Château Laurier Addition

Photo Credits: Château Laurier: Julie Oliver, Ottawa Citizen. Proposed North Addition: architectsAlliance (2019). Compositing Credit, Buildings: Barry Padolsky Associates Inc Architects (2019)

HERITAGE OTTAWA

At the Special Meeting of Ottawa City Council on July 11, the motion for reconsideration of the Château Laurier addition failed by a vote of 10 yays to 13 nays.  The conditional heritage permit granted by Ottawa City Council last year was not rescinded.  CLICK HERE to view the meeting (starts at 4:00). 

Heritage Ottawa and Friends of the Château Laurier will continue to advocate for an appropriate addition to the Château Laurier.  Stay tuned...

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Update / July 10, 2019

A motion of reconsideration for the Château Laurier addition will be considered at a Special Meeting of Ottawa City Council on July 11 at 2:00 pm.  CLICK HERE for the meeting agenda.

Update / June 26, 2019

IT'S NOT OVER!

CONTACT THE MAYOR AND OTTAWA CITY COUNCILLORS BEFORE JULY 10!

Councillor Mathieu Fleury tabled his "notice of motion" at the June 26 meeting of Ottawa City Council. The motion passed by a narrow vote of 12-10. 

As a result, Council has the opportunity to stop the proposed Château Laurier addition at its next meeting on July 10 by supporting Councillor Fleury's motion. If the motion passes by a majority, the conditional Heritage Permit for the currently proposed addition, granted by Council last year, will be void.

CLICK HERE to read the City of Ottawa Memo circulated on July 5 to Mayor Watson and all city councillors, outlining the city's assessment of potential legal implications of rescinding the heritage permit.

CLICK HERE to read the legal letter sent July 8 by Michael S. Polowin, Gowling WLG to Mayor Jim Watson on behalf of Friends of the Château Laurier.

Your voice matters! 

We encourage all concerned citizens to contact the Mayor and City Councillors before July 10, and ask them to support the motion to rescind the heritage permit for this inappropriate, visually incompatible addition to the Château Laurier hotel. 

Follow this link to directly contact Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa city councillors by phone or email: https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/mayor-and-city-councillors .

Support for Councillor Fleury's motion on July 10 has been publicly indicated by Councillors Catherine McKenney, Jeff Leiper, Riley Brockington, Rawlson King, Diane Deans and Shawn Menard via their Twitter accounts and elsewhere. Thank you, Councillors, for your leadership on this important heritage issue!

CLICK HERE to read Heritage Ottawa's statement of May 25, 2019 in response to the latest proposed design for the Château Laurier addition.

View renderings of the latest proposed addition from a variety of key vantage points.

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