Development

After the failed legal challenge and a Ontario Municipal Board hearing on the redevelopment, construction on the stadium will not begin until 2012, with completion of the stadium in time for the 2014 season, and completion of the complete project in 2015. Final designs for the retail, parking garage, site servicing, horticulture building, stadium and urban park are expected to be issued in December 2011 or January 2012. Construction on the stadium and parking garage are to commence in June 2012. Construction on the mixed-use building will commence in January 2013. The urban park will start construction in June 2014.

The mixed-use portion is being overseen by Ottawa-based developer Trinity Development Group and will total 360,000 sq.ft. So far, the tenants that have been announced are a LCBO store, a Whole Foods Market (the first location in Ottawa), and a 10-screen Empire Theatres movie theatre.

After approval by Council of the updated plan in August 2011, the City posted a request for developers to handle the development of 280 residential units and the office building. The request deadline concludes on November 15, 2011.The City has awarded two contracts, totalling $700,000, for engineering services to move the Horticulture Building.

In May 2012, the City awarded contracts to proceed with development. The first, to EllisDon to demolish the Coliseum, build a new foundation for the Horticulture Building and excavate and remediate any contaminated soil for $7.5 million. It is expected to be complete by November 2012. A second contract, valued at $6.5 million, to CDS Building Movers, to relocate the Horticulture Building was also awarded. The move is to be complete by March 2013.

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