OTTAWA — New rail stations east of downtown are almost as close to the core as West Wellington and Westboro and should soon see monster condo and office construction to match, the city said Monday in revealing plans aimed at guiding that development.
The $2.1-billion light rail system that’s due to start construction next year is a huge transit project between Tunney’s Pasture and Blair Road, said planning committee chairman and Alta Vista Councillor Peter Hume, but “what’s most important … is what it will cause to be built along that corridor. And I would argue that’s almost as important as the train itself.”
What it’ll cause to be built is condo and office towers as tall as 30 storeys next to rail stops by the Via train station and at Cyrville Road and St. Laurent Boulevard, if councillors approve mass zoning changes to be presented to city council’s planning committee next Tuesday. The Citizen first reported on the work at the end of last year. The goal is to get as many people as possible using the train, not just at rush hours but throughout the day and into the night.
“We’re creating an environment to make it as successful as it can be,” Hume said.