The Ontario Municipal Board has given its final blessing to a developer's proposal to build a "landmark" condominium tower in Ottawa, bringing an end to a drawnout affair over what will be built at the corner of Wellington Street West and Island Park Drive.
Mizrahi Developments initially wanted to construct a 12storey building at 1445 and 1451 Wellington St. W., but council turned down the project because the proposed height exceeded what the rules allow for that location.
The developer appealed the decision to the OMB, which gave it two options: Cap the building at nine storeys or demonstrate "landmark" architecture for the top of the building sufficient to persuade the board to allow 12 storeys.
The OMB's criteria for a building taller than nine storeys called for the addition of a distinctive, picturesque top that must "stand out by virtue of design" and contain an "element of wow."
Mizrahi's design, created by architect Henry Burstyn of the Toronto firm Page and Steele, shows a building with a pronounced bronze and copper roof and spire-topped corner tower.