The proponents of an alternative plan to develop Lansdowne Park rejected last week by city procurement officials intend to appeal the decision.
Last Friday, John Martin, coordinator of the Lansdowne Park Conservancy, filed notice with Chief Procurement Officer Jeff Byrne, of “substantive objection” with the Lansdowne process and requesting an internal review.
“If they do, if we follow that, we’re extremely confident the Conservancy will prevail,” Martin said. “We’re one-third the cost [of Lansdowne Live] with three times the benefit to the City of Ottawa.”
If the city refuses to review the decision, Martin said, the Conservancy would take the matter to court.
The Conservancy registered a plan for Lansdowne last Monday which would see it run on a non-profit basis, and exclude private retail and residential development.
They retained the firm NBBJ, which has designed numerous stadiums including Los Angeles’ Staples Centre, to plan the new Ottawa stadium, which could be located either at Lansdowne as part of the park’s redevelopment or at LeBreton Flats.
Byrne, in a letter to the Conservancy, rejected the bid as “not timely.”