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More Lansdowne Tenants Confirmed

- February 27th, 2014

More Lansdowne Park tenants confirmed, although many names here appeared on an early retail map for the redevelopment.

Lansdowne’s Urban Village develops a personality

Le village urbain de Lansdowne développe sa personnalité

La version française suit

February 27, 2014

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) today released an update on committed retail tenants at Lansdowne, Ottawa’s new lifestyle destination in the geographic centre of the city. Lansdowne will offer a broad spectrum of retail, dining and recreation experiences on a 40-acre section of Ottawa’s most cherished neighborhood, the Glebe.

“Earlier this week, Cineplex Entertainment announced a unique to Ottawa, state-of-the-art, ten-screen theatre complex at Lansdowne and today I’m excited to talk about some of our other retail partners,” said OSEG Chairman Roger Greenberg. “We have now leased over 80% of the retail space at Lansdowne which affirms our shared vision with the City of Ottawa for transforming Lansdowne into a vibrant mixed-use destination. We’ve also exceeded our target of hosting 40% new-to-Ottawa or unique retailers at Lansdowne and that percentage will advance as we finalize leases for the remaining retail space.”

“I’m delighted to see the retail vision for Lansdowne become a reality,” said John Williams, Senior Partner in the J.C. Williams Group, which proposed the strategic retail planning report approved by Council, which outlined the composition and vision of shops at Lansdowne.

“The objective was twofold: to create a unique urban village with interesting stores, cafés, restaurants, services, cinemas and entertainment; and to complement the Glebe’s Bank Street retail shops and cafés by providing stores and services that are missing on Bank Street. I think OSEG has made great strides towards achieving both of these objectives.”
“I’m pleased to see to even more retailers sign on to the exciting Lansdowne Park revitalization — this is a vote of confidence in the project and our city’s economic future,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Whether you’re a sports fan, a shopper, a movie-goer, or simply want to gather with your family and friends, the new Lansdowne will truly offer something for everyone.”

“We welcome the new businesses to the area,” said Greg Best, Chair of the Glebe BIA. “The Glebe is a popular destination and we’re confident the shops, restaurants and services announced today will do well here in one of Ottawa’s most vibrant shopping districts.”
As outlined below, the new urban village at Lansdowne will include a mixture of new and familiar shops, restaurants and services.

Well known in Western Canada, JOEY Restaurants will bring their innovative casual fine dining concept to Ottawa. JOEY President and CEO Jeff Fuller says the urban village concept at Lansdowne was key to his decision to expand to Ottawa. “The Lansdowne concept is very much in-line with our own concept for JOEY,” said Fuller. “Inside, we’re lively and luxurious and outside, our patio spaces are designed to provide guests with a vacation atmosphere. The synergy of urban retail space and parkland at Lansdowne is in perfect alignment with our philosophy.”

With almost 900,000 members across Canada, GoodLife Fitness is Canada’s most popular health and fitness club, perfectly aligned with the healthy lifestyle environment offered by Lansdowne. GoodLife will open a state-of-the art 30,000 square foot health and fitness club on the lower level of TD Place with easy access from the urban village shopping district and the underground parking garage.

Whole Foods Market is the world’s leading retailer of natural and organic foods. With over 360 market stores in North America and Europe, it makes its Ottawa debut at Lansdowne.

A new concept LCBO VQA Destination Boutique featuring an expanded selection of Ontario’s VQA wines, including hard-to-find wines from smaller producers, will be housed inside a full-size LCBO store

South St. Burger Company makes its Ottawa debut with premium, 100% pure and fresh gluten free Angus Beef burgers, grilled chicken breasts, New York Fries and other favorites in a contemporary New York loft-style environment.

Also new to Ottawa, Local Lounge and Grill is an urban retreat featuring VQA wines, innovative cocktails and craft brewed draught beers, coupled with a menu that features classic favorites prepared with seasonal local ingredients.

A next-generation, energy-efficient TD Bank concept at Lansdowne marries environmental sustainability and TD’s legendary customer service in a uniquely inviting space, seven days a week.

Cineplex Cinemas Lansdowne and VIP is a visionary 10-screen, state-of-the-art theatre complex that offers luxurious seating and licensed in-seat service in some of its movie auditoriums.

New to Ottawa, Sporting Life is Canada’s headquarters for energetic visitors of all ages. At Lansdowne, they’ll offer 43,000 sq. ft. of top-of-the-line, brand-name equipment and lifestyle fashion for those who live The Sporting Life.

Other confirmed retail outlets at Lansdowne include: REDBLACKS/67′s/Fury FC team store, PetSmart, Pharma Plus, The Source, BMO, Telus, Rinaldo’s, Booster Juice, Jack Astor’s and Milestones. Several other retail leases are in the final stages of discussion and will be announced in the coming weeks.

Collectively, the Lansdowne retail district, in harmony with TD Place, the new urban park, residential dwellings and the office tower, represent a modern urban village in a park setting with synergies to satisfy the diverse needs of the Glebe and Ottawa at large.

