The Arts Court complex will see massive changes under a proposal approved by council.
© Kane Van Ee
Ottawa City Hall
The development just south of the ByWard Market will include a 23-storey private-sector tower on the site at 60-70 Waller St. and is expected to have space available for uses such as residences, hotel and offices.
The Ottawa Art Gallery and the University of Ottawa Theatre Department will get more space to go along with a 250-seat screening room.
A private company will be requested to design, build and develop the new building and purchase air rights from the city.
Ottawa’s city council endorsed the Rideau Carleton Raceway as the preferred location for a casino in Ottawa.
The motion echoes the wishes of Mayor Jim Watson, who announced in June that he only wanted a potential casino to be built at the raceway site southeast of downtown.
“We have a longstanding relationship with them, we have the zoning in place,” Mr. Watson said earlier this week. “I think the jury was out in terms of support for going into another location. The RCR had strong support around the council table and that’s the direction that council’s going.”
Wednesday’s vote means the city will now indicate to the provincial body responsible for gambling, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp., that it will only agree to a casino in Ottawa if it chooses a bid from developers to build it at the raceway.
A similar vote was set to come before council in July, but councillors instead opted to see if the provincial government would allow two casinos to be built in the city. Mr. Watson announced this week the province had declined, leading to Wednesday’s vote for the raceway.
Plasco Energy Group has received another reprieve from council as members voted to extend its deadline for securing financing to Dec. 31, 2014.
The company is working on a waste-to-energy commercial system intended to divert garbage from the Trail Road facility, which will reach capacity in 2035 under current rates.
In a committee meeting Aug. 22, CEO Rod Bryden said he is still waiting on debt financing on the project because investors have been hesitant to jump in.
“This is the first multiple-unit commercial application of that project,” he said.
City staff are also investigating alternatives should Plasco’s technology fall through. Mr. Bryden said a financing deadline would not affect the expected operations date of March 31, 2016.
319 McRAE AVE.
Councillors agreed to rezone a site in Westboro to make way for a mid-rise development of seven or eight storeys.
The proposal from BridgePort Realty is supposed to be a mixed-use space allowing for spots for residents to live, shop and go to work.
The development has two portions, one that is seven storeys high and the other one eight storeys high.
335 MICHAEL COWPLAND DR.
A Turkish centre will be able to add a place of worship to a building already construction at 335 Michael Cowpland Dr. in Kanata.
Northern Lights Educational Services is building a 11,000 square-foot-structure that was previously approved for office space, a training centre, an intercultural dialogue institute, a day care and other uses.
It asked for a zoning change to allow it to offer all services in the same building.
PINE VIEW GOLF COURSE
The city will make a request for Pine View Golf Course to become a private operation after council reached approval for a request for proposals.
The city-run facility on Blair Road had an operating loss of $135,319 last year and a cumulative deficit of almost $500,000.
As the city leases the land from the National Capital Commission, the city will ask the NCC to issue a request for proposals. A competition is expected to start this fall.
The city’s lease expires April 30, 2024 and costs $1 a year. The city expects to continue running the course if a private sector proponent cannot be found.