What Ottawa is Talking About – 29 April 2022

29 April 2022

▪️The City’s Planning Committee declares part of the Carlington neighbourhood a ‘cultural heritage character area’ but not a ‘heritage district’. 400 prefabricated Cape Cod-style houses were built by Wartime Housing Limited to help alleviate a housing shortage in the late 40s. If the area was designated a heritage district, the homes would be protected from redevelopment unless explicit permission was gained. A cultural heritage character area has no legal meaning and doesn't change any re-development rules. City Council will need to approve the decision at an upcoming meeting but if they don't, nothing at all will be different. [CBC]

▪️IKEA is selling the shopping centre that it resides in. Pinecrest Mall has been owned by IKEA since 1993 but the Swedish giant wants to get out of the property management business. Ottawa's only IKEA won't be selling the land that the store actually resides upon and will remain where it is. A property expert says that running the centre was probably more trouble than it was worth for the worldwide chain. [Ottawa Business Journal

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