Proposed 22-storey tower on Scott Street worries councillor
Ottawa Citizen

By Matthew Pearson, Ottawa Citizen, April 12, 2017

Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper made a last-ditch appeal to council Wednesday to reject a spot-rezoning proposal for a 22-storey tower at 1960 Scott St., which will replace the iconic timber building formerly home to Trailhead Paddle Shack.

The site is currently zoned for a maximum of six storeys. Approving such a large leap in height left Leiper worried the city is “setting a new planning context for the entire area without an honest and transparent discussion with residents about their neighbourhood is likely to change.”

But Mayor Jim Watson scoffed at the councillor’s concerns, and added he was disappointed some members of council who are “great advocates for transit-oriented development, cycling and pedestrian-friendly cities voted against a project that is right across a street from a transit station of the LRT.”

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