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Carlington Community Health Centre

The Carlington Community Health Centre (CCHC) is a Health and Social Service hub located at 900 Merivale Road. CCHC has partnered with the Ottawa Community Housing Corporation (OCHC) to propose a building that would add a residential housing component to the existing health and social service hub.

The housing is geared towards seniors who want to age-in-place and have access to health and social services as needed. Part of this project incorporated an expansion of the existing health services currently provided. 

The property is located on the south side of Coldrey Avenue, and on the west side of Merivale Road. The current facility is a three storey building and has a gross building area of 17,999.96 sq. ft. (1,672.25 m2) which contains program areas and ancillary office space.

There was a demand for increased programming space and therefore a portable building unit was located at the rear of the building. However, both the administrative areas and program areas were in need of additional space. 

The eastern part of the site adjacent to Merivale Road is designated as Traditional Mainstreet in the City of Ottawa Official Plan. The western section is designated as General Urban Area. The entire site was zoned I1A H(15) - Light Institutional, subzone A, with a maximum permitted height limit of 15 metres. This zone did not permit residential uses and therefore a Zoning By-law Amendment was required. 

Christine McCuaig worked with CCHC and OCHC to prepare a Planning Rationale in support of the proposed rezoning and acted as the Project Manager throughout this planning process. 

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