Bells Corners condos

In boutique-inspired condo living at Gow’s we speculated about the cost of the 23 units, which may be occupied as early as next summer. What’s your guess?

The smallest unit is almost $300K, so none of the many retail workers on the strip will be moving in any time soon.
The most expensive is under $450K.
Add in another $25K if you want a parking spot.
A storage locker with indoor parking for your bike will add $5K.
Don’t forget property taxes and condo fees of 40 cents/sq.ft plus $30 for parking (per month). Each unit has its own gas furnace and air conditioner, so everyone pays their own utilities.
Bells Corners needs more residents but not much is happening apart from empty promises from the councillor. The problem-plagued stacked townhouse project between the new mosque and the legion was the last time housing units were added in Bells Corners, which helps explain why our population has decreased in the past 5 years.
Is everybody happy with the Gow’s project at the former restaurant site? Several groups (affected nearby residents and businesses) are opposing the developer’s plans.
They oppose allowing the developer to provide less than the required number of parking spaces and the other variances he is asking for, arguing that they don’t want more parking and traffic problems on their street. Already some of these Lynwood Village residents have no-parking-any-time zones in front of their homes, a privilege virtually no one else is denied.
One resident argued that the bizarre Northside intersection will become even more chaotic, congested and dangerous because of the new development. I guess their argument is “Bells Corners condos are good, but this is the wrong spot for them. NIMBY please.” Many nearby residents are still bitter about how powerful business interests allegedly cooked up the back room deals that got the controversial intersection built in the first place, with Jan Harder drawing up the final plans on a paper napkin.
The first round went to the opponents of the boutique-inspired condos at the Committee of Adjustment hearing.
The next step is a public hearing on the site plan this spring. If, as expected, the developer wins the second round, then it’s full speed ahead getting people to open their wallets. So far four buyers (average age 50+) have reserved a unit – no stairs to climb! Two of the units have been staked out by Lynwood Village homeowners who want to downsize and stay in the neighbourhood. If you’re curious the sales center is open Wednesdays 3-7 and Sundays 1-5.

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11 Responses to Bells Corners condos

  1. margaret says:

    these do not affect me directly
    the external ‘look’ is quite interesting
    and would have no problem with it being in the Lynwood Centre or on the strip
    and if the latter even higher
    but this really is not the best site for this type of density
    so don’t say it’s NIMBY for even those who are adjacent to the site
    it’s just the wrong place

    and I think you’ll find that Jan had nothing to do with this intersection

    • Jay says:

      There are some who will say no to anything even if it makes a ton of sense.

    • Tim says:

      I was at the meeting where the vote on the intersection took place. They were to vote on the proposal as developed by the city planner. There were Nepean councillors who didn’t like that proposal and it was obvious that it was not going to pass. That was when Jan Harder stood up and started drawing on a white board. It was that ad hoc proposal that was voted on and the intersection was approved. Anything to get it passed.

      • Jayme says:

        That’s the thing – if it makes it to full council you could have Nepan/Kanata councillors say no but the rest say yes and it would be approved.

        – City councillors would never say no to a development like this. Only minor variances are required. Mr. Gow is not asking for a greater height than allowed by the current zoning – the four-story Northside condo building is well within what is currently allowed.

        Even if City Council turned 42 Northside down, the decision would be overruled by the province’s Ontario Municipal Board.

        The upcoming public hearing on the site plan is a chance for residents and businesses to make their case for altering this development. They can’t stop it but they might get a concession or two if they make good arguments.

        • Luke Chadwick says:

          At the end of the day, the owner and the City Councillor need to sign off on the agreed upon drawings and set of development conditions. Most people speak to the Planner assigned on the file and the Councillor to view their concerns or comments. If the City Planner and owner are happy with the plans and the Councillor is not, the Councillor has the ability to remove the approval authority from the Planning Department and take the site plan to Planning Committee and then to City Council for approval.

          The previous comment is true that Councillors don’t really ever provide comments on a Minor Variance application. As well, the comment that ‘the decision would be overruled by the OMB’ is a bit misleading as it should be ‘the decision could be overruled.’

          • margaret says:

            ‘could’ might be the correct word
            but the chances are that ‘would’ is the word in practice
            how often has the OMB ruling been for the residents ?

  2. margaret says:

    did you notice the park-like setting and the cars parked on Northside …. maybe they are buying Northside and planting trees and getting rid of that terrible intersection using Thorncliff(e) as the only connector road … the idea is as bad as the present road design

  3. Anonymous says:

    there’s a place like this on Kent – right side going north just off the 417 – can’t remember the cross road – might be the same plan and right on the sidewalk – no space – nothing
    so if the planners allow it there – there’s little chance it won’t be allowed here

  4. Carlos says:

    The condo design is nice. Bells Corners needs to increase population, so residential development is a big positive. My understanding is that the family who owned the restaurant are the developers so it is someone from the community doing the building. It further brings in a different kind of housing into an area that for the most part has no condos. I really don’t have an issue with a few minor variances to get the project done.

    My only real concern is the price — I think $380-400 sq ft is high. If they can get people to pay that, great. I’m a little worried that they will have issues, which is unfortunate, because I’d like to see this project be a success. It’s good for the community and it’s nice to see a small developer get a win.

  5. ottawaowl says:

    Apartment complex slated for Bells Corners
    Jennifer McIntosh, EMC

    The closure of Gow’s restaurant in Bells Corners is like the end of an era.

    The restaurant had been on Northside Road for nearly 30 years.

    “It was the second one my parents opened,” Ken Gow said.

    But now that his parents are 75, they are no longer able to operate the restaurant.

    But an apartment complex would allow the family to stay in the community they have called home for decades and hopefully provide a service to the community, Gow said.

    “We are creating a place for them to downsize, and we think there are other people in the community who will want to stay, but may have trouble maintaining their homes,” he said.

    The apartment complex would have 22 units and be four storeys with an elevator – the units would be mostly two-bedroom plus den suites.

    College Coun. Chiarelli said some residents were concerned that there was no zoning hearing, but the property was originally zoned for residential.

    “The restaurant was operating under a non-conforming use exemption,” Chiarelli said. “There was a zoning hearing, but it happened under the City of Nepean some time ago.”

    To complete the building, Gow will only have to get a variance for the number of parking spaces – he wants to have two fewer visitor spaces than currently allowed. He also will need a variance to change the frontage of the building from its Northside Road address. All the changes would be approved by the city’s committee of adjustment.

    At the beginning of March, Gow had already reserved four of the 22 units.

    “The residential vacancy rate is very low in Bells Corners,” Chiarelli said. “I will miss going to Gow’s, but I think this is filling a need in the community.”

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