Councillors approve Claridge’s 30-storey Somerset condo tower

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City council’s planning committee has given the green light to a proposed 30-storey condo development at 1040 Somerset St. W., one of several high profile projects that received approval on Tuesday.

Claridge is proposing to build a condo tower at 1040 Somerset St. W., at Breezehill Avenue North near the O-Train corridor.

The developer behind the project, Claridge Homes, was asking the city to change the maximum height allowed by the site’s zoning from 15 metres to 100 metres.

The project is smaller than what Claridge had previously planned to build at the site. The developer had originally proposed a 39-storey tower for the site.

Claridge will be required to provide $850,000 in “community benefits” in exchange for the exemption.

That includes $500,000 for recreation at the Tom Brown Area. It will also be required to design a multi-use pathway along the western side of the O-train corridor between Somerset Street W and Gladstone Avenue.

The exemption still requires final approval from a full meeting of city council.

The committee also recommended that city council approve a zoning change to allow for construction of a nine-story mixed-used student residence at the corner of Laurier Avenue E and Friel Street.

The building, which will have 180 units to go along with retail space, is intended as a private student residence. The site is currently zoned for low-rise residential.

The planning committee also approved a motion to review the Sandy Hill secondary plan “to ensure predictable, consistent zoning.” That review will begin in later this year.

A proposed 18-storey condo on Rochester Street, between Norman and Pamilla streets, has also been recommended to the full council for approval. The site is currently zoned for low-rise residential.

The developer, Domicile, will be required to pay $317,000 into the city’s affordable housing program before a building permit will be issued. That money will be used earmarked for use in Somerset Ward.

Geographic location: Tom Brown Area, Somerset Street, Gladstone Avenue Laurier Avenue Friel Street Sandy Hill Rochester Street

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