Laura Mueller, YourOttawaRegion.com
OTTAWA - A tree-filled Lansdowne Park with a lot of red brick buildings was the updated vision for the site presented at city hall on Feb. 7.
The more detailed design of the storefront retail, glass-fronted cinema and wood-wrapped sports stadium is the product of six months of haggling among a team of experts that is designing the project, said planning committee chairman, Alta Vista Coun. Peter Hume.
"Creativity often comes from a conflict of ideas," said Hume, a member of the design review panel for the Lansdowne project. "The process has been long and at times, extremely difficult."
The most notable changes were to the plans for the Horticulture Building, a historic structure that was stripped of its heritage designation in order to move it to a different spot on the site.
Julian Smith, the heritage architect in charge of that portion of the project, said a portion of the building will be permanently removed and the north façade, which faces Holmwood Avenue, will have a glass front instead of a brick wall.