Higher den­sity

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Am­per­sand is a 400-me­tre walk to the tran­sit sta­tion and the trip down­town would take about 40 min­utes, says Stir­ling.

It’s likely Am­per­sand will be de­vel­oped in two chunks.

The first phase, north of Chap­man Mills Drive, will cover 15 hectares of land and fea­ture 1,100 units. The sec­ond phase, to be lo­cated south of Chap­man Mills Drive, will also cover about 15 hectares and see con­struc­tion of an ad­di­tional 1,100 apart­ments and ter­races.

The build­ings, which have been de­signed by Ot­tawa ar­chi­tect Barry Hobin, have been in the devel­op­ment stage for four years, while Minto has been build­ing in Chap­man Mills since the ‘90s, says ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent Robert Green­berg.

“When we were do­ing the master plan for Chap­man Mills and the RioCan mall got de­vel­oped, we al­ways meant to have a higher den­sity area,” says Green­berg, adding it will of­fer an af­ford­able al­ter­na­tive to down­town condo liv­ing.

“There is noth­ing like this in the city,” says Stir­ling. “It is unique to the Ot­tawa mar­ket­place. It is an ur­ban form of com­mu­nity in the sub­urbs.

“We have talked a lot about in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion and smart growth and now we are do­ing some­thing about it. We are build­ing it.”

Am­per­sand will be a green leader, meet­ing stan­dards for a LEEDS (Lead­er­ship in En­ergy and En­vi­ron­men­tal De­sign) com­mu­nity, since it will be po­si­tioned close to pub­lic trans­porta­tion, shop­ping and schools.

The gallery suites will fea­ture 14 apart­ments in four-storey build­ings made of wood, con­structed on a con­crete slab and fea­tur­ing an el­e­va­tor. Plans call for 112 apart­ments to be built in the first phase.

There will be an­other six build­ings of ter­race town­homes, with a va­ri­ety of units. The small­est build­ing will have 16 ter­race homes and the largest will have 32 ter­race homes in a lowrise build­ing with un­der­ground park­ing. Minto es­ti­mates 280 ter­race homes will be built in the first phase.

“Devel­op­ment all de­pends on the mar­ket,” says Mar­cel Denomme, Minto’s di­rec­tor of land devel­op­ment. “There may be higher den­si­ties in the later phases.” And the mean­ing of Am­per­sand? “Am­per­sand is a mar­ket­ing name, but it is also the con­nec­tor,” says Shea. “It con­nects home to recre­ation, to rest and to ev­ery­thing you need in a com­mu­nity. It is a con­nec­tion to all things in your life that are im­por­tant.”

The first own­ers are ex­pected to move in late in 2011.

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