Detailed plans for the Lansdowne Park redevelopment circulating among retailers have Glebe businesses questioning the validity of the city’s design process, but proponents say those plans are part of an evolving proposal.
Catherine Lindquist, executive director of the Glebe Business Improvement Area, said they were shocked and outraged to discover the detailed plans circulating that show an increase of residential and commercial areas, including a two-storey Whole Foods store, which fronts onto Bank Street.
“It’s like it’s a done deal. It’s like it’s a fait accompli,” said Lindquist.
“We’re following the due process and providing our input. To see these drawings being circulated to the real estate industry suggests to us the OSEG thinks the Lansdowne Mall is a done deal.”
However, Kevin McCrann, a representative from the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, said the plans the Glebe BIA presented are already a number of iterations old.
“Those are old drawings. I would say they are almost irrelevant to what we are doing today,” said McCrann. “The 63,000-square-foot Whole Foods is not an accurate number whatsoever.
It’s premature for us or them to comment on what the ultimate design will be.”