This week at the City’s Planning Committee, a request for public feedback was launched on the proposed redevelopment of the Château Laurier.
A Site Plan Control application for the development was received and that information is now publicly available at ottawa.ca/chateaulaurier for members of the public to review. Feedback forms are available on the website and are requested no later than March 14th, 2017. You can also send feedback via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application recommends the removal of the existing parking garage to construct an addition containing 218 long-stay hotel units, an interior courtyard, and five levels of underground parking with 385 spaces.
The proposal will be refined by City staff following their review and public feedback. Owing to the local and national importance of the Château Laurier, a special heritage working group, comprised of nationally respected heritage professionals and a representative from Heritage Ottawa, has been established to provide advice to the applicant, the City, and the National Capital Commission.
There will be additional opportunities to provide feedback before the project comes before Council, including when it is considered by the Committee of Adjustment, Built Heritage Sub-Committee and Planning Committee later this year. The City will also organize a community session for information and comments before these committees review the proposal.
I highly recommend all residents share their thoughts on the redevelopment as the Chateau Laurier is a prominent building in our nation’s capital located directly beside Parliament Hill and thus a reflection of our City to many visitors.