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.

Medical Arts Building redevelopment

The redevelopment of 180 Metcalfe St. had a secondary plan, but staff at the City of Ottawa suggest a new plan for a 27-storey tower including a hotel. (Andrew Foote/CBC)

She also said the secondary plan for Centretown was only finalized three years ago, and shouldn't be changed so soon.

"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.