Starting with a blank piece of drafting paper, the options for Canoe Bay were almost endless. To make sure the project stayed true to the vision the ground rules were set. The end product had to . . .
- Be a community for people 50+
- Provide multiple housing options, different tenure choices and varying price points to suit varying budgets
- Allow residents to stay within the community as needs changed
- Offer services and retail to suit not only the people living at Canoe Bay but its neighbours as well
- And, above all, be a valuable, contributing member of the neighbourhood, an active hub where people could gather to walk its paths, play in its park and enjoy its amenities
The land on which Canoe Bay is to be located has been home to many great memories for neighbourhood residents, who have played on it, walked its grounds and perhaps even sent their children to school on it. People are at the heart of this neighbourhood and, having lived in the community for many years, they have some strongly held views on what would be best on the site.
We’ve received some great counsel on what would make the project of the most value to the community. Things like setting the higher-storied seniors’ apartment building and retirement residence into the centre of the project so as not to obstruct neighbours’ views, allowing access to complex amenities such as a swimming pool and meeting rooms, attracting retail that would be of the greatest use, and working with the city to plan the most effective use of the park space.
We’re pleased to present a vision of Canoe Bay that encompasses so many of the elements suggested by our new neighbours.
The Grand Plan
Take one inspired vision, add unbridled creative & enthusiasm and combine it with municipal & neighbourhood input and the result is a plan that we feel is a winner. While there are still many decisions to be made, the 10.6 acres of the Riverside property are planned to include:
Twenty-six 1- and 2-storey townhomes in groups of four to six units. There will be ten one storey townhomes that you enter on the main floor. There will be eight townhomes that are at the back of the property where the townhomes are actually built into the hill; in this case, the resident enters at the lower level (where the garage is) and walks up to the main floor. There may be an option for an elevator with this model. Lastly, there will be eight two storey townhomes where you enter on the main floor; each will have an elevator. These will be a purchase option and we’re exploring the possibility of offering services such as housekeeping, an emergency response system (like Lifeline) and home monitoring for those who travel.
Thirty-six apartment flats located in three low-rise 3-storey buildings on the east side of the property. These will be small buildings with a friendly feel and only four apartments per floor, each of which comes with underground parking.
Forty-eight loft apartments located above the retail space situated along Riverside Drive. The lofts will be 1- and 2-bedroom units, all with terraces and underground parking and many with an amazing view of Mooney’s Bay.
The 265 1- and 2-bedroom apartments in the six-storey building that will form part of the centre court are expected to be extremely popular. They’ll feature full kitchens, a variety of layouts, and many will have balconies and views of the Bay.
The 265-suite retirement residence will be located in the centre court of Canoe Bay beside the seniors’ apartment and will feature mostly reasonably priced studios. It will be the ideal option for those wanting additional services such as housekeeping, meals, recreation and care & support services to meet their individual needs.
The seniors’ apartment and retirement residence provide some great opportunities to design amenity spaces that will be of use to our residents – and the community. Planned amenity areas include a spa/wellness area with a pool, two pubs, two courtyards, fitness areas, a dining room, a café/bistro, activity/meeting rooms, an intimate home theatre room.
The retailers chosen will be in keeping with the needs of the community. This may include a coffee shop, pharmacy, physiotherapist, doctor’s office and other useful services.
1.5 acres of green space will be devoted to walking paths and a park The City of Ottawa is eager to hear resident thoughts on how to make this the most useful space possible.