Rio Vista pitches 31-storey apartment building for Sandy Hill

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A Montreal-based developer is proposing to build a 31-storey apartment building at 400 Stewart St. in Sandy Hill.

An artist's conception of the 31-storey tower proposed for 400 Stewart St.

Rio Vista Apartments Ltd. has submitted planning documents to the city asking for permission to construct the building, which would sit next to the Rideau River and front onto the south side of Daly Avenue.

The tower would be constructed on top of a three-storey podium that would consist of five townhouses, according to documents the city has sent out to residents regarding the proposal.

The rest of the building would include around 226 units – some of which the city documents describe as “live/work” units – to go along with a six-level underground parking garage.

The site as it stands now is largely vacant, the documents said. Its mostly used for surface and underground parking to service the residential apartment building at the site.

The developer has asked the city to change the zoning at the site to make way for the proposal.


Organizations: Rio Vista Apartments

Geographic location: Rio Vista, Sandy Hill, Ottawa River Daly Avenue

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  • Luc
    February 19, 2014 - 17:54

    I live in the building they currently own. They should fix this building first. The word "Luxury" is a very loosely used in these parts. Also it's beside a haighrise on a dead end street. in the winter the snow banks only allow for single lane use . People have to be patient and take turns. A building this size is going to be a nightmare for the area. I am all for new high rises I live in one! Seriously though this is not the right location for it.

  • Dave
    December 31, 2013 - 12:51

    Yes, perfect for the core which should have towers instead of houses. Imagine NYC had our fear of buildings. Only in Ittawa us a 30 story building considered a big building. Personally I would like to see downtown full if high rises and people. It creates life and energy. Ottawa residents act like we r a village!

  • Ashley
    December 22, 2013 - 09:25

    As far I know, rio vista apartments inc. already owns a luxury apartment just east of the proposed new tower at 400 Stewart St. That tower rises 25 storeys from the nearby riverbank but only 21 storeys from street level. The new 226-unit building would look 10 floors taller than its nearest neighbor, already one of the tallest buildings in the area. Aside from providing a more contemporary architecture and built form, the proposal will also provide a better relationship with the existing slab buildings, by allowing many advantages, for example, improved light, air and views etc.

  • Liz
    December 21, 2013 - 21:32

    Good question Pauline. The building is too big and dense for the small space and it will make parking impossible. Of course it is ugly too and inappropriate for the street. The city should stick to current zoning requirements and refuse the proposal.

  • pauline chabot
    December 06, 2013 - 20:01

    Hi How will they do this when the 400 Stewart is already a building apt of 25 Storeys of rental units? What will become of those Tenants? Tell me more!!!

    • dave
      December 09, 2013 - 06:47

      From the photo it looks like they plan on keeping 400 stewart and putting this building along side.