Horticulture Building move approved
Fresh off a legal victory on Monday, the City of Ottawa is moving quickly on plans to refurbish Lansdowne Park, including the 120-metre move of the Horticulture Building.
The approvals come a day after the Ontario Court of Appeal unanimously struck down an appeal from the community group Friends of Lansdowne, which had challenged the sole-sourced partnership between the city and Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG).
Under the deal reached in 2010, OSEG will oversee renovations of Frank Clair Stadium, and build a mix of condominium and retail space in the rest of the park.
To make way for the additional retail space and underground parking, the 98-year-old Horticulture building will be relocated to the end of Holmwood Avenue.
Six months to move building
The project manager, Graham Bird, said a huge steel cage will be built inside the building to keep the structure intact during the move.
"Imagine going inside and creating a huge steel cage, and attaching the building to it, and then putting that cage on wheels, over she goes, then you untangle the cage... and life goes on," said Bird.
Bird said it should take about three months to raise the building onto huge flat beds, another two days to move it, and another three months to lower it onto its new site.
The environmental cleanup of the soil is needed because years ago workers at Lansdowne would simply dump the ashes from heating furnaces into the ground.
Area councillor David Chernushenko said the contaminated soil will be treated on site.
"There is quite an elaborate process to dig it up, to ensure if it's a windy day it won't be moved, that there's dust control, there's sort of suppression of that sort of thing, so there will be no exposure," said Chernushenko.
The city is budgeting more than $14 million dollars for this next stage of work and expects to begin next month and be finished by late fall.
The work still needs council approval next week.