Developer Applies to Construct Ottawa’s Tallest Building

An artist's concept of the Soho Italia, a 35-storey condominium tower. (Roderick Lahey Architect Inc.)Mastercraft Starwood Group wants to build "Soho Italia" just behind the archway of Little Italy on the site of an old parking lot on Preston Street.

Condominium developer Mastercraft Starwood, is seeking to construct a 35-storey tower in the heart of Ottawa’s Little Italy that, if completed, would be the tallest building in the city.

Last week, Mastercraft Starwood pitched the idea to mayor Jim Watson and the ward’s city councillor, Diane Holmes, as well as Peter

Hume, the chair of the Planning and Environment Committee. An official zoning change request has not been filed yet.

An artist’s conception for the project from architect Roderick Lahey shows a slim glass and concrete tower that resembles a stack of plates. The design also includes a ground floor dedicated to a museum of Italian culture.

Lahey said he’s excited about the project, and describes it as a fluid design that’s supposed to look like water moving, inspired by the Aqua Tower in Chicago. The Ottawa building would house about 220 residential condo units. If completed, it would likely edge out tower C of Place de Ville, the 29-storey, 112 metre building, and the 32-storey, 108 metre-tall Minto Metropole in Westboro, as the tallest building in Ottawa.

The spot is currently zoned for 19-storeys for a commercial building and 22-storeys for a residential building, according to a spokesperson with Mastercraft Starwood. The company has also met with the local business improvement association and is expecting to meet with community groups to discuss the plan.

Local residents, businesses and politicians CBC spoke with expressed surprise at the sheer size of the planned building, with some questioning its height while others worry that it is too wide for the available lot.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2011/01/17/ottawa-preston-tallest-building.html#socialcomments#ixzz1Bi92Aqed

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Having been born and raised in Ottawa, this city is more than my home, it is a part of who I am and the basis from which all other cities must be compared. I have watched it grow and progress in its size and over time I found myself naturally drawn to the different neighbourhoods, with their varying characters, layouts and styles. After earning a BA in Law from Carleton University, Tyler discovered a new passion, real estate. In 2010, he began to use his passion for Ottawa’s various housing styles and diverse neighbourhoods, to help many people find that place that they can call home.

One Response to Developer Applies to Construct Ottawa’s Tallest Building

  1. Tommy Karla says:

    Honestly, I moved to Ottawa a few years ago and Ive always said how it would be cool if they started to update this city a little. Nothing crazy, but trying to force the city to stay under a height restriction is silly.

    I’ve been reading a bunch of stuff on http://sohoitaliablog.com and it seems like they really are trying to do something FOR the area.

    I don’t know

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