900 Albert is envisioned to be a model of what a mixed-use, transit-oriented development should be.
900 Albert Street is located at the southwest corner of Albert Street and City Centre Avenue. The site abuts the east side of the existing O-Train (Trillium Line) corridor and Bayview Station. Bayview Station is the current northern terminus of the Trillium Line and will become the intersection of the Confederation and Trillium Lines with the opening of the Confederation Line in 2018.
Directly to the north is LeBreton Flats. LeBreton represents one of Ottawa’s greatest opportunities for urban infill and redevelopment. The currently vacant lands will be transformed to create an excellent mixed-use, transit-oriented development district to complement surrounding areas., and facilitate the western extension of the City’s central area.
The surrounding Centretown West and Hintonburg neighbourhoods are established communities with a mix of uses and housing types, with retail and service uses generally concentrated along the Wellington Street West/Somerset Street spine. Bayview Yards, located northwest of the site, represents another large redevelopment opportunity in proximity to Bayview Station. The City of Ottawa is currently investing in an Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards that, when complete, will be a dynamic place that brings together innovators, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, investors and community members to harness creativity and imagination.
The development proposal for 900 Albert has been modified based on input from City staff, the community, and the ward Councilors. Three (3) residential towers of 44, 48, and 46 storeys respectively will top two separate podiums of 10 storeys and 3 storeys each. The greatest total building height proposed is 59 storeys. Parking will be provided in three and a half underground levels and two above-grade levels. Access to the site would be from Albert Street.
Direct pedestrian connections to Bayview Station are provided from the galleria in the west podium, below the Albert Street bridge, and pedestrian connection from City Centre Drive through the site to the multi-use pathway along the Trillium Line will be provided along the south edge of the site. Vehicular access is provided at two driveways along Albert Street.
In total, approximately 1,632 residential units are proposed with 10,864 square metres of retail uses and 17,442 square metres of office uses.