2120 Prince Charles Road (St. Martin's Anglican Church Site)
The church community of St. Martin's and the Ottawa Cohousing group have a unique partnership opportunity that could allow both groups to co-develop a project to meet their respective goals. The property at Lockhart, Prince Charles and Neepawa could become a new inter-generational community oriented cohousing condominium, together with a renewed church home for St. Martins, complete with rooms for community activities, programs and casual gatherings. This place could become the heart of this pocket neighbourhood, and bring urban vitality and dynamic community life.
This partnership is essential to the success of the proposed project. The cohousing component provides an anchor and critical mass of inhabitants that would bring life to shared community spaces, allowing the church to engage meaningfully within this neighbourhood. The cohousing condominium purchasers bring financial credibility to the project, and the larger shared rooms allow for a wide variety of use by both groups, and by others in the community.
The proposed development would include a new worship space, designed to be used for other activities throughout the week. An adjoining room would be rented and used for community arts or other activities, but would also be available to the worshiping community to expand their seating capacity on special days.
Other activity rooms and church administration rooms would be located off of an atrium space, that would become the hub of this shared community. A place for conversation and coffee would serve residents and community members throughout the week. Spaces would be flexible and allow for a variety of groups and activities. This development proposal also includes market rate townhouse style housing, a single storey of underground parking, a daycare facility, and a central courtyard.
The community housing component of this proposal is for a cohousing development of 34 units. This condominium grouping of apartments would house people who desire to live in community, sharing meals a few times a week in the common dining room. Cohousing apartments and common spaces would be clustered around a shared courtyard at the center of the site, which would allow for a greater sense of community identity.