Developer adds extra building, more units to proposed Vanier development

Manor Park Vanier development

An Ottawa developer has redrawn its plans for a multi-tower residential project near Montreal Road and the Vanier Parkway.

Manor Park Management originally filed a proposal with the city last year to build three highrises with a total of 591 residential apartments at 112 Montreal Rd. and 314 Gardner St. That plan called for two 19-storey buildings as well as a 16-storey highrise along with a three-storey underground parking garage with spaces for 787 vehicles.

The original proposal also featured nearly 2,200 square feet of commercial space to “animate” a central courtyard.

After receiving comments from the community, Manor Park recently submitted a revised proposal that would see four buildings with a total of 870 residential units constructed on the site.

The project would include two 30-storey towers fronting on to the Vanier Parkway as well as another 20-storey highrise and an eight-storey building with ground-floor commercial space facing Montreal Road. A three-level underground garage would include 856 parking spaces, and an additional 29 surface-level parking spots would be reserved for visitors.

The current Official Plan limits buildings on most of the property to 18 storeys. The developer is proposing to build a public basketball court on the east side of the site along Gardner Street as a community benefit in return for being allowed to construct taller highrises. 

The property was previously home to a motel that was demolished in 2019. The Esso gas station at the southwest corner of the intersection is not part of the development application.

This is not the first time that a developer has proposed highrises for the site.

In 2016, DCR Phoenix presented plans that included six residential buildings ranging from six to 18 storeys. While that proposal had the support of the area’s BIA, some residents expressed concerns about the impact of the additional vehicle traffic.