DALHOUSIE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
755 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, Ontario,
Mr. Peter HumeChair, Planning Committee110 Laurier Avenue WestOttawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1April 8
Dear Mr. Hume:
Re: 505 Preston St.
Please find below comments from the Dalhousie Community Association (DCA) concerning the proposeddevelopment and 505 Preston St.
, the “Icon” by Claridge. We have a number of concerns about this
development and the proposed distribution of section 37 benefits.The DCA is happy to see that the sidewalk is effectively being widened around the building. This will helpimprove the pedestrian experience at the southern end of Preston St. The presence of mature trees willalso reinforce this, providing shade and providing natural traffic calming. Care should be taken to makesure that they can survive and thrive. This includes protections at street level to prevent damage fromsnowplows and sufficient space below ground for an effective root structure to develop. We thussuggest that any basement or parking garage below the sidewalk be sufficiently deep to allow for this.We are concerned about the massing of the building
s tower. It should be reduced to come into line
with the city’s urban design review guideline
s. The absence of an off-street residential loading zone formoving into and out of the building is a major concern for the community association. There are alsoinsufficient provisions at the front of the building handling pickups and deliveries. These must beaddressed, preferably in the zoning, but alternately in the site plan.The DCA is concerned about the apportioning of Section 37 benefits from this project. The HickoryStreet pedestrian bridge will be an important addition to the pedestrian infrastructure of theneighbourhood, and we support that up to 40% of the funds from this project will be used to offset thecosts of this project. However, we strongly believe that it is inappropriate to dedicate most of theremainder of public benefit funds from this project to park space and other amenities on the west sideof the O-Train tracks and along Champagne Ave.Remaining funds should be used to purchase lands associated with the federal government complex at1010 Somerset St. to expand Plouffe Park. While a multi-use path on the west side of the O-train isdesirable in the long term, the city already owns this right of way. The sale of 1010 Somerset represents