An integrated site plan that aims to make Lansdowne Park a highly sustainable and accessible gathering place was approved on Monday by Ottawa City Council.
City Council voted 16 to 5 to approve the site plan, which is subject to meeting certain conditions before the final approval process is completed in 2011.
"The plans for the new Lansdowne have evolved and improved," said Mayor Larry O'Brien. This plan will create an exciting urban place that is accessible to all and is a shining example of community and environmental sustainability."
In addition to approving the site plan, which focuses on: building locations; on-site circulation for pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, and vehicles; conceptual landscaping for public greenspace; site grading and stormwater management, Council also approved the relocation of the Horticulture Building, 120 metres to the east of its current location. The Horticulture Building, currently in a deteriorated state and used only for storage, is to be moved in one piece by an expert team, refurbished and made into a public building that anchors the new urban park at Lansdowne.
The Integrated Site Plan for Lansdowne includes:
- a large new urban park, designed by Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg landscape architects;
- a refurbished stadium and Civic Centre, designed by Cannon Design;
- a mixed-use area near Bank Street that includes shops, restaurants, services, offices,