So, what’s all the buzz about? A six-story apartment building that will be nestled right at the intersection of Bank and Grove. This new addition is set to replace the well-known convenience store that has been a fixture in the area for quite some time. While bidding farewell to the store and post office may be bittersweet, there’s an upside to this proposal that can’t be ignored; availability of more rental housing in the neighbourhood.
Of course, with any proposal of this magnitude, some adjustments need to be made to ensure everything falls within the guidelines. In this case, the developer is seeking a few Zoning Bylaw amendments to make the design work seamlessly. While some of these changes are necessary to align with the new Official Plan, there are others that raise concerns about thoughtful and inclusive development.
One of the key aspects being called into question is the minimum requirement for amenity space in residential buildings. Amenity spaces are vital for creating a sense of community and well-being among residents. These spaces include communal areas for shared use and personal spaces like balconies or patios. They provide much needed breathing room and foster connections between neighbours.
Unfortunately, the current proposal aims to reduce the minimum requirements for both personal and communal amenity spaces by a staggering 50%. This reduction raises concerns about the well-being and quality of life for the future residents who will call this building home. It’s essential that developments prioritize the individuals and families who will live there, ensuring they have the necessary space to thrive.
As you plan your attendance at the upcoming public meeting, keep in mind the significance of this development for our community. This public consultation is an opportunity to shape the future and ensure that thoughtful, inclusive, and community-centric development takes place.
Your presence at the public consultation on June 14th is crucial. It’s a chance to voice your concerns, ask questions, and share your vision for the future of Old Ottawa South. This is your opportunity to make a difference and help create a community that thrives with the well-being and happiness of its residents in mind. To register for this event, simply click this link.