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Chateau Laurier addition gets go-ahead, for now

A controversial addition to the historic Chateau Laurier has been given the go-ahead, but Ottawa's city council will meet again to vote on it one more time. In a 14-9 split, councillors voted down a motion that would have voided a permit to build the addition to the century-old heritage building. The years-long debate concerns a seven-storey, 147-room addition that would be built on the north side of the castle-like hotel next to Parliament Hill. The proposal quickly became a major point of contention in the capital. Many critics said the addition would be an eyesore and clash with the style of the existing hotel. Heritage architecture principles say that a new addition to an old structure shouldn't try to copy the existing building. The multiple designs the Chateau Laurier's owners have submitted have all been distinctly modern. Critics have compared the design of the Chateau's addition to a radiator and a shipping container. Council previously voted in June 2018 that the development could proceed as long as certain changes were made to the design. The Council left the determination of whether the revisions were good enough to city planners and heritage experts.
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