Archive for June 14th, 2012

City’s Latest Argument In The LPC Case

- June 14th, 2012

“In this matter, the simple answer is also the correct one.”

The city filed a factum in court this week as the Lansdowne Park Conservancy tries to get the Ontario Court of Appeal to hear its case against the Lansdowne redevelopment.

Here is the city’s argument:

LPC Case – Factum City of Ottawa

Nailing Down Retail Tenants At Lansdowne

- June 14th, 2012

Roger Greenberg, a member of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, brought up an interesting point in our conversation today.

He talked about the retail landscape in Ottawa right now and how it has changed drastically since council and OSEG formed the Lansdowne Park partnership. All of the major malls are getting significant expansions, and in the case of the Rideau Centre, Sears is leaving, making one big area (or a few smaller ones) up for grabs.

In other words, there is competition to fill those store spaces and OSEG is right in the thick of things.

“The competitive landscape has changed pretty dramatically since we have launched,” Greenberg said.

The Friends of Lansdowne case, which is now finished, clearly has been a hurdle to OSEG striking deals with more retailers.

“The big struggle we have had is with our retail tenants. With the prospect of (the Friends) appealing, we were unable to give retail tenants 100% commitment,” Greenberg said.

And so, now the work begins to ink those deals, although one more court case from the Lansdowne Park Conservancy could temporarily stand in the way.

Remember also, OSEG is constrained by what kind of businesses can set up shop at Lansdowne. The breakdown is near the bottom of this report. It would be an interesting discussion at council if the retail makeup can’t fit this approved table, especially since it’s one of the few things the city and the Glebe BIA have agreed on.