverse communities. Our vision for 70 Woodridge is aligned with our ongoing renovation and enhancement of buildings and public spaces across the whole of Accora Village. Since 2011, we have made millions of dollars in capital investments, and we have many more exciting plans to continue to renew the community in the years to come.
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