CARLSBAD SPRINGS – The Carlsbad Springs Community Association has received details on yet another proposed major industrial development south of Highway 417 along Boundary Road.

The City of Ottawa, the association has indicated, has received a site plan application for a single storey 53,712 square-ft. warehouse with 62 loading bays and 52 parking spaces at the corner of Mitch Owens and Boundary Roads not far from the new Amazon distribution facility and almost diagonally across from the Capital Region Resources Recovery Centre.

With its promise of 600 jobs, the well-received Amazon project is rushing towards completion. Although approved, the Taggart Miller Recovery Centre which includes a high-capacity landfill remains controversial with more hurdles to jump.

In between those two, the to-date low profile proposed transportation terminal remains unchallenged, with a target date of March 12 set for decision on the application from the city’s Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department.

The combined area of the vacant lot is a little over 10 acres with close to 500 feet of frontage on Mitch Owens and about 827 feet of frontage along Boundary.  The property retains some tree cover along both roads, with a narrow dirt road crossing it; council passed a road closure application last December to accommodate the project.

Surrounding uses include vacant land, agricultural land, and various industrial uses such as automotive repair and recycling, heavy equipment storage and landscaping contractors. A few detached dwellings are also located in the area.

According to the site plan, two property access points will be created; one on Mitch Owens and one on Boundary. Of the 52 parking spaces, 12 would be reserved for employees. If approved, the warehouse compound is to be fenced with sliding gate access for truck entry. Roadway modifications are proposed to facilitate truck movement in and out of the site.

The new facility would serve primarily as a transfer station with large trucks bringing merchandise in, and smaller trucks moving it around the city.

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