Last updated on 9 July 2014
Where can I find the latest news about Lansdowne?
You can subscribe to the City of Ottawa's Lansdowne email updates here.
We will also do our best to keep residents informed about current work and important developments at Lansdowne through this website and the Capital Ward Newsletter.
How can I find out more about the exact plans for Lansdowne and how the work will progress?
Some aspects of this major redevelopment are too complex for us to tackle on the Capital Ward website. In other cases, we may not have a satisfactory answer — especially as we can't control when and how the City of Ottawa chooses to release and present information about the Lansdowne project. Please note also that, unfortunately, some documents previously available on the City's own website are no longer readily available.
You may also wish to consult the Wikipedia entry on the Lansdowne redevelopment. It offers relatively clear, concise and objective descriptions of the project's history and the plans for the site.
What’s the schedule for work at Lansdowne?
The rough timelines posted on the City of Ottawa’s website is out of date and may not reflect delays. The City's Construction Impacts page and its Construction Updates provide a better idea of the project's current progress.
The stadium is now completed, and the urban park will open on Aug. 16, 2014. Stores and restaurants are expected to open starting in fall-winter 2014-2015. The project is expected to be wrapped up in mid-2015.
Will there be a pedestrian zone at Lansdowne?
What is OSEG?
OSEG, which stands for Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, is made up of Ottawa businessmen Jeff Hunt (owner of the Ottawa 67's OHL hockey team), Roger Greenberg (chairman of Minto Group), Bill Shenkman (property developer) and John Ruddy (president of Trinity Development Group). They were awarded a Canadian Football League (CFL) expansion franchise on the condition they could secure a suitable stadium, which led to the original Lansdowne Live! proposal to redevelop Lansdowne Park.
What is the Lansdowne Partnership Plan?
The Lansdowne Partnership Plan (LPP) is a public-private partnership between OSEG and the City of Ottawa to redevelop Lansdowne Park. The previous City Council approved the LPP in principle in November 2009, but with a series of conditions that included:
- Undertake a thorough study of the transportation issues at a redeveloped site, including a plan for restraining the growth of vehicular traffic.
- Initiate reviews of both the financial proposal and the retail approach to ensure the project is financially viable.
- Hold a design competition for the creation of the new urban park — including the Ottawa Farmers' Market, Horticulture Building and the Aberdeen Pavilion — in partnership with the National Capital Commission and Parks Canada Agency.
On October 10, 2012, the current City Council vote 21-3 to proceed with the LPP and sign the final contracts with OSEG. (Councillors David Chernushenko, Diane Holmes and Diane Deans voted against the plan.) You may to consult the Final Report on Legal Agreements (25 September 2012) or the more concise FEDCO presentation (2 October 2012 – PDF 1.4 MB) for the current arrangement.
As part of the Lansdowne Partnership Plan, OSEG plans to renovate the Frank Clair Stadium/Civic Centre complex and develop stores, restaurants, a 10-screen movie theatre, condos, and offices on the Lansdowne site. The plan originally called for a hotel as well, but this is no longer included.
How much will the Lansdowne redevelopment cost taxpayers?
City Council initially approved a capital budget of $155.4 million for stadium and arena renovations and the parking garage, while the budget for the urban park was set at $37.5 million. In September 2012, the City revealed that the capital costs had jumped by $12 million to $167.4 million. As of September 2012, the urban park was on budget and on schedule.
OSEG is paying for the retail, condo and office buildings.
Can you explain the OSEG/LPP financial model?
To understand the current financial model, we suggest that you consult the Final Report on Legal Agreements.
For the original financial model and background information, please consult the following documents:
Please contact the City if you have further questions about the financial aspects of the Lansdowne project.
How tall will the new buildings along Holmwood be?
Current plans for Block C, which includes the movie theatre, call for three floors and a total height of 24.3 m (80 feet). Block D, consisting of two storeys and roof, will be a total of 12.2 m (40 feet). Zoning for the office tower allows seven storeys (a two-storey podium with ground floor retail and five floors above the podium).
What restaurants and retail stores can we expect?
Restaurants confirmed so far include:
South St. Burger Company
Local Lounge and Grill
Retail stores and services confirmed so far include:
Whole Foods Market
RedBlacks/67's/Fury FC Team Store
BMO Bank of Montreal
Cineplex Cinemas Lansdowne and VIP
How will all the new retail affect existing businesses in the area?
It's difficult to predict the effects on local stores and restaurants until we see the complete retail plan and know exactly what kinds of businesses will be going into the site, and how the City's traffic management plans address anticipated parking and congestion problems.
A 2009 Market and Development Analysis prepared for the Glebe BIA concluded: "Until we know exactly what the Lansdowne Live proposal includes, we cannot comment on any of its positive or negative impacts on Bank St. businesses. Nevertheless, any proposal that would shift the retail business focus from Bank St. to Lansdowne in a significant way is likely to be severely damaging to the Glebe businesses. We believe that the retail market on Bank St. south of the Queensway is already fragile due to access, congestion, and parking problems and competition."
This is in contrast to a 2009 retail report prepared for OSEG, which states: "The strength and diversity of the retailers on Bank Street combined with the unique Lansdowne redevelopment will lead to a stronger commercial core along Bank Street."
Will the Ottawa Farmers' Market return to Lansdowne? When?
The Farmers' Market, which has been temporarily moved to Brewer Park, is scheduled to return to Lansdowne Park in November.
The market will have "non exclusive use" of Aberdeen Square for up to seven days a week between May and November, and space inside the adjacent Aberdeen Pavilion to hold an indoor market on weekends from November to April.
The Christmas market will be held this year on the weekends of and Dec. 6-7 and 13-14.
The proposed schedule for 2015 will see the outdoor market open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What happened to all the opinions and suggestions collected through public consultations? Was any of this information used to improve the Lansdowne plan?
The City did post links to the public consultation findings on its website at one point, but these links are no longer there.
Who can I contact for more information or for answers to other questions?
If you are not getting the answers you need, contact:
Manager, Design & Construction – ESF Program
Infrastructure Services Dept.
613-580-2424 ext. 21301
Finally, you may also direct specific questions about construction at Lansdowne to:
Manager, Design & Construction, Building/Facilities & Parks
Infrastructure Services Dept.
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 43229