Lansdowne will face 'some traffic challenges,' Watson says

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By Neco Cockburn, The Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA — There will be "some traffic challenges" at a redeveloped Lansdowne Park, as was the case during major events in the past, but the city is working to manage the issue, says Mayor Jim Watson.

"It's going to be a holistic approach to deal with the challenges that both parking and traffic circulation are going to cause. The flip side to that is that it's actually a pretty good sign of a healthy community when you actually have more traffic, whether it be pedestrian, cycling, because it's a destination point for people," Watson said on Thursday, after concerns about traffic emerged at a meeting of council's finance and economic development committee.

Watson pointed to Westboro, saying it wasn't such a hot neighbourhood 20 years ago.

"Today, it's pretty busy there on Saturdays as well. I don't mean to sugar-coat the fact that I think there are some legitimate concerns," he said. "We've tried as best as possible with contingency plans to deal with them."

Discussion about traffic and transportation issues overshadowed financial matters as councillors approved reports detailing progress and updates on various elements of the Lansdowne project.

A few community members who spoke to the committee repeated concerns that not enough attention has been paid to the amount of day-to-day traffic the site generate, and that managing big events has been the main focus. (There are plans for shuttle services, satellite parking and other measures aimed at managing a large influx of visitors.)

Capital Councillor David Chernushenko followed up with questions to city staff, who replied that the day-to-day traffic has been assessed.

Lansdowne should be car-free, Chernushenko says

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Ottawa councillor David Chernushenko said he opposes the inclusion of three roads open to cars that are included in the latest plans of a redeveloped Lansdowne Park.

On Monday, the city and its partner, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, unveiled updated drawings for building a park, retail stores and a refurbished Frank Clair stadium on the site.

Roger Greenberg of OSEG said the planned streets are needed for shoppers, deliveries, and on-street parking, but said for major events, the roads will be closed to cars.

"We've taken great pains to try to make sure that pedestrians and cyclists have predominance," said Greenberg.

But Chernushenko said instead of the perceived convenience and street parking, the city should consider the less tangible benefits.

"This would be a better site if it's a car-free site," said Chernushenko. "There's a freedom, a liberty, to feeling like 'phewww'...I can stroll here without looking over my shoulder all the time," he said.

Chernushenko said he'll keep pushing for alterations to make Lansdowne car-free on all days.

"We can do something bold and special here and actually make it more socially and commercially successful, if we dare to do it," he said. "I'm sure we won't regret it."

More trees, red brick in detailed Lansdowne design

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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.

Dévoilement du plan détaillé du futur parc Lansdowne à Ottawa

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La Ville d'Ottawa a dévoilé aujourd'hui les plans de conception et d'aménagement du nouveau parc Lansdowne, résultat de la réflexion de quatre architectes retenus à la suite d'un concours international de design.

La présentation de leurs travaux à l'hôtel de ville a donné lieu à un vaste exercice de relations publiques, alors que la cour d'appel de l'Ontario ne s'est pas encore prononcée sur un recours juridique pour stopper le projet.

« C'est important pour nous autres de continuer avec le progrès du parc Lansdowne, certainement tout le monde attend la décision de la cour, mais en même temps, il faut continuer de travailler pour améliorer la situation au parc Lansdowne. » — Jim Watson, Maire d'Ottawa

Grandes lignes du projet de revitalisation

Relier Lansdowne à ses quartiers commerciaux et résidentiels voisins que sont le Glebe et le Vieil Ottawa-Sud, et aux établissements à caractère historique qui bordent la rue Bank. La conception des immeubles commerciaux et résidentiels vise à faire de ces nouvelles composantes du parc Lansdowne une part importante de la communauté environnante;