Ontario Court of Appeal dismiss Lansdowne Park Conservancy

[b]Ontario's highest court has ruled against a group opposed to the redevelopment of Ottawa's Lansdowne Park -- essentially eliminating the last legal challenge to the $300-million project.

The Ontario Court of Appeal said in the decision released Wednesday that it will not hear the appeal by the Lansdowne Park Conservancy.

It ordered the group to pay $1,000 in legal costs to the City of Ottawa.

The group had argued in a lower court back in March that the city had committed an abuse of practice when it awarded the project to the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group.

But the lower court disagreed with the conservancy and awarded the city $10,000 in costs.[/b]

http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/story/?id=404104

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Woooohooooooo! Totally expected, but it's nice to hear the words "effectively ending the last legal challenge to the redevelopment"!!!

Another Lansdowne legal challenge denied

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[i]Ontario's Court of Appeal has denied a group opposed to the city's public-private partnership to redevelop Lansdowne Park a chance to appeal an earlier defeat, effectively ending the last legal challenge to the redevelopment.

John Martin's Lansdowne Park Conservancy was the second group to launch a legal challenge of the city's partnership with Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group.

The first group, Friends of Lansdowne, had earlier questioned the legality of the city's decision to enter into a sole-source agreement with OSEG but lost its legal challenge and again lost its appeal.

In March a lower court rejected Lansdowne Park Conservancy's legal challenge, saying it constituted an abuse of process and awarding the city $10,000 in legal costs.

The Court of Appeal, in dismissing the case on Tuesday, also awarded the city $1,000 in legal costs.

City solicitor Rick O'Connor, in a note to councillors, said while it is remotely possible that the Lansdowne Park Conservancy could appeal to the Supreme Court, he said given the previous decisions "it would be extremely difficult" to get the court to hear the case.

After losing its appeal, Friends of Lansdowne had said earlier this year they would not appeal to the Supreme Court.

In a note to his supporters, Martin called the ruling unfortunate and said the city still had an opportunity to change its plans and revisit its plans for Lansdowne Park.

"The deadline for park completion is June 2015 and there is more than sufficient time for the City of Ottawa to conduct a competitive bidding process and develop this public asset in a manner respectful of the heritage and public nature of the site," said Martin.

The $300-milion redevelopment of Lansdowne Park will include renovations to Frank Clair Stadium, the addition of a mix of condominium and retail space. OSEG has been awarded Canadian Football League and North American Soccer League franchises, both on the condition there is an appropriate stadium in place.[/i]

So, can they finally put shovels into the ground now? I'd like to see Ottawa back in the league before I turn 100.

How come there is more discussion of this on the HF Boards than on this? :?

Very glad to hear this. :thup:

How old are you 98?? Shovels have been in the ground for months. They have torn down the south side stands, removed contaminated soil, started the underground parking lot, the area is a huge construction zone.

And some pics if that doesn't convince you

http://www.frontpagemedia.ca/?p=5968 http://www.frontpagemedia.ca/?cat=1329

I like this bit from the Ottawa Sun:

OSEG partner Roger Greenberg said the failed conservancy case will give potential retail tenants more assurances the redevelopment will happen.

“Quite frankly we thought this particular claim didn’t have any merit whatsoever,? Greenberg said. “We were proceeding in any event.?

81,

But I am being pessimistic. I count every year Ottawa is not in the league, You end up losing fan base. After witnessing the destruction of the BC Lions with idiotic owners like Skalbania and Pezzim, BC lost a generation of fans. 1983 until about 86 or 87, maybe 1988, I recall BC having great attendance numbers, 40,000 plus. Then Skalbania and Pezzim just ran the team into the ground. The numbers have never ever returned to those early 80's level.

I look at the lunatic fringe holding up the Ottawa return. How long has it been now? 2005? I feel for the new owners as they try to re-kindle interest again. Believe me I want Ottawa back, but each time they hit a road block, I just shake my head.

Anyways, thats my rant. Hope they really, really, really do make it back for 2014.

On the other hand, nothng unites like a common opponent.

But I am being pessimistic. I count every year Ottawa is not in the league, You end up losing fan base. After witnessing the destruction of the BC Lions with idiotic owners like Skalbania and Pezzim, BC lost a generation of fans. 1983 until about 86 or 87, maybe 1988, I recall BC having great attendance numbers, 40,000 plus. Then Skalbania and Pezzim just ran the team into the ground. The numbers have never ever returned to those early 80's level.

