The LRT, despite its recurring construction delays, will change the viewpoints of people who are thinking of living downtown, Mr. Lamb said. The LRT is set to connect Blair Station in Ottawa’s east end to Tunney’s Pasture, just west of downtown.
“When buyers start seeing the convenience of the LRT and they see how their friends have a benefit, they will start clustering more downtown,” said Mr. Lamb, whose condo property, the Gotham, is above an LRT station in downtown Ottawa. “Ottawa is finally catching up to Toronto in terms of its ‘urbanness.’ ”
A new vision for Ottawa
Mr Ulak said that Ottawa has changed enormously in the past 10 years and he and other developers have a new vision for Ottawa.
“There’s a lot of people with an entrenched view of what Ottawa used to be. But we’re looking forward and seeing the potential of this incredible city and people who live here,” he said. “That’s the kind of project we’re trying to build and that’s what I think you’ll see more of.
Mr Soucy said he sees markers of change all around him. “It’s something we’re seeing more and more, especially if you go to the downtown core,” he said. “I wouldn’t say it represents traditional Ottawa, but the Ottawa of the future and what the city is trying to become.”