Waiting to learn score

SHANE ROSS, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

The evaluation of two unsolicited proposals for Ottawa's 20,000-seat open-air stadium is complete, but is being kept under wraps for now.

Rob Mackay, the city's acting director of community sustainability services, will table the staff report -- along with a recommendation -- on April 6 during a joint meeting of the planning and environment and corporate services and economic development committees.

"It's taken a lot of time," Mackay said.

One proposal, submitted by four local businessmen including 67's owner Jeff Hunt, calls for the renovation of Frank Clair Stadium for a conditional CFL franchise, as part of a redevelopment of Lansdowne Park.

The other, submitted by Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, calls for a soccer-specific stadium near Scotiabank Place in Kanata. Melnyk hopes to use the stadium to land an MLS franchise.

Both proposals include ancillary development.

Mayor Larry O'Brien has said the stadium, which would also be used for major concerts and festivals, would help reshape the city's landscape for the next 30 years.

The proposals were judged in five categories, with each assigned a score out of a maximum number of points.

1. Overall need, 25 points. Includes the city's ability to accommodate major attractions, and overall support from the community.

2. Business plan, 20 points. Includes the funding model, operating plans and sustainability.

3. Site consideration, 10 points. Includes location, transportation and efficient use of existing infrastructure.

4. Facility design and overall concept, 10 points. Includes innovations, future expansion potential, neighbourhood impacts and environmental considerations.

5. Risk to the city, 35 points. Includes overall risk distribution between city and proponent, opportunity costs for stadium sites, and construction, operating and programming risks.

A sixth category, calculating the overall financial cost to the city, was not assigned a score but would be considered in the overall evaluation.

The $110-million Kanata proposal calls for funding from Melnyk and all three levels of government.

$80M FROM CITY

The Lansdowne proposal calls for the city to make a capital expenditure of about $80 million, which would be repaid through the estimated $4 million a year the city would theoretically be spending on operating costs for the existing, decrepit stadium.

The city is expected to ask the provincial and federal governments for money to help ease the burden.

City manager Kent Kirkpatrick has had discussions with federal officials about the stadium bids, Mackay said.

The public is invited to give input when the proposals are presented to council on April 20. A decision is expected on April 22.


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