Last anti-Lansdowne appeal denied by court
Published Wednesday, August 29, 2012 5:21PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, August 29, 2012 6:57PM EDT
Ottawa’s mayor says the last legal hurdle has been passed for the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park.
The Lansdowne Park Conservancy said Wednesday their request for an appeal of the sole-sourced deal has been rejected.
“It is truly unfortunate that a competitive bidding process for municipal procurement has been sidelined, particularly for such a magnificent, public and historic site at Lansdowne Park,” said LPC coordinator John Ernest Martin.
“The choice is now up to our elected officials.”
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said the loss of that challenge, which said the current plan wasn’t competitive, means the last legal challenge to re-development is over.
“We have an opportunity once and for all to start some major construction to revitalize Lansdowne – triple the amount of green space and trees, add some retail, add some housing . . .” he said.
“(It’ll be) a complete community and finally putting together a plan that we’re going to be proud of at Lansdowne Park.”
Both the Conservancy and Friends of Lansdowne launched failed legal challenges against the city over the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group’s plan, which wasn’t put up against competing bids.