Downtown Ottawa has an excellent inventory of existing commercial buildings
which retain their architectural character from the late 1800s to the
early 1900s. While many building facades remain in a good state, there
are varying degrees of facade changes over time and varying degrees of
maintenance. The following categories represent classifications created
for this downtown plan document. These categories begin to identify groups
of buildings to be reused, rehabilitated, maintained, and redeveloped.
An analysis of the buildings in their current condition was conducted
through a general walking field survey. The Physical Analysis map does
not represent a detailed architectural survey. It is recommended that
a more detailed survey be completed of the existing buildings to provide
a more accurate classification of individual structures. See Exhibit 7.
Buildings in this category are in good condition, but are in a modern
style lacking the details and architectural elements of the Victorian
Era Main Street Buildings. Buildings in this classification are typically
in good condition and merit consideration for interior adaptive reuse
and exterior remodeling. Exterior remodeling should be done in a manner
that contributes to the urban fabric of the original Ottawa Main Street
facades in terms of massing, proportion and window placement.
Buildings in this category are from the Victorian Era and are in need
of significant repair or restoration of architectural details that may
have been removed or covered by previous attempts to modernize the facade.
A maintained building is a building that contributes to the overall architectural
fabric of Downtown Ottawa. These buildings are generally in good repair
with intact historic facades. These buildings may require minor improvements
and generally require ongoing maintenance.
The building is in poor condition, and does not contribute to the desired
streetscape aesthetic. These buildings may include excess under utilized
land areas. It is recommended that these buildings be replaced by new
structures designed to contribute to the urban fabric of the original
Ottawa Main Street facades in terms of massing proportion and window placement.
These redevelopment opportunities may include buildings on individual
parcels or the assembly of several parcels to create a larger redevelopment
The following descriptions identify existing and proposed parking lots/
structures, as well as existing and proposed parks or urban open space
corridors. An analysis of the existing and future parking locations was
conducted through a general walking field survey. The Physical Analysis
map does not represent a detailed parking survey. It is recommended that
a more detailed survey be completed for the parking needs to provide a
more accurate study. See Exhibit 7.
This category is used for the location of existing parking lots. These
existing parking lots include both municipal and privately owned parcels
and vary in size and shapes.
The future parking category is a general location for potentially new
parking lots or parking structures within the downtown. If the areas that
have been designated for future parking become available the city should
look at purchasing these areas for parking.
The parks category shows the existing urban parks or open space areas.
This category shows potential locations for new urban parks, linear open
spaces/trail systems or other potential open spaces.