Claridge joins in on Westboro's condo rush

Not content to leave the development riches of Westboro all to Ashcroft, it seems that Claridge has gained a toehold at the corner of Kirkwood and Richmond Rd, with a proposal currently in place to redevelop the existing commercial space into a mixed use project of 241 condos, ranging in height from 6 to 9 storeys.

As a local I'll come out and say that I don't feel good about this plan, having watched so many independent enterpreneurs relocate elsewhere as older commercial and light industrial spaces are re-developed, and leases skyrocket accordingly.

The irony is that it changes the fabric of a community significantly, and is a loss of the very diversity and mix that make these older neighbourhoods so much more appealing than life in suburban sub-divisions. Fingers crossed that urban life in Ottawa isn't destined to be the domain of Starbucks and Shoppers Drug Mart.