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New Château Laurier expansion proposal to go to city committees Friday

If approved, the plan will go before Ottawa City Council on February 24.
2018-02-28 Chateau Laurier MV
Chateau Laurier, February 28, 2018. (Photo/ Mike Vlasveld)

After years of back and forth, the latest proposal for an expansion to the historic Château Laurier is set to go before a couple of Ottawa city committees.

City staff have previously recommended that the planning committee and built heritage sub-committee approve the plan, which calls for a two-tower expansion, 10 and 11 stories respectively, connected by a two-storey base. 

Like the current hotel, the expansion will also be built using limestone.

Once approved by the committees, the proposal will then go before Ottawa City Council for a final decision on February 24.

Previous iterations of the expansion drew criticism from the likes of comedian Tom Green and Heritage Ottawa, who have deemed the new plan 'acceptable' after working with the hotel owners to come to a solution.

The current proposal did not go without attracting negative feedback from fringe groups, with one of them continuing to send releases to the media.

"The group says that the City of Ottawa staff report fails to recognize the sentiment of the general public to retain the hotel's heritage image," one of the releases reads.

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