Thursday, February 11, 2010

Lansdowne transportation planning hits a snag

Planning for the transportation needs of a revitalized Lansdowne Park has hit a snag, with the firm who was originally hired by the city to work on a study pulling out due to conflict-of-interest concerns.

From the Ottawa Citizen:

Critics of the Lansdowne Live redevelopment plan had raised concerns about the city's intention to hire the consultants, who had worked with the group seeking to redevelop the property, to do a more thorough study of how a redeveloped Lansdowne should fit into the transportation network in the Glebe and surrounding area.
The move mean that the city now has a short window of time to find another consultant, and have that organization complete their assessment of the transit needs of the site. It also means that we run the risk of allowing transit accessibility to be put on the back-burner while the site plan goes through, which would pose challenges to the success of what whatever football and soccer team may use the space, as well as the Ottawa 67s, and other current tenants, like the city's farmer's market.

It all comes down to one question: How can public transit dovetail with the Lansdowne Live plan to serve the needs of citizens?

Feel free to offer your thoughts in the comments.

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