Proposal For New Iraq Embassy In Ottawa

- October 17th, 2012

The Embassy of Iraq on McLeod St. is being eyed for a major makeover — that is, a complete teardown and rebuild. The embassy is across the street from the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Here are the plans filed with the city. The first image is the proposed concept and the second is what’s there now.

According to the planning rationale in the application, the existing two-storey building was built in 1957 and Iraq wants to build a more “modern” embassy in its place.

“The building has fallen into disrepair over the years due to major political changes in Iraq and was left vacant for a period during the early 2000s,” the planning rationale says.

“The Government of Iraq is now seeking to improve its diplomatic ties and intergovernmental services through the establishment of a larger and more modern embassy.”

The Iraqis will need to get permission from council to amend the zoning for setbacks, landscaping and height, among other things.

This will be the second time the Iraqis have come to the city with a development proposal.

Their last application asked to demolish a home in Rockclife Park to build the ambassador’s residence. The community objected because the home had cultural value (being it was built for grocery mogul Bernard Loeb), and ultimately council agreed last March.

Maybe they’ll have better luck with this one.

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Follow City Hall reporter Jon Willing on Twitter at @JonathanWilling and at ottawasun.com.

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