Claridge proposes 14-storey hotel in ByWard Market

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Claridge Homes has officially applied to convert a ByWard Market office building into a hotel.

One of Union of Canada's properties in the ByWard Market.

The developer has submitted an application to the city requesting a change of zoning for the Union of Canada building, which is located at the corner of York and Dalhousie Streets. Documents say it wants to add three storeys to what is now an 11-storey office building.

Claridge is also proposing the construction of a 22-storey building on a site located along George Street, close to Dalhousie Street. This is supposed to be a residential tower, according to city zoning documents.

The developer has previously declined requests to discuss their plans for the building.

The new hotel would add a supply of rooms in a market that hoteliers have found difficult to break into during the past few years. Many developers have preferred to use available land to build condominiums or office towers instead, meaning there hasn’t been much left for hotel development.

The most recent entrant into the Ottawa hotel market, Quebec City-based Groupe Germain Hospitalité, decided to partner with developer Broccolini. It is planning to add a 148-room hotel to the builder’s condominium project on Slater Street.

Claridge has also proposed a 227-vehicle underground parking garage that the two buildings would share, the documents said.

Part of the site sits in the ByWard Market’s Heritage Conservation District, so Claridge is requesting the “heritage overlay” be lifted.

Claridge also wants the city to permit “an outdoor rooftop commercial patio” on top of the 14-storey hotel.

The zoning documents say the city’s planning committee, which is responsible for recommending zoning changes to council, is expected to consider the proposal by the end of March.

Claridge purchased the property last year after regulators ordered the liquidations of the Union of Canada, a 148-year-old Ottawa insurance firm, prompting the sell-off of its assets.


Who’s involved?

Architects: Neuf Architects (Montreal)

Surveyors: Stantec (Ottawa)

Civil engineers: Novatech Engineering Consultants Ltd. (Ottawa)

Landscape architects: James B. Lennox & Associates Inc. (Ottawa)

Organizations: Union of Canada, Ottawa hotel, Groupe Germain Hospitalité Novatech Engineering James B. Lennox Associates

Geographic location: Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, York George Street Quebec City Montreal

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Recent comments

  • Robert
    March 29, 2013 - 08:07

    Claudette - I read somewhere that they're aiming for the hotel to open fall 2014ish. Paul - I would have to respectfully disagree. The existing building does not fit in with its current surroundings and I have no doubt that it also violates a ton of zoning restrictions (the union of Canada building is 11 stories anyway!). Worse, the Union of Canada building is a total eyesore. As a small business owner in the ByWard market, I want this condo/hotel project to go straight ahead because I think it could improve the look of one of the market's ugliest buildings and bring new life to the Byward market (with both Tourists and Inhabitants, a mix which will support a variety of businesses in the market). The only downside: the market will be temporarily transformed into a construction zone. Nothing new for Ottawa summers, I guess.

  • Paul Donoghue
    March 25, 2013 - 11:28

    I am all for new development and a nice boutique hotel would be a nice fit in the already existing building. As for a 22 story condo - I am opposed as it would be overbearing for the Byward Market. If the application is approved it should not be allowed to be buit any higher than the current zoning allows. 10 stories????

  • claudette Deschenes
    March 21, 2013 - 14:43

    Do you have any idea of when this development might happen?