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Lansdowne plans to be revealed

The latest design plans for Lansdowne Park will be unveiled tomorrow morning at 9:30 in the council chamber at Ottawa City Hall. If you think it's short notice, you're not alone: Most councillors only found out about it late this morning.

Here's part of a memo the memo they got from city manager Kent Kirkpatrick:

"The purpose of the briefing will be to inform Council on the work related to the Lansdowne redevelopment that has been undertaken since August of 2011, as approved and directed by Council. Architects and landscape architects will present their completed work on the plans to revitalize Lansdowne.

Presenters will be:
- Jeffrey Staates, Phillips-Farevaag-Smallenberg Principal, speaking about the urban park;
- Julian Smith, Julian Smith and Associates President, speaking about the Horticulture Building;
- Robert Claiborne, Cannon Design Principal Associate, speaking about the stadium; and,
- John Clifford, Perkins Eastman Principal, speaking about the commercial-residential area.

The 90-minute presentation will cover the details, sightlines, building materials, architecture and landscape plans for Lansdowne Park.

Architects and landscape architects working on the three pieces of the Lansdowne project − the urban park, the mixed-use area, and the stadium and Civic Centre - have successfully integrated their work and created a compelling design with strong connections to adjacent neighbourhoods.

Ongoing direction for this work has been provided by the Lansdowne Design Review Panel which was established by Council and chaired by George Dark."

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