Future of CFB Rockcliffe now in city’s hands

The community design plan for the redevelopment of the former CFB Rockcliffe base is being submitted to city staff Friday following two years of public consultation.

“We expect to get in front of the City of Ottawa planning committee and city council in January or February of next year,” said Don Schultz, the Canada Lands Company’s director of real estate for CFB Rockcliffe.

They’ve received a lot of public support for the general direction of the plan, he said.

The company purchased the former military base three years ago for $27.2 million.

It had been run by the Department of National Defence and is now billed as one of Ottawa’s most significant community building initiatives.

The company intends to transform the 310-acre site into a new urban community, housing an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 residents.

They’re looking at 5,200 to 5,500 residential units in addition to plans for office and mixed use development, said Schultz.

Commercial development is “fairly flexible,” he added.

“It’s going to really depend a lot on the market interest.”

Roughly one-third of the land area of the site would be considered low-rise, or up to four storeys.

Mid-rise, mostly the mixed use areas, are up to nine storeys.

“There are just a couple of relatively small areas on the sort of east and west corners of the plan, where there is provision for some high-rise up to, more or less, 20 storeys,” said Schultz.

The company announced a collaboration with La Cite Collegiale Thursday, giving students and faculty hands-on opportunities.

“Such learning experiences are an asset to our students, since they contribute to prepare them more adequately to join the labour market where they will be able to excel,” said college president Lise Bourgeois.

The informal partnership, based on the principles of sustainable development, anticipates participation from technology and skilled trades students.

A plan dubbed Rockcliffe Landing was pitched in 2006, projecting a community of 5,000 housing units, plus retail outlets and offices in eight neighbourhoods.

While the current vision boasts similarities, “that name is no longer in use,” said Schultz, noting a new name hasn’t been selected.

Regardless, the plan must receive the go-ahead from the city in order for development to proceed.

Schultz said a public consultation report is being translated to French and will be posted at clcrockcliffe.ca

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PROJECTED TIMELINE PENDING CITY APPROVAL

2015: Infrastructure (roads, sewers, sidewalks, parks)

2016: Home construction

2017: First occupancy

Source: Canada Lands Company

http://www.ottawasun.com/2014/06/26/future-of-cfb-rockcliffe-now-in-citys-hands

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