Published on September 1, 2009 8:22 PM by dbo.
Contrary to my previous report, the public unveiling of the Lansdowne plan will be presented to council tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 2. The final result is a collaboration between government, represented by the city and other commissions, and the Lansdowne developers. A detailed plan is the promised result from the negotiations, planning and design performed over the last four months, expanding from the concept of the original presentation to council. It is said the plan meets all the criteria set out by the council when they commissioned this negotiation period and also does not require federal or provincial funding to complete the project. That alone makes the plan and design worth a review by the citizens of Ottawa.
Ottawa Mayor Larry O’Brien has privately been presenting the plan to councillors in advance of the formal presentation. Now official, the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group has applied formally to the USL for a franchise as had been hinted at since April. If successful in acquiring a franchise, soccer will become another major tenant of the stadium which is part of the park proposal. A small detail regarding the acceptance of of buses on Queen Elizabeth Drive, which follows the Rideau canal, during park events by the National Capital Commission shows the consultation and cooperation this plan is receiving from the many different stakeholders. After tomorrow’s unveiling Ottawa citizens should evaluate what the plan is, not what it isn’t, for getting greater cooperation and bang for the dollar on another plan may be too much to ask.