Ottawa seeks heritage designation for 332 Sandy Hill buildings (Lucy Scholey, Metro News)

Hundreds of buildings in Sandy Hill could soon join the city’s heritage family tree.

On Thursday, the built heritage sub-committee approved 332 buildings for the heritage registry, plus a new historical boundary around Sandy Hill that would set building guidelines for new developments and renovation projects.

Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum, the committee chair, hailed it as “great news for heritage in Ottawa and great news for Sandy Hill.”

The reports will go to the planning committee for consideration.

This study of the community’s heritage is about eight years in the making.

In 2002, realtor firm Les Jardins Pondev Ltée demolished two buildings on the Nicholas Waller Triangle without permits. The city launched a lawsuit, which was settled with a $250,000 payment to Ottawa. Of that, $150,000 was to be used for a study of Sandy Hill’s heritage, which was launched in 2007.

With beginnings in the mid-19th century, Sandy Hill is one of Ottawa’s oldest residential neighbourhoods.

Long before university students dominated the area, it was home to many Parliament Hill politicians and senior civil servants.

The University of Ottawa’s master campus plan, which was recently brought before the planning committee, fits with the proposed heritage guidelines, according to several members of the heritage committee.

If the plan makes it to council, and passes, those 332 property owners would be required to give the city at least 60 days notice before demolishing the buildings.

Source: Metro News