Vibrations expected with Lansdowne work

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Jon Willing, Ottawa Sun

Put away your good chinaware, Glebites.

Work will begin Monday on the underground parking garage in the Lansdowne Park redevelopment and the city is warning residents they could feel vibrations.

"These vibrations can be a nuisance, but are typically not strong enough to cause damage to structures," the city says in a notice.

The work will happen east of Aberdeen Pavilion near the baseball diamonds. It will require steel piles to be pounded into the ground.

According to the city, the contractor has hired a consultant to measure vibrations. Seismic monitors are being installed on Aberdeen Pavilion and on two homes on Holmwood Ave., between Adelaide and O'Connor streets.

The city explains: "All vibrations will be continuously monitored during piling activities and will be cross-referenced with scientifically proven industry standards for damage potential. Should any vibration levels go beyond the prescribed safe levels for buildings, the work will be stopped."

This phase of work, happening between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., will last about three weeks.

Then there's the dust.

Because the weather has been so dry lately, the city and contractor are watering down roads, excavation areas and vehicle tires. There will be dump trucks filled with water at the site and hydrants will be hooked up to hoses. Even on the weekends, a water truck will enter the site twice a day to wet it down, the city says.

Work is also ongoing to clean contaminated soil, demolish the Coliseum building and relocate the Horticulture Building.

It's all happening as the city waits to hear if the appeal court will entertain a judicial challenge from Lansdowne Park Conservancy, which lost in divisional court.

The city's redevelopment project with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group includes condos, offices, retail stores, a cinema, an urban park and a refurbished Frank Clair Stadium and Civic Centre.

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