Church’s condo plan could mar canal views, neighbours fear; Laura Osman; CBC

Canada – Rideau Canal

Southminster United Church proposing 6-storey condo, townhouses.

Ottawa city councillors have asked a landmark church in Old Ottawa South to lower the height  of a proposed condo development over fears it could ruin the view from the Rideau Canal.

Southminster United Church, which sits at the foot of the Bank Street Bridge alongside the canal, wants to demolish an ageing addition and replace it with a six-storey condo building and four three-storey townhouses, a redevelopment it says isnecessary to ensure the congregation’s financial survival.

But some members of the community say the height of the condo building will tarnish the view from the Rideau Canal because it will be visible over the treeline.

There are no city rules around the treeline along the canal and the height of buildings. City staff actually recommended committee approve the project.

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