Last legal obstacle for Lansdowne redevelopment removed

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Canada’s top court has removed the last legal obstacle to the city’s plans for redeveloping Lansdowne Park, rejecting on Thursday an appeal from a local resident opposed to the project.

View from event square looking towards Aberdeen Square.

John Martin has fought the project on the grounds the city should have held an open competition on the plans for the park, rather than partner with an organization called Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group.

The Supreme Court’s decision brings Mr. Martin’s series of legal appeals on the project to an end, city clerk and solicitor Rick O’Connor said in a note to the mayor and council.

Mr. O’Connor added the city will attempt to recover its legal costs from Mr. Martin on top of the $11,000 it is already seeking from the local resident.

Construction at Lansdowne, which is supposed to make it home to new sports teams, condominiums and stores, has already begun. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015.

Organizations: Ottawa Sports

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  • Jayme
    January 11, 2013 - 09:07

    Kevin So if someone takes the city to court for years that cost the city millions and millions your fine with that?

  • Kevin Szabo
    January 11, 2013 - 04:18

    I disagree with the city attempting to bankrupt citizens who disagree with them. The only way to fight these kinds of decisions (Landsdowne) is through the courts. It is onerous to raise funds to protest a city decision in the first place; it is beyond unreasonable to be hit with the city's bill as well. You know that the city spent a LOT of our money defending itself.