Taggart revives plan for nine-storey apartment complex in Little Italy

Taggart Norman Street project

A prominent Ottawa real estate developer has resurrected a plan to build a nine-storey apartment complex near the intersection of Preston Street and Carling Avenue in Little Italy.

Taggart Realty Management has submitted a proposal for a mid-rise structure at 93 Norman Ave., just west of Preston about four blocks north of Carling. Taggart Group vice-president Derek Howe said the plan currently calls for 127 rental apartments in a mix of studio, bachelor, one- and two-bedroom units.

The design from Roderick Lahey Architects features two tiers ​– a nine-storey tower on the west side and a five-storey podium with a rooftop terrace on the eastern portion of the property. An underground parking garage would contain 79 spaces for residents and 10 spots for visitors.

The project is similar to a proposal Taggart subsidiary Tamarack Developments submitted in 2013 for a nine-storey building with 117 apartment suites on the same property. That plan also proposed a series of two-storey townhomes along Norman Street.

After city council approved Official Plan and zoning bylaw amendments for that project, the Dalhousie Community Association appealed the changes to the Ontario Municipal Board. The OMB approved the zoning provisions in 2015, and Taggart is not requesting any further amendments in its new proposal.

Howe said the plan is one of three rental projects in various stages of development at Taggart. 

The company is currently constructing a nine-storey apartment building with 114 units at the corner of Bank and Flora streets in Centretown, with completion targeted for mid-fall. Meanwhile, Taggart has also submitted plans for a pair of highrises with a total of 541 apartment units at 267 O’Connor St., between Gilmour and MacLaren streets, a property currently occupied by a six-storey medical office.

Howe said Taggart is “looking to build a portfolio of high-quality rental apartment buildings” in Ottawa’s core. He said the firm hopes to start construction at the Norman Street site before the end of the year and is aiming to launch the O’Connor Street project in 2022.