Shovels hit the ground on affordable housing project in Centretown
Posted Oct 17, 2023 12:10:29 PM.
Last Updated Oct 17, 2023 01:13:37 PM.
Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) broke ground on a new 273-unit affordable housing building at 820 Gladstone Avenue on Monday, Oct. 16.
It’s the next phase of Mosaïq Ottawa and will feature mid-rise residential buildings along Gladstone Avenue and Rochester Street, and low-rise townhomes along Booth Street.
Mosaïq Ottawa will provide a total of 413 affordable homes once this next phase of 273 homes is complete.
“Ottawa is taking significant steps to expand access to affordable housing,” said Ottawa Mayor Mark Sutcliffe during the groundbreaking ceremony. “Through our partnership with OCH, I am excited to be a part of the groundbreaking of another project that will further boost the availability of affordable housing for those in need within our city. This is a remarkable example of collaboration, working together to achieve our shared objective of reducing chronic homelessness by creating both affordable housing and housing with essential support services here in Ottawa.”
This phase of Mosaïq Ottawa includes non-residential spaces dedicated to commercial rentals, community services, and innovative work/live units. It is also an environmentally responsible development that integrates Passive House design and sustainable features to minimize energy costs and carbon footprint. It also prioritizes seniors, accessibility, and barrier-free housing.
“We are thrilled to break ground on this next phase of Mosaïq Ottawa, marking a significant milestone in OCH’s journey to redefine affordable housing,” said Stéphane Giguère, OCH’s chief executive officer (CEO). “It exemplifies OCH’s unwavering commitment to innovation, sustainability, and community. With these 273 new affordable homes, we’re now bringing the total number of affordable homes to 413 as part of Mosaïq Ottawa, showcasing our dedication to innovative housing solutions and effective partnerships with all levels of government to meet the growing demand. Through developments like Mosaïq Ottawa, OCH is creating more than a home; it’s building communities where individuals can thrive.”