Back in the 1990s, when I was the Director of Housing with the City of Ottawa, I was involved in an innovative, affordable residential development named Thorncliffe Village. The project was an exciting, public-private partnership long before P3s became in vogue in the government lexicon.
Thorncliffe Village was a joint, residential development project started in 1990 between Domicile Developments Inc., a respected Ottawa homebuilder specializing in high quality, infill, residential developments and the City of Ottawa Non-Profit Housing Corporation, which went by the marketing name of City Living and is known today as Ottawa Community Housing. The project was built on 6 hectares (15 acres) at the intersection of Montreal Road and Burma Road in the City’s east end near the National Research Council and the then CFB Rockcliffe. The site also included an abandoned quarry pit. Continue reading