Out with the old, in with the new…

The former site of the Main Garage on the corner of Gladstone and Kent St has been demolished to make way for the Centropolis condo project:

Being a former gas station, excavation will require the removal of all contaminated soil and an environmental bill of health from the province before construction can start. At 4 storeys tall, this will be wood frame construction and add 121 condos to mid-town Ottawa, in my opinion a neighbourhood to watch.

An interesting side note: Claridge sought to develop this site in 2002, applying to the City for a variance which would permit 11-storeys, on a site zoned for five. The ensuing outcry saw the project cancelled and Claridge moved north a few blocks to build The Strand on the corner of Somerset and Kent, perhaps their most popular condo to date.