Longtime city employee became a familiar face as he oversaw construction of the $2.1-billion Confederation Line.
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The change would cut property taxes by 10 per cent at about 4,700 commercial properties housing nearly 8,000 small businesses in Ottawa.
New rules would translate into an annual discount of about $1,000 for a business property assessed at $600,000 that now pays about $15,000 a year in taxes.
Councillors gave a unanimous thumbs-up to the plan that would see pedestrian plazas set up along major streets and a “destination building” replace the Clarence Street parking garage.
Proposal calls for two buildings with a total of 139 apartment units and 10,000 square feet of commercial space in Kanata’s Beaverbrook neighbourhood.
The average commercial property owner will shell out an additional $231 under a draft budget framework approved by a city committee on Tuesday.
Proposed changes would make it easier and less expensive to have properties rezoned for certain types of businesses.
A vegetation-covered parcel of vacant land near the future Trim Road LRT station could become the site of mixed-use highrises soaring more than 30 storeys tall.
Funds will go toward the construction of 698 residential units in four separate buildings at 811, 818 and 933 Gladstone Ave.
City eyeing extra plowing, fire pits to help businesses weather COVID-19 storm this winter, Watson says
Mayor said City Hall staff are working with local business groups to help restaurants, bars, retail shops and other enterprises that have seen revenues plummet during the pandemic.