An Ottawa Original!
May 5, 2017
FOR OVER A CENTURY, St. Charles Church, located at the convergence of several Ottawa neighbourhoods, including New Edinburgh, Lindenlea, Rockcliffe Park and Vanier, was a place that served its parishioners and neighbours as a spiritual hub and a gathering place. Today, the area is known as Beechwood Village and it’s becoming one of Ottawa’s most sought after communities.
An apt location for ModBox Developments’ and Linebox Studio’s fabulous new St. Charles Market, a smart collection of horizontal homes and townhomes wrapping around the preserved church structure. At its heart, a vibrant marketplace offering grab and go fare, restaurants and cafes. The original grounds will once again serve the community with seasonal attractions – an al fresco farmers market, a winter playground, a pivotal community gathering spot with whimsical public places – patios, benches and lush greenery.
The Church held its last service in 2010 and by 2013 it was deconsecrated and later designated as an Ontario Heritage Building. ModBox acquired the building in 2014 and committed to keeping the church open and accessible to the public. In the past three years, ModBox has hosted several community events at the church including: a weekly farmer’s market, food truck rallies, community social events, Shakespeare in the Park, Ottawa Pride parties, private parties and weddings.
In the interim, Linebox has developed a thoughtful and intelligent design plan for the entire site, creating 54 uniquely designed horizontal homes and three stunning townhomes. The primary focus was to respect the original church and reinvigorate the site. Preserving the spaciousness of the original grounds was key – and by utilizing only 50 per cent of the land for building, they created a park-like perimeter to beckon both residents and the community and provide a welcome respite from the street.
The condominium suites have been designed to provide a full home- experience. Large living areas, master bedrooms with room for king sized beds, plenty of storage and amazing views. The architectural language is honest and real, incorporating themes and proportions from the original church structure and modernizing them. The materials are unique and authentic, such as terracotta brick, natural wood and concrete. ModBox is also introducing “puzzle parking” – an efficient automated valet parking system widely used in Europe and the US that has made its way to Canada.
Priced from the low $400’s, these extraordinary homes are well within the reach of people downsizing, “side-sizing” as well as people looking for a first address. The plans for the interior of the church envision a European-style marketplace that provides easy shopping and a place to dine.
In addition, there are two other commercial spaces onsite with plans for an ice cream shop, coffee house or another small restaurant, which will compliment residential building amenities that include a state-of- the-art fitness centre. The forecourt to the church will be beautifully landscaped providing a venue to be programmed by community and residents. This will be the hub of the new Beechwood Village. And residents at St. Charles Market will be right at the centre of it all.
The Presentation Gallery is located within the former St. Charles Church on Beechwood Avenue with parking at the rear at 135 Barette Street. Opening in late May, people are urged to register for their private invitation to the big reveal. Please visit stcharlesmarket.com
New Home and Condo Guide Eastern Canada; Issue 9 April 29, 2017