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(Posted 7:30 p.m., Oct. 10)
City council gives final approval to Lansdowne redevelopment project, tentative nod to future casino
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

It's taken nearly four years, but the controversial Lansdowne Park redevelop.m.ent project has finally been given the go ahead by Ottawa city council.

Councillors voted 21-3 in favor of allowing the $250 million project to proceed which will pave the way for CFL football to return to Ottawa in 2015.

Although the vote was seen as a mere formality, it represents a point of no return for the project. Construction will now proceed on the north and south side stands of the new stadium as well as the foundation for the horticulture building which will be moved to its new site in November.

Construction of the mixed use residential/retail space will begin next spring, followed by the commencement of work on the urban park in August.

Most of the work will be completed by the spring and summer of 2014.

The Lansdowne Partnership Plan between the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group will see the city spend $167.4 million on the new stadium, parking garage, urban park and associated servicing costs.

OSEG will cover the construction costs of the mixed use residential/retail space and assume the risk of any cost overruns.

After approving the Lansdowne Park project, council voted 19-5 in support of further exploring the possibility of bringing a casino to Ottawa. In essence city council agreed to support in principle becoming a "host city" for a gaming establishment.

It is not clear what weight city council's support carries with it, or what would have happened if the motion had of been defeated. The Ontario government, through the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, has already expressed a desire to build a casino in Ottawa and and have begun the tendering process to find a private sector operator.

Only one preferred proposal will be presented to council in 2013 for its mandatory approval.

The motion passed by council calls on the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation to establish a Request for Proposal process that is "fair, transparent, open and competitive and which provides all proponents, including the Rideau Carleton Raceway, an opportunity to compete within a level playing field".

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