Lansdowne Lives!

The Lansdowne Live proposal to redevelop Lansdowne Park has received conditional approval from city...

The Lansdowne Live proposal to redevelop Lansdowne Park has received conditional approval from city council. (SUN MEDIA FILE PHOTO)

DEREK PUDDICOMBE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

Lansdowne Live lives.

More than two years after four local businessmen presented a plan to redevelop Lansdowne Park, city council voted 15-9 Monday to move forward with the proposal. However, whatever the final plan looks like will have to meet specific criteria of a design panel.

The city and Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, who are now partners in the project, still have to satisfy five conditions before another vote next May.

The biggest change to the original Lansdowne Live plan submitted by OSEG last year is a strategic design review and advisory panel for the development of a master site plan led by George one of the country’s best-known urban planners.

The motion brought forward by councillors Peter Hume and Maria McRae says every aspect of the property’s design -- the stadium, water front, commercial and retail development and a hotel -- must go in front of the panel in order to “meet the highest possible design standards so as to have Lansdowne transformed into a unique and dynamic urban place.”

The design panel will cost $600,000 split between the city and OSEG.

Along with a review panel the city has asked that a design competition be initiated to address the property that fronts the Rideau Canal, the Horticultural building and the Aberdeen Pavilion

Council also voted to ensure the city and OSEG receive an 8 per cent return on their investment to be paid proportional to each investment. The initial plan called for the business group to receive its return on investment long before the city received any cash.

During the construction period the more than 50 annual trade shows that are hosted at Lansdowne Park and generate $1.5 million for the city will be displaced. Council will immediately issue a request for interest to determine if there is any potential to build and operate a trade and consumer show facility near the airport or anywhere else in the city.

The project's most strident opponent, Capital Coun. Clive Doucet, was in tears when he begged his council colleagues not to vote for the project.

“It's a sad day because of the division,” said Doucet. “It has shattered the city. There are thousands of people who feel they have been deprived of their natural heritage. It was through the love of the city that I tried to protect Lansdowne Park.”

derek.puddicombe@sunmedia.ca


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