OTTAWA - It’s finally a done deal.
Council on Wednesday voted 21-3 in favour of signing the final agreements with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group to redevelop Lansdowne Park.
There was light applause after the council clerk announced the voting results. Members of OSEG shook hands and posed for pictures in the front row of the gallery.
After years of debate, legal challenges and votes, the city can begin the task of transforming the historic civic property into a retail and recreation destination.
Return of the Canadian Football League is scheduled for the 2014 season.
The redevelopment includes a renovation of Frank Clair Stadium and the Civic Centre, plus new condos, townhouses, retail stores and an urban park.
Councillors voting against the deal were Diane Deans (Gloucester-Southgate), David Chernushenko (Capital) and Diane Holmes (Somerset).
The heavy lifting now falls out of the hands of politicians and into the hands of contractors. The city and OSEG will be pushing hard to meet that 2014 deadline to have Frank Clair Stadium renovated for the CFL season.
The timeline targets are incredibly fragile. Weather will play a big role in the progress of construction. Work has already begun on the Horticulture Building and parking garage.
Glebe residents can expect some extra traffic Thursday when trucks are scheduled to haul concrete to the site along Bank St. Workers will be pouring the decking for the eastern part of the parking garage.
Here is the schedule ahead:
- Lansdowne Park Revitalization Construction Schedule Milestones
- October 2012: North Side and South Side Stands Construction Begins
- Parking Garage Excavation and Site Servicing Continues
- Parking Garage and Foundation for Horticulture Building Complete
- November 2012: Horticulture Building Relocation Complete
- Urban Park Tender Ready Design Complete
- Mixed-Use Buildings Contractor Engaged
- April 2013: Horticulture Building Renovation Work Begins
- Mixed-Use Building Construction Begins
- July 2013: Parking Garage Substantial Completion
- Majority of Site Servicing Complete
- August 2013: Urban Park Construction Begins
- December 2013: Horticulture Building Renovations Substantial Completion
- March 2014: North Side Stands Substantial Completion
- June 2014: South Side Stands Substantial Completion
- July 2014: Mixed-Use Building Envelopes Complete
- October 2014: Urban Park Substantial Completion
- June 2015: Project Closeout