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Chateau Laurier addition inches closer to approval

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Chateau Laurier addition inches closer to approval

OTTAWA — The City of Ottawa’s planning committee has approved a heritage permit for the seven-storey addition proposed at the rear of the Chateau Laurier Hotel.

The Chateau Laurier is protected under the Ontario Heritage Act. Over the past two years, the design for the addition has evolved based on feedback from residents, heritage and design professionals and city planning and heritage staff, states a council update on the city’s website.

Larco Investments, the property owner and project manager for the client Fairmont Chateau Laurier, unveiled a substantially scaled down design concept for its planned glass and steel addition to the nation’s iconic heritage structure in March after receiving pushback from the community on its original concept which included two wings of 11 and 12 storeys.

The latest design is lower than any previous versions and makes greater use of limestone and bronze to reflect the materials of the historic hotel, the report notes.

City staff consider the latest design consistent with the council-approved guidelines requiring additions to such properties be compatible with, but also distinguishable from, the historic building, the council update indicates.

The planning committee approved the permit, conditional on further design revisions through the site plan process, as recommended by the city’s Built Heritage sub-committee. Council will consider the report at its next meeting on July 11.

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