The station on the east side of downtown should move somewhere west of Elgin Street to be closer to property owners, rather than in Confederation Square or close to the ByWard Market, says John Clark, vice-president of valuation and consulting at The Regional Group of Companies Inc.
"The station needs to be located where the jobs are, and that's between Bank and Elgin," Mr. Clark says.
"I think Confederation Square is the wrong place because there are no buildings there ... and over at the Rideau Centre there are some jobs, but not as many there. There are more in the core."
In March, the city announced it would move a station previously planned for Confederation Square to another location closer to the ByWard Market.
Elgin Street businesses took up a petition in response and the owner of the Lord Elgin offered $2 million to the city if it would move the station back. But this was rejected on the basis of additional cost to the $2.1-billion project.
In response to concerns about placement, the city said it would work with the National Arts Centre to consider constructing a tunnel connecting Elgin Street to the closest light-rail station along Queen Street.