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Cathedral Hill, Ottawa

Cathedral Hill, Ottawa

Urban / Suburban / Vacation

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This prominent site is home to the historic Christ Church Cathedral, at the western edge of downtown Ottawa overlooking the leBreton flats and the Ottawa River.  It is a short walk to the downtown, the Parliament Buildings and the Byward Market.  From its lofty perch on the western escarpment of Centretown, the site commands a sweeping view of the Ottawa River and the Gatineau Hills beyond.  It is well served by local transit lines and adjacent to the linear bicycle path along the river.


ONE Development, as manager of the RPDI Fund, is developing Cathedral Hill in joint venture with Windmill Development of Ottawa. Through a long term land lease, the redevelopment will provide a much needed revenue source to the Church to allow it to sustain itself financially into the future.   Value will be added through the intensification of the site:  the underused surface parking lot and social hall will be replaced by a state of the art residential tower and office tower in response to current demand for well-located, high quality facilities in the Ottawa market.  


Windmill Developments, the lead partner in the joint venture, is Canada’s premier developer of sustainable communities, having completed projects such as Dockside Green and the Currents to a LEED Platinum standard.  Cathedral Hill will continue that commitment to sustainability with a design that provides superior energy performance, water conservation, enhanced comfort and a healthier indoor environment.


Cathedral Hill, Ottawa, OntarioThree historic buildings on the site--Christ Church Cathedral, Lauder Hall and Roper House-- will be maintained and restored.  The existing courtyard adjacent to the cathedral will be enlarged and enhanced and will form the focus of the new mixed-use development which will consist of street related townhomes, the residential tower and the office tower.  The new buildings will be designed to protect views to the Cathedral and the other historic buildings, reinforce the streetscape along Sparks and Queen Street, provide a sheltered courtyard for both the Church and the residences and maintain the principal views of the neighbouring buildings.  The residential tower will feature a wide variety of suite types, a wintergarden and rooftop amenity space.  Sustainability will be “built in” to the building envelope design to respond effectively to seasonal solar incidence and micro-climate conditions.

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