Claridge ditches plans for hotel at former Metro site, adds more residential units

Metro supermarket
Claridge Homes plans to build a trio of residential highrises on the site of the former Metro supermarket at 245 Rideau St. Google Maps image

An Ottawa developer has scrapped its proposal to include a hotel as part of a mixed-use project at the site of the former Metro supermarket on Rideau Street and instead plans to build more residential units on the property.

Council approved Claridge Homes’ application to construct three towers of 18, 26 and 27 storeys at 245 Rideau St. last fall. The buildings would rise above a two-storey podium that’s expected to feature a 35,000-square-foot Metro store to replace the former supermarket on the site.

In Claridge’s original plan, the tallest building was slated to include rental apartments, while the 26-storey tower would be devoted to condos and the 18-storey highrise would be a 208-room hotel. Under a site plan revision recently submitted at City Hall, the developer says it wants to replace the hotel with another apartment building featuring 148 units.

The revised proposal calls for a total of 745 residential suites in the three buildings. An underground parking garage would provide spaces for 385 vehicles.

It’s not the first time Claridge has altered its plans for the 1.25-acre site just a few blocks east of the Rideau Centre, which it purchased in 2013 and is a prime location for transit-oriented mixed-use development. 

The developer’s original plan, which was approved in 2015, called for three towers of 21, 25 and 28 storeys and a two-storey podium containing two “large-format retail stores.” A mix of residential and hotel suites was proposed for the site, which was expected to include about 440 units.

Last year, Claridge modified that proposal, adding more units, altering the heights of the buildings and changing the retail use to a food store.