Contract awarded for demolition of the south-side stands at Lansdowne

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City of Ottawa

The City of Ottawa has selected Delsan‐Aim Environmental Services Inc. for the mechanical demolition of the remaining south-side stands at Lansdowne Park. The work is scheduled to commence on November 7, 2011 and conclude by mid-January 2012. The contract award for approximately $550,000 is 63% less than the original estimate of $1.5 million.

"Lansdowne Park is an important City asset and it is time to move ahead with this part of its revitalization," said Mayor Jim Watson. "The fact we can do it at a significant cost saving is a real bonus for taxpayers."

The south-side stands are approaching the end of their service life and need to be removed to accommodate the stadium redevelopment. The vast majority of materials from this demolition will be re-used and with the selection of mechanical demolition no disruption to the use of the playing field is anticipated.

Council approved the demolition of the south-side stands in August of 2011. By bringing the south-side stands down at this time the City benefits from a savings of approximately four months in the revised project schedule. This also allows for an additional cost savings as most of the concrete work can take place before the winter months and therefore avoid winter construction cost. The demolition of the south-side stands will help achieve substantial completion of the stadium by December 2013.

No road closure and traffic detours will be required for the duration of the project. The demolition area will be fenced off and secured in order to accommodate planned activities on site, such as the Ottawa Farmers' Market.

For more information on construction activities at Lansdowne Park, visit ottawa.ca/newlansdowne.

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City Outlines Plan To Manage Contaminated Soil at Lansdowne

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CFRA, with files from Stephanie Kinsella

The City's plan to keep contaminated soil on site at Lansdowne Park has Glebe residents seeing red.

The contamination stems from former uses on the site, some dating back decades, and includes heating oil and dry cleaning chemicals.

The City plans to move much of that contaminated soil when the underground parking garage is built, and construct a 'berm,' or man-made hill, near the stadium.

City Environmental Remediation Manager Nancy Horton says taking the soil and creating a berm is something that has been done across the City, and the province, for years.

Residents lined up at a meeting in the Glebe to blast that approach, asking why the City doesn't simply remove the dirt from the park.

A consultant hired by the City says it would take 6,000 dump truck trips to remove all of the contaminated soil, and that would prove riskier than containing some of it on site.

The Ministry of Environment will decide if the plan meets all the necessary health and safety guidelines.

A Bus Pass With Every Condo at Lansdowne Proposed

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Josh Pringle, CFRA

Each residential unit at the redeveloped Lansdowne Park could come with a one year transit pass for OC Transpo.

The Transportation Demand Management Plan report by McCormick Rankin recommends the City require the developers to provide all purchasers of residential units with a transit pass to "create and establish a culture" of transit amongst the residents living at Lansdowne.

The report notes the City of Toronto recently introduced a policy requiring all new condo developments with more than 20 units to include a one year TTC Metropass with the purchase of each unit.

The Transportation Demand Management Plan outlines ideas to ensure the Lansdowne Park redevelopment achieves maximum benefits from a wider use of sustainable transportation modes, including public transportation and bicycling.

The City is also encouraged to set up enhanced bicycle parking facilities, create preferential parking for registered carpools and build showers and locker room facilities for employees at a redeveloped Lansdowne Park who bicycle to work.

Public Meeting for Lansdowne Soil

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Josh Pringle, CFRA

A meeting will be held at the end of this month to discuss the environmental issues surrounding the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park.

Friends of Lansdowne says the lot contains large amounts of contaminated soil that will be dug up during the construction on a redeveloped Lansdowne.

The Ministry of Environment, the City and an independent environmental expert will make presentations on the cost and care required for the clean-up.

The meeting will be held October 27th at the Glebe Community Centre.