In addition, Southminster has compiled a list of frequently asked questions about the project.
Southminster United Church, 1040 Bank Street
The City of Ottawa has received a Zoning By-law Amendment Proposal to retain the existing church and to replace the assembly hall at the rear with four townhouses and a 14-unit, six-storey apartment building.
Currently, the 3,188 m2 site contains the Southminster United Church, comprised of the main church building, built in 1932, and Memorial Hall, built in 1955. The subject site is bounded by Bank Street to the east, Aylmer Avenue to the south, Galt Street to the west, and National Capital Commission (NCC) lands to the north. The surrounding area contains a wide variety of land uses and densities. Low-rise residential buildings are predominantly found to the south and west. To the east, along Bank Street, there are a mix of commercial businesses and the Sunnyside Branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Colonel By Drive, Echo Drive and the Rideau Canal are located within the NCC lands to the north. Lansdowne Park lies across the Canal, northeast of the site, and includes major retail outlets and the TD Place Stadium. The Glebe neighbourhood is located opposite the Canal to the north and north-west.
The site is designated Traditional Mainstreet in the City of Ottawa Official Plan. The subject lands are zoned Minor Institutional, Subzone A (I1A), which permits a range of community and institutional land uses, but does not permit residential uses. The proposal is to retain the church building and renovate the basement to house community uses. Memorial Hall would be demolished and replaced with a planned unit development consisting of four three-storey townhouses and a 14-unit, six-storey apartment building. The units would contain between one and three bedrooms. The requested Zoning By-law amendment is for a Traditional Mainstreet Zone, with an exception and zoning schedules to address site-specific performance standards.
Access for the new development is proposed from Galt Street, with a driveway providing vehicular access to the underground parking and private garages at the rear of the proposed townhouses. The underground parking garage would have 32 parking spaces for residents of the apartment building and one visitor parking space, as well as bicycle parking.
Related Planning Applications
Applications for Site Plan Approval, consent to sever the church lands from the residential development and a plan of condominium application are anticipated in future, but have not yet been submitted.
Timelines and Approval Authority
The “On Time Decision Date”, the target date the application will be considered by the City’s Planning Committee, is August 22, 2017.