In 2012, OSEG partnered with the City of Ottawa to develop a plan for Lansdowne that would transform the historic exhibition grounds into a green, sustainable public space that offers sports and entertainment, recreation, shopping, a workplace, dining and condominium living. TD Place at Lansdowne, the new stadium and arena complex, is Ottawa’s downtown concert venue and home to the CFL’s Ottawa REDBLACKS, the NASL’s Ottawa Fury FC and the OHL’s Ottawa 67′s. The shops at Lansdowne are 360,000 sq. ft. of retail and office space designed to complement existing businesses in the Glebe and provide a unique shopping experience. The new, 18-acre Lansdowne Park with the national heritage Aberdeen Pavilion at its centre links the UNESCO World Heritage Rideau Canal with Bank Street and returns green space to Lansdowne. The park will include a great lawn, refrigerated skating rink, children’s play area, farmers’ market space, art pieces and linkages to pedestrian and cycling pathways along the Rideau Canal. Bordered by Queen Elizabeth Driveway to the East and Bank Street to the West, Lansdowne is easily accessible by public transit and bicycle paths.

About the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG)
The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group is a partnership of five Ottawa business and community leaders. OSEG has partnered with the City of Ottawa to revitalize Lansdowne, which will house the TD Place sports and entertainment facility, the historic Aberdeen Pavilion and Horticulture Building, a new commercial district, an office tower, two condominium towers, townhomes and an 18-acre urban park. OSEG also owns and operates three sports teams: the Ottawa REDBLACKS (CFL), Ottawa Fury FC (NASL) and the Ottawa 67′s (OHL). The CFL football team and the NASL soccer team will commence play in 2014. For more information on OSEG visit


City Files Appeal Notice On Dome Arbitration

- February 18th, 2014

The sports dome owned by Coliseum has moved from Lansdowne Park to the RA Centre. The city and Coliseum are at odds over their contract. The city is appealing an arbitration award to Coliseum.

City lawyers have acted quickly to appeal an arbitrator’s Feb. 5 decision to award Coliseum $2.24 million in a dispute between the sports dome provider and the municipality.

Here’s where you can find my background story on the arbitration award.

The city filed its notice of application at Superior Court late last week. The city is asking the court to hear the appeal and set aside the arbitration award.

Now, like everything else that goes to court, we wait.

In other legal news, the city has won a court case involving contractor Pomerleau. The company’s allegations involved the tendering of work at the sewage treatment plant. It was a $15-million lawsuit and the judge delivered his verdict today, according to city solicitor Rick O’Connor. Pomerleau can appeal and the city has the right to make a claim for legal costs associated with its defence. Below is a memo to council last month that includes the city’s account of Pomerleau’s allegations.

Pomerleau Lawsuit Memo Jan 17 2014

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Lansdowne Naming Rights Rules

- January 6th, 2014

I screen-grabbed a section of the report to council describing the contract with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, in case there are any questions about the upcoming TD Place announcement and what the rules are.


Design Panel Likes Lansdowne Park Townhouses

- October 17th, 2013

The urban design review panel meets monthly to go over architecture plans for new development. Last month it was Minto’s turn to show the panel its design for the Lansdowne Park townhouses.

Here are the panel’s recommendations.

Interesting that the panel touches on the height of the cinema and how it will affect Holmwood Ave.

But, generally, a big thumbs up for the townhouse designs.

By the way, Minto is calling this the Towns on Holmwood and it appears the company is taking orders soon, if it hasn’t already started.

(I should note, what Minto showed the design review panel might be different than this picture, which was dated April 2012. It’s the only version I had on file.)

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Emptying The Notebook On Jeff Hunt

- September 13th, 2013

Jeff Hunt, president of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, photographed earlier this year. (Darren Brown/Ottawa Sun)

Jeff Hunt, president of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, was the speaker at today’s Ottawa Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Sheraton Hotel. Much of my story came from talking with him after the event, but here are some points he made during his speech that didn’t make it into the story.

During a question and answer session, a man in the audience asked what the RedBlacks’ rules will be about local TV blackouts for home games. It seems teams have the choice of whether or not to ban broadcasting games to the local TV audience. The theory is, teams want to put bums in the seats at the stadium rather than leave them on couches. “I’m very much against blackouts,” Hunt said. “I would never want to stop people from watching our product, no matter in what form.”

Speaking of bums in seats, Hunt said the RedBlacks’ big competition isn’t necessarily other live sports in Ottawa. High-definition TV, the rec room sofa and “beer in the fridge” are the real competitors, he said. That’s why the game experience at Frank Clair Stadium has to be so inciting, it will convince people to leave the comfort of their homes and attend the games.

This probably isn’t news to those who know a lot about Hunt, but he told the audience he has been a longtime Ottawa CFL fan, ever since he saw former Rough Rider Gerry Organ speak in the late 1970s growing up in Labrador City, Newfoundland. Hunt’s family moved to Ottawa in the early 1980s and they bought season tickets to the Rough Riders.

Hunt said his father begged him in 1998 not to buy the Ottawa 67s, which was (in Hunt’s description) on a “death watch.” The Senators were being re-established in the capital and the market for the OHL team looked bleak. “I knew not everyone was going to be able to make Ottawa Senators hockey part of their hockey life,” Hunt said. The success of the 67s, he said, is largely to do with marketing — that is, simply telling people when the games are. He can’t force people to go, but if they have the information they can at least make a choice. He envisions the same philosophy with the RedBlacks.

Again, probably a detail football fans will be familiar with, but Hunt said the genesis of the RedBlacks name was during last year’s Grey Cup when a fan suggested “Red and Blacks.” He liked it since local sports clubs have those colours (not to mention the old Rough Riders team) and it resembled another sports team with a highly recognizable brand: The New Zealand All Blacks rugby team.

On the topic of a mascot, Hunt said the team is thinking about fashioning one after a lumberjack or raftsman. He brought up Joe Mufferaw. I didn’t have a clue who he was talking about, so please don’t tell Ron Corbett.

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