By Alex Boutilier, Metro News
Capital Coun. David Chernushenko is disappointed Ottawa city council will not have an opportunity to see what retailers are being considered for the Lansdowne Park redevelopment before they are asked to approve the $400 million project.
After a council meeting Wednesday morning, Chernushenko said council should not be forced to blindly trust Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group to select appropriate retail tenants.
"Why is it down to me, the opponent, to be saying this isn't good enough. I would think the proponents should be asking the same question," Chernushenko told reporters.
"We need those names. We can't just say 'trust us, sign here.' This is the last chance. This is where we sign the cheque. And it can't be a blank one."
But Mayor Jim Watson said it's not the names of individual retailers, but the mix, that's important.
"What council asked for was we make sure there's a good retail mix and there are unique opportunities and that we fulfill that requirement," Watson said. "The actual names of the stores and the shops and the restaurants will come with time."
Watson added OSEG has a legal requirement to adhere to the mix of retail suggested by council.
"It's a legal agreement (OSEG has) to live up to, and unless they ask us for a change in that agreement we expect that they'll live up to that agreement," he said.