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Albert Street high rise gets go-ahead from city

Some councillors continued to speak out against a development project on Albert Street, which includes a 65-storey tower, before it was approved by City Council.
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Mock-up designs for a development at 900 Albert St., presented in December 2016. Photo/ City Councillor Jeff Leiper

Ottawa City Council hits its summer break having given the green light to a couple of developments, but not without some dissent.

Council approved waiving interest on deferred development charges for Broccolini Construction. It's been chosen to build the massive Amazon fulfilment centre going up south of Carlsbad Springs, at Boundary Road and Hwy 417.

That came after nearly an hour of discussion on a contentious condo and commercial development at 900 Albert St., that features a 65-storey tower.

Councillor Jeff Lieper, who opposed to the project, called council's decision disappointing.

"I think we have a real failure here to enhance the public realm, which is a failure to follow through on the planning principals and the design objectives that are in place in the Community Design Plan," he said.

Councillor Tobi Nussbaum also opposed the Albert Street project. He expressed concerns about public trust in the city adhering to its own planning documents, particularly in reference to publicly-consulted community development plans.

Mayor Jim Watson called the project a positive development, as it's to be built at a contaminated site that would have remained on the city's hands.

Council will not meet for another seven weeks.


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