The four-hectare site at 3311 Woodroffe Ave., near Strandherd Drive, could accommodate 680 parking spaces, a report on the matter stated.
“It is the only similarly sized, transit accessible parcel of land in this south eastern part of Barrhaven,” stated the report, which comes before the transportation committee Oct. 3.
“If not purchased, the city will lose the opportunity to create a transit station with sufficient park and ride capacity, coupled with enough land area for intersecting bus routes, bus layover and to allow for future transit priorities.”
A previous city report on the issue identified Minto as the owner.
Staff said the site would be a good location considering it is located on a future rapid-transit corridor that will lead to Strandherd Drive and then bus-only lanes on the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge.
Using the 94 and 99 trunk routes that OC Transpo runs, “residents of Riverside South would then have the option to travel to the downtown and areas inside the Greenbelt,” the report stated.
However, the report noted the facility would likely be mainly used by residents of Barrhaven, with the possibility of residents in Manotick and Rideau/Goulbourn.
Barrhaven currently has a park-and-ride facility at the corner of Fallowfield Rd. and Woodroffe Ave., about three kilometres north of the proposed new facility.
Earlier this year, councillors approved a $5.7 million purchase for future park-and-ride land in Kanata, at Innovation Drive and March Road.