That represents more than two million square feet, or 10 per cent of the space inside the federal government’s Crown-owned assets, as well as those controlled under lease-purchase agreements.
A list of the specific properties - nine office buildings and five non-office structures - was redacted from a draft of Public Works’s National Capital Area 2012 portfolio strategy before it was released to OBJ under access-to-information legislation. The draft report was dated July 12, 2011.
Meanwhile, another 5.2 million square feet of government owned and lease-purchase space will undergo major renovations over the next decade.
Government documents also show the federal government will require 3.14 million square feet of new office space in Ottawa-Gatineau between 2011-13 to:
- Replace Crown-owned space (1.02 million square feet)
- Replace existing leases (1.36 million square feet)
- Accommodate new programs and priorities (760,000 square feet)