On the first day of public delegations on the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park, representatives of the city’s volunteer advisory committees raised a number of concerns with the proposal from the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group.

Chris Mulholland, vice-chair of the Ottawa Built Heritage Advisory Committee, urged council to reject the plan as presented. Plans to move the historic Horticulture Building, he said “must be considered absolutely unacceptable.”

Brian Barrett, chair of the Arts, Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee, echoed concerns over the movement of the Horticulture Building and the preservation of mature trees. He also criticized the decision to build the stadium at Lansdowne.

Locating the stadium at Lansdowne also presents traffic and transportation issues which have not been adequately examined, Shawn Menard, vice-chair of the Pedestrian and Transit Advisory Committee said.

Some 106 speakers are scheduled to speak to council over Thursday and Friday. A final vote on the redevelopment plan has been set for Monday.

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