The days are numbered for an overgrown and underdeveloped lot at the south-west corner of Ogilvie Road and Cummings Avenue, as a proposal to build approximately 85 townhomes on the site moves closer to a reality.
The Cyrville area currently has few homes but many empty lots, office buildings and retail garages. The area is part of the city’s larger transit-oriented development study, which calls for intensification along the new light-rail line. The study, approved by city council in November has been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board, but the development at Ogilvie and Cummings is exempt. The transit oriented development study examines how pedestrian-oriented land use can best be implemented near a rapid-transit station.
“That site is exempt because the developer plans on staying within the designated R3 zoning (Residential Third Density Zone), they didn’t want to hold up development,” said Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney.
The townhome development will be a stone’s throw away from Cyrville station.
In an email, city planner Simon Deiaco confirmed the Ogilvie/Cummings site and another site, 1080 Ogilvie Rd/1113-7 Cyrville Rd. - a new car dealership - are both going ahead as planned.
“The proposed development is taking advantage of the planning policy regime that encourages dense, well designed, transit-oriented development that advances the strategic direction of the city,” Deiaco wrote.
He added the new community is a great example of an underdeveloped and underutilized parcel in the city evolving alongside the expansion of transit.
The councillor agreed.
“I have had many complaints over the years that this area is an eyesore, but this will change that. It will be a real gateway and clean it up,” Tierney said.
The 12.5-kilometre east-west rail system, dubbed the Confederation Line, will run from Tunney's Pasture in the west to Blair Road in the east and include a tunnel downtown between Bronson Avenue to a location just east of the Rideau Centre.
The Ogilvie/Cummings site is owned by a numbered company, 6770967 Canada Inc. and Barry J. Hobin and Associates Inc. is the architect. Tierney said he loves the proposal.
“It is gorgeous. For an area that really could use some development, it’s fantastic,” he said.
Tierney added his office has not heard of any opposition to the development.
“This development is so close to the transit system. It’s a prime location,” Tierney said.
The townhouses will have a separate entrance off Cummings Avenue. There, pockets of six to 10 units will be developed on small, private streets. A play structure is planned within the development and a new park will be constructed on the south corner of Cummings Avenue. Tierney said the park is integral for the development.
“The park is very important and needed for the area,” he said.
Across the road from the new development is an eight-storey apartment building; down the road is a condominium development, Place de Governeurs. Tierney said he sees this new townhouse development and the planned proposal for the car dealership on Cyrville as the start of a new era for the neighbourhood.