The Booth Street campus is located between Orangeville, Rochester and Norman Streets in Ottawa, Ontario, and occupies an entire city block 15 minutes southwest from Parliament Hill. The property is close to transit, the highway and has good pedestrian and cycling connections.
Canada Lands Company acquired the 6.5-acre (2.5 hectares) site from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) in October 2015.
The site is fully developed with seven vacant buildings that range in height from two-to-four storeys with a surface parking lot which includes approximately 327 leased parking spaces.
Five of the seven buildings have a ‘recognized’ designation from the Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office (“FHBRO”) (Appendix 2). These five buildings also appear on the City of Ottawa’s Heritage Reference List. The rationale for heritage designation of these buildings is their relevance to the development of Canada’s mining and energy industries, through the research and development performed by the former Department of Mines and Energy. The site has a large collection of buildings designed by Werner Ernst Noffke, a local renowned architect of the past century.
Canada Lands recognizes the importance of heritage commemoration and preservation where possible in its developments. Following a collaborative public engagement process that included participation from community members, local stakeholders and the City of Ottawa, Canada Lands Company presented a preferred design concept in 2018. The concept was approved by the City of Ottawa's Planning Committee in February 2019, and full council approval is expected later this year.
The concept envisions a vibrant mixed-use community hub that carries forward the historic significance of the site to define its future and prioritizes walkability, sustainable design and a diversity of uses. Seven buildings will be preserved including the central heating plant and smokestack which is not federally or municipally designated but was seen as an important landmark by the local community. The plan was unanimously approved by Ottawa City Council in February 2019. In fact, the City praised CLC for its thoughtful approach to public consultation.
Canada Lands will soon begin its remediation and demolition program of buildings and land.
Canada Lands Company is pleased to invite you to an information meeting regarding its Booth Street property. Join us to learn about Canada Lands, what it does and how it operates, as well as receive information regarding the upcoming consultation process for the redevelopment of the Booth Street site. If you plan to attend we would appreciate notice through an RSVP.
Light refreshments will be served. Thank you.
Date: January 24, 2017
Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm
Location: St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall (523 St Anthony St, Ottawa)