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Project touted as an ‘earth embassy’

Jennifer Green, Ottawa Citizen

Christ Church Anglican CathedralOTTAWA – Christ Church Anglican Cathedral is on the brink of a green-themed development deal on its prized site between Queen and Sparks streets.
If approved, the project will be an earth embassy,says Jonathan Westeinde of Ottawa’s Windmill Development Group.

Stores that exemplify green living would open onto the street level. Key facts, like global warming rates, could flash from large electronic displays, like an earth-friendly take on New York’s Times Square. Inside, offices would accommodate environmental agencies such as the Sierra Club in a working hub so they’ll be co-operating together with less division,says Westeinde. The development will likely include other offices, conference areas and some living space.

Windmill would build the structures with state-of-the-art environmental methods, as it has in other projects, such as The Currents on Wellington Street, where condos share space with the first-floor Great Canadian Theatre Company.

Both Westeinde and Shane Parker, the dean of the cathedral, caution that the deal is far from final, meaning the cost, square footage, start date, layout and number of units are all still fuzzy.

Both sides hope further meetings this month will result in a final deal by June.

It’s been a long process and we’re not there yet, says Westeinde. But we’re at the handshake point, so the prospect is good.

City planners will still have to approve the complex project. The site is lovely but tricky with several heritage buildings, an overall heritage designation, and, of course, the gracious stone cathedral built in 1896.

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