Ashcroft to start over on facade of long-delayed Sparks Street project

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Local developer Ashcroft Homes is one step closer to breaking ground on a Sparks Street development that at one point was scheduled to be completed two months ago.

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On Thursday, city council’s heritage subcommittee approved the developer’s plan to tear down a building at 108-116 Sparks St. The plan still requires the approval of the planning committee and city council itself.

Ashcroft will be required to recreate the building’s historic facade of the upper two floors, and must preserve and reuse as much of current building’s materials as possible.

The initial plan called for the developer to preserve the building’s entire facade. However it was found to be lacking the necessary structural integrity.

Ashcroft has been in negotiations since 2006 with the National Capital Commission, which owns the land and has signed a lease agreement with Ashcroft, over the site’s development.

The eventual plan for the site, which the NCC calls “Canlands A,” calls for six-storey mixed use building at the site. The upper stories would be stepped back from the street.

The project also includes plans for a connected 18-storey hotel and condo tower facing Queen Street.

Organizations: National Capital Commission

Geographic location: Sparks Street, Queen Street

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