This one’s going to p*ss off CRF
Lansdowne Live critics plan Tuesday night meeting[url=http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Lansdowne+Live+critics+plan+Tuesday+night+meeting/1651726/story.html]http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Lansd ... story.html[/url]
By Jake Rupert, The Ottawa Citizen
June 1, 2009 4:01 PM
[i]OTTAWA — Dissatisfied with the city’s public consultations on the future of Lansdowne Park, a group calling itself the “Friends of Lansdowne Park? is having its own session Tuesday night.
The group is concerned that the city is deep into negotiations with a group of Ottawa-based developers on the future of the park and there hasn’t been any public consultation on what the developers plan to do. They also say there is a lot of confusion over what the developers propose to do with the park and the financial aspects of their plan.
“There are a lot of misconceptions out there,? said group member Julie Harris. “Many people think the developers have offered to renovate the stadium. In fact, the city is considering giving away nearly 10 acres of public land for a shopping complex, while taxpayers foot the entire $125-million bill for renovating the stadium.?
The group is holding a meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Assembly Hall in the Civic Centre at Lansdowne Park. The public is invited to go, and there will be information tables set up by participating groups.
The night is to feature urban planners, architects, municipal government experts, and business experts, including Caroline Andrew, of the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa, Ian Lee from the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University and Ottawa architect Robert Webster.
The future of Lansdowne was to be decided by public consultation and a competitive process, but it was stopped when the developers made an unsolicited proposal with their ideas for the park and Frank Clair Stadium.
The developers — Roger Greenberg of Minto, John Ruddy of Trinity, and Bill Shenkman of the Shenkman Corp., working with Jeff Hunt of the Ottawa 67’s junior hockey team — want the city to fix the crumbling Frank Clair Stadium for a conditional Canadian Football League franchise they have won. They estimate this will cost $97 million; the city estimates $125 million. They also want the city to build a roughly $25-million parking garage, and the city to pay for any community spaces to be included in the park.
They propose a mixed-use development that would include retail and entertainment space, a hotel, office space, and some residential buildings, at a cost of $120 million to them.
City council approved sole-sourced negotiations with the group on its plans, and the city manager is hoping to report back on a potential deal later in the summer.
All of this has been done without public consultation, and the group feels this is wrong.
“There has not been a single public meeting on the (developers’) proposal," said Archie Campbell, president of Ottawa’s Federation of Citizens’ Associations. “We think it’s important to get citizen input now.”
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