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City staff ask for more authority in Lansdowne approvals

Given tight timelines for the construction of Lansdowne Park, Ottawa's city manager is looking for more authority to execute deals with Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group.

The authority, if approved, would give City Manager Kent Kirkpatrick the ability to directly sign off on matters relating to the Lansdowne Partnership Plan.

In a report due before the city's finance and economic development committee Tuesday, staff note the authority would only extend to provisions already contained within the legal agreement between the city and OSEG. Any proposed changes to that agreement would still require committee and council approval.

That same report indicates construction at the Lansdowne Park redevelopment is as scheduled and on budget. The report also recommends Minto Communities construct retail sections under its residential buildings, as well as the office building.

"OSEG notes that it is preferable from cost, engineering, construction and warranty perspectives to have one contractor instead of two different contractors build these portions of the retail base buildings and the residential and office buildings above them," the report states. "Minto would earn a fee for the construction of these retail base buildings but the city has received assurances from Minto that the fee being earned is at or below current market rates for equivalent services."

Minto's CEO, Roger Greenberg, is a partner at OSEG. The city's finance and economic development committee is scheduled to discuss the matter Tuesday morning.

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