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(Posted 9:30 p.m., Oct. 3)
Future Landsdowne restaurant, retailers revealed
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The city's finance and economic develop.m.ent committee gave it's blessing to the Landsdowne Park redevelop.m.ent project on Monday, all but clearing the way for construction to begin early next year.

The project must still receive a final blessing by city council on Oct. 10, but that is expected to be a formality as a majority of the councillors have already said they support it, including all three east end councillors.

A great deal of preparatory work has already been on the site in anticipation of council's approval. The construction work will actually be done in phases. Construction on the stadium and parking garage is scheduled to begin in June. Work on the multi-use retail space won't begin until January, 2013, followed by the urban park which the will be the final phase.

The project is expected to cost $250 million, $130 million of which will be spent by the city on the stadium, the urban park and its share of the parking. The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group is covering the cost of the retail space and residential condominiums.

The hope is that the stadium can be completed in time for the start of the 2014 CFL season.

The retail space will include a 10-screen Empire Theatre Complex; an LCBO outlet; a Sporting Life store; and a Whole Foods store. On Tuesday, OSEG revealed they had reached agreements with four restaurants, two of which are based on the west coast.

The Joey Restaurant Group has 17 locations in B.C., Alberta and Washington State, and recently opened three locations in Toronto. They bill themselves as "the best in premium casual dining".

"We are about exceptional food inspired by little out-of-the-way places from all over this big planet." it states on their website. "Inside, our restaurants take you to a place that’s lively, luxurious and never pretentious. Outside, our patios take you on vacation."

South Street Burger has locations throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Their slogan is "Better Beef Makes Better Burgers" The chain is unique in that they purchase their beef from small local co-ops that do not use antibiotics or growth hormones and contains no preservatives or filler.

Il Fornello is another Toronto-based restaurant chain that specializes in wood-fired, oven baked, Neapolitan style, thin crust pizza.

OSEG partner Roger Greenberg from the Minto Group assured members of the committee that retail space will be devoid of any box stores, as had been feared by some, and would not resemble a suburban mall.

"It will be totally unique retail experience," said Greenberg,

Sporting Life will be the largest retail tenant in the new commercial space at roughy 40,000 sq ft. The Toronto-based store sporting goods and clothing store specializes in high-end clothing, footwear and athletic gear.

The stores and restaurants unveiled on Monday will comprise 45 per cent of the 360,000 sq. ft. of retail space proposed for the the redeveloped park. The remaining space will be filled with small locally owned businesses.

Once it's completed, the newly-redeveloped Lansdowne Park will attract between eight and 10 million visitors a year.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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