Little Italy grocery-anchored complex receives easy planning OK, while church project draws community ire

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.

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