From Councillor Leiper:
You may recall earlier this summer in June 2019, the Zoning approval was granted for the Ashcroft heritage convent development, which consists of converting the existing Sisters of the Visitation monastery into a mixed-use building with an addition to be used as an apartment building. The Site Plan Application for this development is now on circulation as well and can be further reviewed on DevApps.
The proposed development will be connected to the first phase of development, where the archways along Richmond Road connect pedestrians with the remainder of the site.
The proposed development consists of one apartment building, as well as the conversion of the monastery into a mixed-use building. Although the development will involve subsequent buildings and potential amendments to performance standards related to the balance of the site to the south, the subject applications relate only to the northern portion and most specifically to the following proposed buildings:
- A nine-storey mid-rise apartment dwelling, to be connected to the existing monastery via a two storey glass link. Multiple amenity areas are proposed to be provided as part of the building, including a rooftop terrace, indoor communal amenity spaces located in the first two floors of the building, outdoor ground floor amenities, and private balconies. The proposed materiality of the building is intended to complement the heritage building. Strategies include using similar materials and colours (such as gray stone). The building also features extensive glazing.
- The heritage three storey monastery building will be converted into low-rise apartment dwelling and restaurant space in the original house and chapel portions of the building. The rest of the building will nits.
The majority of parking for the site is proposed to be located in an underground garage. Vehicular access and egress lanes are proposed to be provided from Leighton Terrace (at the northeast corner of the subject property).
Our office is hosting an open house to review this application on Tuesday, October 22 from 6:30-8:00pm at 89 Richmond Rd (the Monocle sales centre). Ashcroft and the lead planner with the City will be on hand to answer any questions and to take your feedback.
If you are not able to attend the open house, we would encourage you to send any feedback to our office via Jeff.Leiper@Ottawa.ca and / or Fiona.Mitchell@Ottawa.ca as well as to the lead planner on the file, Steve Gauthier via Steve.Gauthier@Ottawa.ca.