Aging OCH rowhouses to make way for new tower

By Kate Porter, CBC News Ottawa, August 21, 2018

Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) is tearing down 32 rowhouses in west Centretown this week to make room for a new social housing development that's more energy efficient than most modern houses.

The Rochester Heights community, between Booth and Rochester streets close to Chinatown and Little Italy, dates back to 1966.

The city's arm's length housing operator moved out tenants on the north side of Gladstone to make room for its first foray into what's known as net-zero building. A bank of solar panels and well-insulated walls should allow the $34-million building to create more power than it uses.

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