By Taylor Blewett, Ottawa Citizen
One day in the not-so-distant future, if all goes according to their owner’s plan, aging mid-century townhouses that line Brittany Drive off Montreal Road, backing onto National Capital Commission parkland, will disappear and be replaced by new apartments.
Something similar will happen to 654 other townhomes that populate Manor Park Estates’ 35 acres as its developer carries out what’s said to be a 50-year vision to transform the neighbourhood from the affordable, but deteriorating low-rise housing that characterizes it to a mixed-use development with nearly all housing in apartment buildings of varying heights.
It’s what’s allowed after the existing townhomes are torn down that the City of Ottawa planning committee is to vote on Thursday. They’ll consider an official plan amendment and new secondary plan setting out maximum building heights and land use designations for both parcels slated for redevelopment...