New 1 storey medical imaging centre proposed on Merivale Rd

A new medical imaging centre is suggested for this location for Merivale Medical Imaging, currently further north on Merivale Road to eventually occupy.

Image source: TIA Strategy report

A new medical imaging centre is suggested for this location for Merivale Medical Imaging, a company that is currently located further north on Merivale Road. The applicant is 1545 Merivale Inc., based on 1370 Clyde Ave, where the current Merivale Medicale Imaging is located.

The building will be built on the lot just south of Capilano, south of the mall with the Bell store and behind the Ultramar gas station. The developer suggests a 2481 m2 (26,700 ft2) medical imaging facility and parking for 129 cars, 72 of which are above ground. There are two lots directly on Merivale, and this lot doesn’t have much access to Merivale other than a 4.7 meter front lot line.

The one storey building will replace a (crummy) existing one storey building that was built in the 1950’s. The parking lot remains. (Screenshot Google Maps)

From the city’s website

Applicant’s Proposal

A Site Plan Control application to construct a 1-storey, 2,481 sqm medical imaging building with 129 parking spaces provided in a surface parking lot and an underground parking lot.

The site is located on the east side of Merivale Road and south of Capilano Drive. The site is approximately 6,905 sqm (0.69 ha) in area and is irregularly shaped. It is located to the rear of two other sites which front onto Merivale Road (1543 and 1545 Merivale Road). The Site itself has a narrow front lot line approximately 4.7 metres in width, which provides access to the Site from Merivale Road. There is an existing one-storey former commercial building on the site which was constructed in the 1950s, and associated surface parking lot, which is proposed to be demolished.

The abutting properties are zoned Arterial Mainstreet, Subzone 10 (AM10) and
Community Leisure Facility Zone (L1). North of the site is developed with a gas station and a commercial plaza; east of the site is a curling facility; south of the site is a commercial plaza and a vacant restaurant building; and west of the site is a church and a gas station.

A Site Plan Control application has been proposed to enable the construction of a 1- storey, 2,481 sqm GFA medical imaging building. A total of 129 vehicle parking spaces are proposed, including 5 barrier-free spaces (72 surface spaces and 57 underground spaces). Vehicle access is proposed from Merivale Road via the existing driveway. The underground parking garage would be accessed via a ramp at the rear of the property. Bicycle parking would be supplied by bicycle racks along the front of the building and an underground bicycle storage room.

A new internal sidewalk is proposed to provide pedestrian access from Merivale Road to the building’s front entrance. An outdoor amenity area for staff would be provided at the rear and landscaping is proposed along the entire perimeter of the site.

Note from FHACA: walking and cycling access will only be from Merivale Road from what it looks like on the maps. Ideally there would be some side access from Emerald Plaza and the curling rink too.

You can find the city’s planning responses to this proposal in the developers document (link below) highlighted in blue.

Planning response

Planning Response: “The development proposal represents an efficient development pattern and is underpinned by broad principles of sustainability, by optimizing the use of land via intensification on an existing site. (…) It is our opinion that the development proposal is consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement.

City staff recommendation

City of Ottawa staff recommends the following:

“It is our opinion that the implementation of the development proposal will result in good land use planning and should be approved”

Read the entire document here. If you are into landscaping, check the landscape plan carefully too (invasive species etc).