Ottawa update

For you folks that live in Ottawa, what's the latest on this project. When are the shovels going into the ground. Do you really think it will be ready for 2014, do you think it will even happen. Is the ownership group getting feed up?

Radio interview with Jeff Hunt:

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This is an update, so this belongs here:

I like that the colours will stay as red, black and white; that was a must. I think Hunt has said this before, but they're also going to go with a lot of fan input, but ultimately I think OSEG will retain the final say in the name. It's also good to hear that they'll spend a decent amount on staff, that seems to be a big difference in the salary cap era. I'm glad things are moving along, let's just hope that the court issues are over and done with so that we can FINALLY move on to the football side of things in Ottawa.

I am still puzzled why the biggest union in the country would give money to fight against the development of Lansdowne.

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Hunt is a bigger man than I am. :lol: I hope those opposed hate it to their dying day. Not because they were opposed, but because of the way they went about opposing it.

There’s always a lunatic fringe that’ll try to stop everything. But you’ve got to tolerate them.?

Jeff Hunt


Gotta love this guy :slight_smile:

Maybe because they don't like the idea of private business of any sort making money and if that's the case, it's pretty sad but some of the union sorts I've met over the years are exactly that to a tee.

"It's reported that CUPE is against the project because it believes its members won't get much work in the redevelopment process."

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So much for being about getting the best deal for the taxpayer, transparency, etc. :roll:

You would think that a Union would think about other unions - there will be THOUSANDS of union construction jobs!!
What about the carpenters union, electrical union, etc???

anything new on this topic?

Sadly no.

I do want to point out that this is the "expedited" version. I can only imagine how slow and tedious things would be if they decided to drag their feet with the case.

And next we have to hear John Martin hee-haw incessantly about his Conservancy plan. Lord have mercy on us all... :roll:

No I should imagine the judges are like politicians, they have a long Christmas break.

What, me worry? :lol:

Lansdowne Park Redevelopment Moves Ahead Josh Pringle (CFRA) Monday, January 23, 2012

As the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group wait for a verdict from the Ontario Court of Appeal on a challenge to the project by the Friends of Lansdowne, tenders are being issued for the stadiums and the commercial development.

A tender has been issued for the $130-million renovation and addition to Frank Clair Stadium and the Civic Centre and a 14-hundred space underground parking garage.

The start date for the project is March, 2012.

Trinity Development Group will issue a tender this week for a general contractor for the new commercial buildings at Lansdowne Park, including the buildings housing Empire theatres and the LCBO.

The proposed development of unique retail shops and services calls for 199-thousand sq ft for retail and services and 41-thousand square feet for a unique food store.


The FoL are shocked at the arrogance of this move. Meanwhile, the Lansdowne Park Jackassery frontman has critisized OSG for their lack of preparation. As usual, can't win with these people.

I also seem to recall FoL claiming that the appeal would not slow down the project so I don't understand what their issue it. :cowboy:

excited for march!

Yes! they have been moving ahead without waiting for the court case, good for them. They tore down the south side in November and now tenders are called. Here's the link:

http://www.cfra.com/?cat=1&nid=83925

Looking into it further, I'm pleased at the coverage that this is getting, which is nearly none.

Metro is the only outlet allowing the FoL to express their disgust. :lol: CFRA mentions the tenders but not the FoL. Nor should they.

The two major papers have so far ignored the thing altogether, which surprises me because it tends to result in some pretty active comment section on the article and blogs.

OSEG has nothing to justify here. The results of the appeal will be determined by the time the tender is due. In the unlikely event that they were to lose, they could just pull it, I'm guessing. This is more smear-campaigning by the FoL.

Here’s the Metro version, for kicks.

http://www.metronews.ca/ottawa/local/article/1077847--group-cries-foul-over-lansdowne-tender

The Court of Appeal hasn’t reached a decision on Lansdowne Park yet, but both the developers and their opponents appear busy as they wait for a judgment.

The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group recently issued tenders to build commercial buildings on the disputed site and renovate Frank Clair Stadium.

The stadium tender due date is March 1 and work on Lansdowne Park was expected to begin this spring, should the Friends of Lansdowne lose their appeal. However, the Friends wrote of their displeasure in the tenders in an update to supporters sent this weekend.

“The arrogance of the City and OSEG in going out with these tender calls at this time is disturbing,? the update says. “The legality of the partnership project is still before the courts. … Why are the City and OSEG proceeding as if they have the green light? What makes them so confident??

Meanwhile, the group is calling for more donations and planning a fundraiser for Jan. 28. Members have previously talked about trying to take their fight against the development all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary.

For kicks for sure CRF. A fundraiser? WTF? Sounds like some people in Hamilton who said they won't go to Ticats games any more because back in the 90's when they had some two-bit owners for owners, there was a door to door campaign to raise funds to keep the Ticats alive (when about 10000 people or so were attending games and the stadium was real crap compared to now ie. washrooms didn't work etc. video board was a dot matrix type thingy) and no professional team should operate like that. :wink:

If this John Martin guy is working like this and succeeds, well then the western entrepreneurial system really just doesn't work I would say. :wink:

“The arrogance of the City and OSEG in going out with these tender calls at this time is disturbing,? the update says. “The legality of the partnership project is still before the courts. … Why are the City and OSEG proceeding as if they have the green light? What makes them so confident??

Meanwhile, the group is calling for more donations and planning a fundraiser for Jan. 28. Members have previously talked about trying to take their fight against the development all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary.

Presuming the Supreme Court will even waste its time with this silly case isn't arrogant?

It is what 150k to take a case to the supreme court ? Their going to need a lot of donnors :wink: