Ottawa Citizen

Controvers­ial developmen­t in Vanier gets committee OK

Claridge project must still be approved by new council Accident victim identified Men put at killing scene


The president of Claridge Homes vowed yesterday to build two “ beautiful” highrise apartment buildings on the edge of a residentia­l Vanier neighbourh­ood, as the city’s environmen­t and planning committee approved his company’s controvers­ial developmen­t plan for 100 Landry St.

“ This is a tower going up 24 floors. It gives more sleekness. They are beautiful buildings. This is going to be a beautiful project,” said Bill Malhotra.

But Claridge’s opponents said they’ll continue fighting the project, which can only go forward if it wins the approval of the full council on Nov. 22.

And they warned the current ward councillor, Georges Bédard, may not survive that long on council, if voters take out their anger at him when they go to the ballot box on Nov. 13.

“ A 25- storey tower is going to disfigure that little community,” said John Nolan, president of the South of Beechwood Community Associatio­n. “ There’s various members of our executive who are working for the rival’s campaign. … We want a councillor in place who’s going to support our community.” Provincial police identified the man killed in a machine shop accident on Monday as Ian McIntosh, 65, of Chestervil­le. Mr. McIntosh died working with in a shop on Gypsy Lane in North Dundas Township. Yesterday, two men, aged 33 and 39, suffered minor injuries when an eight- metre scaffold came in contact with power lines at the R. O. Pickard Environmen­tal Centre on Green Creek Drive at about 1: 05 p. m. yesterday.

Claridge’s proposed developmen­t includes one 25- storey and one 24storey apartment tower; a nine- storey retirement home; five three- storey, walk- up apartment blocks; and 76 townhomes. Claridge wants to build the dwellings on a vacant lot, bordered by the Vanier Parkway to the south and Landry Street — a quiet, residentia­l street — to the north.

The site plan and necessary zoning changes were approved unanimousl­y by the environmen­t and planning committee, after a rousing speech from Mr. Bédard, who said the developmen­t would be good for his ward.

“ There’s nothing new been built in Vanier for years, and this may very well be the push that is required,” Mr. Bédard said. “ The community is very upset, very upset with the developmen­t because it’s upsetting to see change. But it is my estimation, after looking at it, it will be a positive change for the area.”

Mr. Bédard said he’s not concerned about losing votes for supporting the project, because he believes it is the right thing to do.

But Bruce McConville, who is running against Mr. Bédard, said he would not vote in favour of the developmen­t: “ For me, the big issue is the density, which obviously is going to lead to more traffic congestion, which is one of the major problems in this ward.” Two women who worked the coat check the night Apaid Noel was shot in front of the Theatre nightclub in February 1998 testified the accused were at the club before the shooting. Sylvie Boland recalled accused Robert Sarrazin, 34, checking his coat about 10: 30 p. m, while her co- worker, Suzanne Legault, 29, told the seconddegr­ee murder trial she took a jacket from a man she identified as the co- accused Darlind Jean, 35.

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