59 floors: Trinity goes higher with revised Bayview Station development plans

Peter Kovessy
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Trinity Development Group has added several floors to its plans for a trio of massive residential towers that, if constructed, will be Ottawa’s tallest buildings.

Trinity Station

The Trinity Station project is located near the corner of Albert and Preston streets, near the future intersection of Ottawa’s two light-rail lines.

City staff said this week that they’ve received a new site plan application for the property consisting of three high-rise residential buildings atop a mixed-use podium and underground parking garage.

A 59-storey tower and and a 55-floor building would be linked by an 11-storey podium that includes retail, parking and office space, according to a city statement. A third high-rise consisting of 50 storeys would sit atop a four-floor office and retail podium.

The project would contain 1,632 residential units as well as 187,750 square feet of office space. That’s slightly more than half the space inside the Performance Court office building on Elgin Street, across from the courthouse.

The project would also include 115,000 square feet of retail space.

Trinity said earlier this year that the buildings would be 55 storeys.


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Speaking at the Ottawa Real Estate Forum last month, Brad Caco – Trinity’s senior vice-president of development and design – suggested that he wanted to capitalize on the scheduled 2018 opening of the Confederation light-rail line.

“One of the most desirable attributes we feel is the fact that the Bayview Station is coming online about the same time as our development is proposed to come online,” he said at the time. Mr. Caco has since left Trinity, and the developer did not immediately reply Tuesday to a request to discuss the project.

The vacant 3.5-acre site behind the City Centre office and light industrial complex is a challenging site to develop because several large municipal water and sewer pipes crisscross the property.

According to the city, the developer will be responsible for relocating municipal infrastructure to “create a more suitable development envelope.”

The property was previously owned by Ottawa developer DCR Phoenix, which acquired the site from the National Capital Commission in 2004 for $800,000 and filed the first of several development applications that year. None came to fruition.

In 2010, city staff criticized DCR Phoenix for preparing plans that included “extensive” surface parking in a development adjacent to rapid transit.

Under the current plan, Trinity Development Group is proposing to build enough spaces for more than 1,200 vehicles, of which 779 would be reserved for residents of the buildings.

By comparison, there are approximately 1,100 parking stalls beneath the World Exchange Plaza, according to the building’s owner.

In April, the city councillor for the area, Catherine McKenney, wrote that Trinity’s earlier plans contain “too much parking.” Separately, she also wrote that the proposal “must incorporate a significant affordable housing component.”

Ms. McKenney’s office was not immediately available Tuesday to say whether Trinity’s latest proposal alleviates the councillor’s concerns.

Organizations: Bayview Station, Trinity Station, Ottawa Real Estate Forum National Capital Commission Trinity Development Group

Geographic location: Ottawa, Albert, Elgin Street

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  • Jayme
    November 23, 2016 - 08:26

    Peter The glut of condos is some what over hyped 540 that's its not thousands some seem to there is if you look at other cities they have far far more then that. With all of that said some of the tallest building in Canada under construction now are rentals which Ottawa badly needs.

  • Peter Quinlan
    November 22, 2016 - 19:31

    Wow. Never thought I'd see the day where any building in Ottawa surpassed 40 stories. Now with ICON under construction, and a proposal by Richcraft at the Dow Honda site (50 stories) & this one by Trinity....however with a glut of condos currently on the market, it may be a long time before anything other than ICON gets built anytime soon. A side note to this story should include an interview with Robert Campeau, who is still alive & in his mid 90's. He was the father of the high rise developments downtown, although faced many hurdles trying to get anything built over 30 stories. It would make for a fascinating interview to get his perspective on what's taking place in Ottawa these days. Hopefully someone can track him down for an always animated interview.