I look at the lunatic fringe holding up the Ottawa return. How long has it been now? 2005? I feel for the new owners as they try to re-kindle interest again. Believe me I want Ottawa back, but each time they hit a road block, I just shake my head.

Anyways, thats my rant. Hope they really, really, really do make it back for 2014.


Yes that’s true they will have lost some fans and that may take awhile to win them back. So that’s why it’s important to make them competitive straight off, the last time in 02 they were given the “cast offs” from other teams. This time they are going to have the advantage of a shiny new facility and hopefully a generous draft and some exciting players. It’s important to sign a starting QB and not end up with a backup like last time. They ended up with Crowley who was Edmontons 3rd stringer and then a couple of NCAA backups.

Can we start digging the hole for the new side on Tuesday?

Looks like it. It states "Sept 2012 start" so could be 1st of Sept or 30th of Sept

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I like the idea of the "Berms" which is the debris from the underground parking lot which will be piled behind the end zones to make a berm or hill that can be used for extra "standing room" or "sitting room" at events.

http://www.ottawafury.com/ottawaNASL

In looking at the photos of the stadium at Lansdowne park through the Ottawa Fury website which will be in charge of the NASL soccer franchise for the OSEG it appears that the land behind the end zones and soccer goals will be flat and a variety of different kind of seating will be used depending on the needs. The one photo appears to have the latest form of extra seating like that is in place at Mosaic that includes theatre stlys sports seating not bleachers and includes luxury suite with each section. The seating is built in sections and can be easily taken down in sections and stored and easily put up quickly as it is already built and simply needs to be put together and also has sections that curve to create a bowl that will curve to line up right next to the permanent seating. Also simple bleacher seating is also seen in many photos. The set up appears that it could be a basic layout with several options for additional seating to be quickly and cost efficiently put into place depending on the event.
It looks very cool and covers a lot of bases for several options for the many types of sporting events that will be held there. National soccer, international soccer, CFL football, CIS football, Grey cups, CIS playoffs football, CONCAF, Panda game Gee Gees vs Ravens. labor day game vs Als making enough room for as many Als fans to make the roadtrip for the game, Senators outdoor NHL classic, QJFL, CJFL championship games
Looks like a base layout for future sports stadium projects.

No, the End Zones will NOT be flat. If you look at the stadium pictures you will see where it states "End zone seating on grass berms will bring the total seating capacity to 24,000" "Berms" are hills and they will be made from the rubble from the Underground Parking Lot.

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WellI guess we will see how they do it i have seen many pictures with temporary seats in all kicks of fasions behind the end zones and soccer goals. Flat or not their willbe a way to place a multiple of different kind of season behind each end zone and soccer goal. How else wouldthey planto put up the extra 20,000 seats that would be needed for a grey cupif not behind the endzones.I donot think peoplewill want tosit ona hillto watch the grey cup

Yeah, $200 (probably) to sit in the end zone, on a hill, in the end of November?

:lol:

well whatever happens their will be a way to place seating in the area as this will be a first class facility run by a first class organization, OSEG, with a team of quality businessmen as well as sports owners bringing top quality franchises in football and soccer. Lets enjoy the history about to be made with this new type of sporting group giving hope for further expansion in the CFL and the move to Ottawa from the tier II NASL to the MLS when next it applies. With this will also bring back the University rivalry of the Gee Gees and Ravens on the Gridiron in the resurgence of the Panda Game once again in one of the series ofstate of the art facilities that are being erected over the past decade and the one coming.
Existing Times not just for CFL fans but sports fans.
Lets Enjoy

Ah the Panda Game. Anybody know what happened to Pedro?

I remember an incredible Panda Game. They were all drunken orgies, but one in particular, in 1982 or so, was especially memorable. The Ravens came from far behind to win, and Howard Bloom was calling the game on cable I think it was (which I watched later). Howie almost had a coronary. HILARIOUS. I also remember at the game itself people passing girls overhead up and down the stands and the Ottawa U. fans on the other side of the field launching water balloons at the Carleton side by tying huge lengths of surgical tubing between the openings up into the seating area and sling-shotting them high over the field and into the crowd. :lol:

ohoh - The Glebites are at it again, now they are worried about the "berms". I can see protests, delays and law suits again.
The funny thing is one of the residents said "“ being the neighbours, we have significant concerns about this stuff getting into the water table, leaking out during heavy rains.... I have a lot of misgivings.?

Yet the soil has been there for years.............lol they are now piling it up and sealing it.

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