Developer to Present Plans for Partial Demolition of Convent Building at Open House

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Monday, December 11, 2017


Ashcroft Homes, owner of the Sisters of the Visitation Convent at 114 Richmond Road, is proposing to partially demolish the heritage-designated convent building and to encapsulate part of it in glass. The building would be repurposed for office tenants and mixed commercial uses.

The owners will present their proposed plans to the public at an open house on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 6-8 PM at the field house at the Van Lang Field House, 29 Van Lang Private. City staff will also be on hand to answer questions about process.

Significant community opposition to the plan is expected. Councillor Jeff Leiper, in whose ward the convent is located, has indicated that he will be guided by community feedback.

Ashcroft's plans are not yet available and it remains unclear what community uses will be proposed for the building. At this point, no application has been filed to the City of Ottawa to make these changes.

Heritage Ottawa encourages all concerned citizens to attend the open house and provide their feedback.


Related Reading:

Developer Plans to Partially Demolish Westboro Convent for Commercial Use / CBC Ottawa, December 8, 2017

50 Years | 50 Stories: Monastery of the Visitation (Westboro Convent) / Heritage Ottawa, Posted December 3, 2017


Heritage Ottawa will continue to advocate for preservation of this heritage-designated structure.