OTTAWA—A proposal for a new Byward Market hotel with a connected condominium tower has residents putting up a fight. A project proposed by Claridge Homes will see the empty Union du Canada building on Dalhousie St. renovated with an additional six floors and new façade. As well, nearby bar the Honest Lawyer will be replaced with a 22-storey condo tower, according to the Ottawa Citizen.
Residents told the Citizen that the, already dense, traffic in the Market will be aggravated by a highly populated condo tower and hotel. Concerns of creating a high-rise district in the area were also voiced.
Ottawa city planners said the location of the Market is ideal for more population and increased walking traffic, and that a light-rail transit station is planned for a few blocks away. The planners said Claridge’s plan will improve the look of the buildings and give new use to the empty space.