You could not be faulted for approaching the new Minto building at the western gateway of Beechwood Avenue with excited anticipation.
After a fire devastated the previous structure in 2011, reducing apartments and beloved shops to ash, the sad and barren site sat boarded up until 2015, when construction began on a nine-storey, mixed-use building.As you approach the new edifice, however, you may be puzzled. You recall the renderings showed an attractive entrance and transparent windows at a notched corner focal point, beckoning passers-by.
Instead, you are confronted at the door by a Bank of Montreal emergency exit sign directing you elsewhere. Shade-drawn windows obscure the view inside. To get to the actual entrance, you round the corner and pass by three more large windows, equally opaque, creating a mirroring effect and dulling the pedestrian experience.http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/nussbaum-how-to-build-public-support-for-urban-intensification