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Lansdowne Park Could Be Green For Friday

- July 15th, 2014

I have no real concept of how fast it takes to build things, like stadiums and urban parks.

When Lansdowne project manager Marco Manconi took us on a tour of the site last Friday, I remember remarking to Sun photographer Tony Caldwell how much still needs to be done at the park. Bulldozers were pushing out top soil and the art screen was partially installed. Manconi said it was a personal goal to have the sod down in the park by the Ottawa RedBlacks’ first home game this Friday. He wasn’t making any promises.

Seeing the sod go down today is a big deal, both for Watson and Manconi. At the time of writing this, about half of the sod had been laid, so if the weather co-operates, there could actually be a lawn. It probably won’t be ready for people to use yet, but it will make things look so much better for the thousands of people attending the game and watching on TV across the country.

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Follow City Hall reporter Jon Willing on Twitter at @JonathanWilling and at ottawasun.com.

Game Day In The Glebe

- July 4th, 2014

The Glebe BIA is certainly ready to embrace fans on Ottawa RedBlacks’ game days.

At one time the organization was hesitant about what was coming down the pipe with the redevelopment, but now that the project almost done businesses might as well find a way to profit off it.

I chatted today with executive director Andrew Peck, who rhymed off several initiatives the BIA is looking into ahead of the July 18 home opener at Lansdowne Park’s TD Place.

“It’s not just what’s going on at Lansdowne,” Peck said.

This football season could be lucrative for businesses in the Glebe and Old Ottawa South. The restaurants at Lansdowne won’t be open in time for the season, so eateries and bars on and around Bank St. are going to be magnets for thirsty and hungry fans.

And, shuttle buses will start running to TD Place three hours before game time. They’ll go back to the shuttle lots for three hours after the final whistle sounds. That’s a lot of time for pre-game and post-game spending on Bank St.

As Peck put it, “come early, stay late.”

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Follow City Hall reporter Jon Willing on Twitter at @JonathanWilling and at ottawasun.com.

Detailed Lansdowne Park Update

- May 2nd, 2014

Here’s the official update to council. Some good news in there for those advocating for more public washrooms in the city.

Lansdowne Update – Q4Q1 2014_EN – May 2

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Follow City Hall reporter Jon Willing on Twitter at @JonathanWilling and at ottawasun.com.

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.

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Lansdowne’s Urban Village develops a personality

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Le village urbain de Lansdowne développe sa personnalité

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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 www.OSEG.ca.

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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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Follow City Hall reporter Jon Willing on Twitter at @JonathanWilling and at ottawasun.com.