Highrise complex pitched for Carling Travelodge site

Planning rationale for development includes proximity of LRT stations that haven't been approved

 

 

City councillors on Ottawa's planning committee will vote next week on a plan to replace the Travelodge Hotel on Carling Avenue with a highrise development that would include three buildings taller than 20 storeys — more than twice the height currently allowed in the area.

 

Holloway Lodging Corp. wants to redevelop a stretch of land it owns on the south side of Carling, between Merivale Road and Kirkwood Avenue, which includes the Travelodge and a parking garage. The property used to include the Talisman Hotel, a modernist structure built by Bill Teron that the city's urban design panel pleaded with councillors to save, but it was torn down earlier this year.

 

The plan calls for 900 units in three highrises of 20, 22 and 20 storeys along Carling, plus two more eight-storey buildings on the south side of the site, next to single-family homes. As many as 2,000 new residents could move into the area.

 

'Let's not kid ourselves'

Coun. Riley Brocking