Development Update: 289 Carling Ave & 275 Carling Ave

There have been some new fences going up in our neighbourhood lately, which have raised some questions about the status of those projects:

289 Carling Ave

The property for the future John Howard Society supportive housing site was transferred from the City of Ottawa to the John Howard Society (JHS) on March 26th. The JHS stated that they have decided to “put up a fence around the property to prevent unauthorized use or dumping of debris, which we know had become a problem.”

The site plan application is in its final stages of review and is expected to be completed fairly soon. While the JHS had hoped to start construction in June, the timeline will be dependent on obtaining a building permit from the City of Ottawa and Ontario’s regulations regarding COVID-19. Currently, construction is only allowed in Ontario on residential builds already underway, or for critical infrastructure projects, such as hospitals and transit.

275 Carling Ave

As previously noted, the site formerly known as 265 Carling Ave has transferred ownership from Taggart to Gatineau-based Katasa. The vision for the site remains the same – for the construction of a 16-storey retirement residence.

According to City planners, the site plan is in the final stages of approval. Katasa has indicated that they do not expect construction to start prior to the summer. Details on the site plan application can be viewed online. While there is a large number of files in the site plan application, the ones that are the most recent are labelled “2020-02-19”.

We will keep the community informed as we know more.

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