7:30 a.m., Jan. 25)
Minto unveils plans to develop Champlain
Street land in Orleans Wood
By Fred Sherwin
floating a number of proposals to develop 17 acres of
land on the western side of Champlain Street just north
of the Place d'Orléans park and ride lot, Minto
has finally put forward a mixed use sub-division plan
that includes 472 apartment units, five one and two-storey
retail buildings and three office buildings ranging from
two to eight floors.
back 20 years, Minto had originally wanted to use the
land for a commercial centre, but a lack of demand for
commercial office space in Orléans kept their plans
from becoming a reality. At one point they were in the
sweepstakes for the Orleans Family Health Hub before the
province decided to build the centre on Mer Bleue Road.
they lost the bid for the health hub, Minto made an about
face and submitted a subdivision plan in Febuary 2011
that was exclusively residential. That plan ran into opposition
from both local residents and the city, forcing Minto
to go back to the drawing board.
a series of meetings with the city and the public. Minto
resubmitted a site plan that conforms with the mixed use
designation of the property.
new proposal would see the land developed in several phases
requiring city approval for each phase. The first phase,
to be built over the next five years, will include eight
apartment buildings ranging in height from four to six
storeys with a total of 273 units.
five year plan also includes 40,000 sq. ft. of retail
space contained in five buildings ranging in height from
one to two storeys, and 139,000 sq. ft. of leasable office
space in two buildings ranging in height from two to eight
linear park is also contained in the plan with a variety
of amenities, including playgrounds, benches and seating
areas, as well as open greenspace.
is also a proposal to build eight additional office towers
over the next 20 years ranging in height from two to 12
stories on city land adjacent to the park and ride lot.
That proposal would require a separate approval process,
over the potential impact on local traffic have been addressed
by removing plans for an access road off Champlain Street
near the south end of the development. The plan still
contains a road running north-south through the middle
of the development from Jeanne d'Arc Blvd. to the road
servicing the park and ride.
concerns will also be addressed by means of a graduated
site plan approval process which will require a separate
traffic impact study for each block of buildings, and
a separate vote of both the planning committee and city
council. There is also an expectation that a large number
of the new residents will use public transit and potentially
traffic flow will also be mitigated by a central road
running north-south through the centre of the development.
Ward Coun. Bob Monette supports the modified proposal
as a streetscape, however, he's reserving his future support
as each block of buildings comes up for site plan approval.
been a lot of meetings and a lot of proposals put forward.
Is this the best proposal? No, I think ideally I would
have liked to have seen all the land as employment, but
I also believe that there is a factor that we have to
move forward and we have to maximize the land we have,"
view the sub-division proposal and related site plan drawings
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