Wednesday, January 22, 2014

LeBreton Flats Revitalization

Very interesting stuff below on the revitalization of LeBreton Flats. This is an exciting area as it couples with the Ottawa LRT project.

By revitalizing the LeBreton Flats, the NCC is reclaiming one of the last and most beautiful waterfront sites in Canada’s Capital. The goal is to make the Flats an extension of the Capital’s core area, while keeping the neighbourhood’s welcoming and dynamic character. Design guidelines will ensure the quality and functionality of new developments, now and in the future.

The Plan for LeBreton Flats

The LeBreton Flats revitalization project focuses on:
  • the pedestrian experience;
  • iconic national institutions;
  • sustainable development;
  • a mixed-use community and
  • green spaces.

The Pedestrian Experience

The pedestrian experience is key to redeveloping this central Ottawa neighbourhood. As such, the community will feature:
  • on- and off-street pedestrian and bike routes,
  • convenient access to Ottawa’s Transitway,
  • wider landscaped sidewalks,
  • narrower streets,
  • seating, and
  • weather protection along retail frontages.
The focus is on street-level activity and all new commercial and residential development will be geared to the human scale. Green space, pathways and national symbols will form a magnificent backdrop for the Flats.

Iconic National Institutions

The central location of the Flats makes it an ideal location for national museums. The 40,000-square-metre Canadian War Museum and adjacent park was finished in May 2005.

Sustainable Development

The NCC has prepared a sustainable development framework to guide current and future development of the Flats. Many sustainable technologies are already being used at LeBreton Flats. These include:
  • using grass roofing on the Canadian War Museum, which improves outside air quality, provides insulation for the building and reduces energy consumption and noise.
  • using river water to cool the Canadian War Museum.
  • using the cooling water discharge to water the landscaped public areas.
Office and residential buildings must meet a minimum green building rating of LEED Canada Silver. These guidelines include:
  • storm water management to reduce sediment discharge and to control erosion
  • water conservation through restrictive flow devices
  • energy-code requirements in building design
  • resource-efficient materials for construction
  • mandatory waste recycling
  • construction materials that contribute to healthy indoor air quality.

Mixed-use Community

People will be able to live, work and play within LeBreton Flats. It will be a mixed-use community with residential, commercial and office buildings.

Varied Housing

The mix of housing types, sizes and prices will create a socially diverse neighbourhood that is expected to become a dynamic and vital community. About 4,000 to 4,500 residential units will be developed in the Flats.

Street-level Retail Businesses

Up to 20,000 square metres of retail space will be developed in LeBreton Flats. On Booth Street, shops and businesses will open onto the street, adding to the pedestrian experience.

Office Space

Between 80,000 and 90,000 square metres of office space will be developed in the Flats.

Green Spaces

Forty percent of the revitalized LeBreton Flats will be green spaces. This includes:
  • a festival park that holds up to 40,000 people and is a place where people can relax and enjoy views of the Ottawa River and Parliament Hill
  • riverfront parkland
  • public space and recreational paths along the 19th-century aqueduct
  • a municipal park.

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