Proposed towers have too much parking, not enough affordable housing, councillor says

By CBC News Ottawa, May 14, 2019

An Ottawa city councillor says two 27-storey towers proposed for a downtown lot have too much parking and not enough affordable housing.

The proposal by Claridge Homes will go before the city's planning committee on May 23. In it, Claridge is seeking a series of small zoning changes to allow the project, which would have a total of 566 units.

(...)In the city's report on the development, Coun. Catherine McKenney said she doesn't understand the need for so much parking.

"This amount of parking is unacceptable. This development is situated directly adjacent to the Lyon Street LRT station. It is counterintuitive to provide this amount of parking in an area that is currently highly walkable and serviced by frequent bus routes," she wrote in the report.

She said she is also disappointed that affordable housing isn't part of the massive project.

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