The Booth Street campus, acquired by Canada Lands in 2015 from Natural Resources Canada, is located between Orangeville Street, Rochester Street and Norman Street in Ottawa. The property (6.5 acres/2.5 hectares) occupies an entire city block 15 minutes southwest of Parliament Hill.
The site is connected to pedestrian and cycling paths and is close to transit and a highway. The site is fully developed with seven vacant buildings that range in height from two-to-four-storeys and includes a now-closed surface parking lot.
The redevelopment is the largest heritage designation project in Canada Lands’ history. Five of the seven campus buildings have received heritage designation and appear on the City of Ottawa’s Heritage Reference List. The rationale for the designations is two-fold: the buildings’ architectural style is well-known locally and the structures are of great significance to the historical development of Canada’s mining and energy industries.
Additionally, one non-heritage designated building will also be preserved, as its smokestack is an important community landmark.
The remediation program for these buildings and land, and the deconstruction of buildings that won’t be retained, are ongoing. In tandem, Canada Lands is finalizing a plan for the on-site Norman Rochester Park which will eventually have its own public engagement process.
The City of Ottawa unanimously approved Canada Lands’ official plan, secondary plan and zoning by-law for the property in 2019. The City recognized the company for its thoughtful approach to public engagement. The development concept envisions a vibrant mixed-use community hub that carries forward the site’s historic significance and prioritizes walkability and sustainability.