Quebec builder poised to enter Ottawa market with proposed 26-storey highrise on Montreal Road

Bertone development

A Montreal-based developer with extensive holdings in Quebec is moving into the Ontario market with a proposal for a mixed-use highrise at a prominent east-end intersection.

In an application recently filed with the city, Bertone Development Corp. says it wants to build a 26-storey tower with 243 rental apartment units and about 8,300 square feet of ground-floor retail space at the northeast corner of Montreal and Blair roads, just east of the National Research Council of Canada’s main campus.

The property at 1649 Montreal Rd. is currently occupied by an auto repair garage. The adjacent site at 741 Blair Rd. contains a single-family home, with most of the lot covered by mature trees and vegetation.

The proposal calls for a three-storey underground parking garage with 298 spaces as well as nine enclosed surface-level parking spaces in the building’s podium. Of the 307 total spaces, 49 will be reserved for visitors, with 70 spots proposed for commercial users and the remaining 188 spaces for residents.

The plan also includes more than 35,000 square feet of amenity space with a pool.

The Montreal Road property is currently zoned arterial mainstreet, while the Blair Road site is zoned for residential use. The developer is requesting an amendment to rezone the entire parcel as arterial mainstreet to allow for the proposed building height and setbacks.

The development would be the first in Ottawa for Bertone, which was founded in 2010 and has completed nearly two dozen residential and commercial projects in Quebec, mostly in the Montreal area.