Developer sued for cutting down trees won't pay up

By Susan Burgess, CBC News Ottawa, December 22, 2017

The builder who scaled down a contentious 27-bedroom development in Old Ottawa South earlier this week has unfinished business with neighbours of another intensification project in Centretown.

Years before Jordan Tannis began work at 177 Hopewell Ave., he converted 186 James St. from a tri-plex to a 10-unit building. At the time, a group called Friends of James and Bay sprung up to oppose his effort to provide fewer parking spaces than would normally be required in such a development.

Tannis won that fight at City Hall, but he lost another one in court when the owners of three townhouses next door successfully sued him for chopping down three mature trees without their permission.

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