By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, July 10, 2020
The lower half of Little Italy is one step closer to seeing a new mixed-use high-rise complex anchored by a grocery store.
Usually a big infill complex proposed by a developer has at least a couple of residents lined up with concerns, but not a single person signed up to address the planning committee Thursday about Arnon Corp.’s plans to build a large surface parking lot off Little Italy’s commercial main street.
A full-size grocery store along Beech Street is intended for the first floor, but there has been no official word on the identity of the grocer. A liquor store is also included in the ground-floor plan filed with the development application.
The Preston-Carling district secondary plan encourages the establishment of a grocery store in the area, since the community has been considered a food “desert” with no large food store in close proximity.https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/little-italy-grocery-anchored-complex-receives-easy-planning-ok-while-church-project-draws-community-ire/wcm/05ffb99d-e966-4a80-8245-4b9c752913c5/