Is The Fourth Time The Charm?

City of Ottawa staff are recommending council approve a latest proposed addition to the iconic Chateau Laurier. In a report released late Monday, city staff said the proposed addition is better than the parking garage it will replace and that the latest version should be supported. Heritage Ottawa is not on board, calling the proposal “the most disgraceful act of heritage vandalism of our generation.” and that this latest version is not better than the others. The staff report notes that most residents wanted a historical addition and not the modern concept the company’s architect put forward.  The hotel’s owner, Larco Investments, has been trying to re-develop the garage for two years.  Three other potential designs for the addition were revealed to the public, but none of them received the support of city staff. (local files, CBC)

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