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Affordable housing, a new park has prioritized the priorities for LeBreton Flats, says the city of Ottawa

Affordable housing, a new park has prioritized the priorities for LeBreton Flats, says the city of Ottawa

The city of Ottawa wants to see affordable housing and a 2.5-acre park with an outdoor ice rink and pickleball courts included in the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats.

A report to the Planning Committee outlines the City of Ottawa’s wish list for community services at LeBreton Flats, as the National Capital Commission develops the site west of downtown Ottawa over the next 30 years.

NCC seeks to develop 29 acres of land on LeBreton Flats with 4,000 new homes, premises and parks and open spaces. The new building in the Ottawa Public Library-Library and Archives Canada is being built on LeBreton Flats.

One of the city’s priorities is a $ 6 million 2.5-acre municipal park at LeBreton Flats. The staff wants the park to include an illuminated sports field with artificial turf, an outdoor ice rink, pickleball courts, splash pad, a small dog park off the leash and a building.

The community building with bathrooms, conversion facilities, multifunctional program room and storage space would cost $ 3 million.

When it comes to affordable housing on LeBreton Flats, 25 percent of the units must be affordable apartments. The report says the options to cover the cost of affordable housing on the site west of downtown Ottawa include offering land to nonprofit housing sector partners at low or nominal cost to build affordable housing and strategies to support the inclusion of affordable rental units.

City staff recommend that Ottawa prioritize the following societal benefits within the “Pimisi Station and LeBreton Flats District”:

Capital and inclusion

  • Affordable housing
  • Housing units for large households
  • Space for non-profit purposes
  • Childcare
  • Native recognition and presence

Local economy

  • Food access
  • Community holder

Sustainability and robustness

  • Sustainable and resilient site and building design

Mobility

  • Active transport
  • Accessibility considerations

Parks and facilities

  • Municipal park with fields and equipment
  • Municipal community building
  • Aquatics, Recreation or Major Events Center

Public realm:

  • Minimum wooden canopy
  • Available public toilets Wayfinding signage
  • Preservation, restoration and improvement of cultural heritage bridges and aqueduct

City staff hosted a workshop with members of the LeBreton Flags Community Benefits Coalition in December to develop the list of community benefit projects.

Next summer, a report will be presented with a funding method for paying the city’s priorities, including development fees or area-specific charges for the public area, and municipal contributions for the provision of affordable housing.

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