There has been much debate over the condo that has been approved to be built at 2 The Parkway in Beaverbrook. The seven-storey, 95 unit condo has been approved by the city council as of yesterday. It is planned to be located where the old postal office is next to Earl of March Secondary School. The lot is at the intersection of Teron Road and The Parkway, right across the street from where another lot was developed from a gas station to townhomes a few years ago. Having grown up in the area I am interested in how this condo will change the neighbourhood.
That being said, high rises already exist in Beaverbrook. The Atriums is right down the street from the postal office at 960 Teron Road. Built in 1984 this 194 unit building is now a landmark. Going further down the road there is the Varley Apartment with eight-storeys and 90 units.
Over the years there has been an on going feel of development. I recall when Kanata Centrum was acres and acres of farmer’s fields. I can remember hearing that a Walmart was going to be put it. I don’t remember how I felt about it at the time, I was very young, but I definitely benefited from all the amenities Centrum now has to offer.
I went to Earl of March for high school. I took the eight-minute footpath that travelled through green parks and tall hedges from my backyard to school. When I think of Beaverbrook I think of my family, close friends and the hedges. Hedge fences separated nearly all of the houses on my street.
In the 1960s Bill Teron, the original master planner for Kanata, designed Beaverbrook as a garden community with lots of open spaces. I find it still remains true to this concept. All of the existing condo buildings in the area match the feeling and look of the neighbourhood’s earthy neutral colours and mid century modern style.
Teron feels that Beaverbrook is not the place for this condo, he thinks it should be closer to Highway 417. Others are saying that the community needs to adapt and have smaller lots for newer generations and it seems that the condo meets those requirements. The Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association is now debating whether to file its own appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board.
I think it is important that Beaverbrook stays true to its design, and I hope the tall, fifty year old trees stay rooted, the hedges get trimmed and that kids can walk to school with the beautiful scenery that I did.
For further reading on the condo’s development:
- The Ottawa Citizen – January 23 2013 http://bit.ly/YpNI5E
- EMC – Junaury 17 2013 http://bit.ly/WiqThs
- The Ottawa Citizen – January 14 2013 http://bit.ly/11U8XgT
Tags: Mid-Century Modern Ottawa, Ottawa Community, Ottawa Condo Market, The John King Team Ottawa
This post was written by Carolanne