New life for Bell Street apartment towers


Eric Darwin has two posts over on his West Side Action blog about the upcoming renovation of the Bell Street Towers.

One of Ottawa’s biggest eyesores is finally getting a facelift. Eric reports: “The building has been sold to a redeveloper who will renovate the interiors and put on a new exterior cladding. This will enclose parts of the balconies of many units, to make the inside space bigger.”

Here’s more from the Dalhousie Community Association (DCA) blog: “There is a request for a minor variance for three roof top units to be added.There will be about $40 million spent on repairs, including a new facade. The builder wants a sign variance to hang very large banners for five to ten years… Landlord has indicated that no one will be evicted because of the renovation.”

Can anybody clarify – what is the actual name of the apartment complex? I’ve often seen it referred to as the “Bell Street Towers” (as the DCA refers to it), but then it also goes by “Fairview Towers“.

Related: Ottawa Apartments Guide

Glen Gower

Glen is the owner and founder of He lives in Stittsville, one of Ottawa's most exciting suburbs.


4 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    I think it is best known as the "roach motel on Bell Street… you know the ugly building with the hookers out front"…

  2. Anonymous says:

    i live in fairview towers….roaches, mice, luckily i dont have bedbugs yet. My fridge broke and they replaced it with one that smells rancid (even from across the room when opened)the place is a dump. if anyone is reading this and thining about moving in DONT

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have to agree with the other two posts; it's taken them 2 years to start this construction and now we're in for 8 months of non stop drilling. We're losing part of our balcony to gain what, another 2 square feet of space inside? The management here blames the tenants for everything; the bugs are terrible; the hot water has been having issues for THREE months now…. leaving ASAP.

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