27-storey building proposed for Medical Arts building on Metcalfe Street
Six-storey building at 180 Metcalfe St. could see new secondary plan
Ottawa city planners are recommending the approval of a proposed 27-storey building at Metcalfe and Nepean streets in Centretown.
A report, tabled Tuesday, calls for the city to change its secondary plan to allow a hotel above the second floor of the Medical Arts building at 180 Metcalfe.
The applicant, urban planning consulting firm FoTenn Consultants, wants to build a 21-storey tower to sit atop the existing six-storey building and is asking the city to amend the zoning and adjust the Centretown Secondary Plan to allow a hotel on the first six storeys.
In a comment appended to the report, Somerset councillor Catherine McKenney said the hotel use was inappropriate for the site.
"Amending the Secondary Plan so soon after it has been finalized — and on the heels of an OMB appeal — completely undermines its purpose and the long hours of hard work put in by residents," she wrote.
The report will be discussed at planning committee on June 23.