Subject: 250 Lanark Avenue
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2013 19:50:46 +0000
Dear Community Association Presidents of Kitchissippi Ward,
On Monday, February 11th, I learned that the Federal Government has determined that 250 Lanark, a 7 acre parcel of land with a remaining 7 storey office building located adjacent to the Westboro Transitway Station in Westboro Beach, is surplus and are looking to dispose of it.
They have advised the City and requested feedback on the City’s interest in the property. I have advised staff that I would like for the City of Ottawa to acquire the site so as to be able to guide the process of the re-use of the property. At this time I have been in discussions with my colleagues and the senior management at the City to develop a potential strategy.
Should we be successful, my expectation moving forward is for the City to lead a process to create a community vision and support for a redevelopment of the site that would include new park and recreation space as well as a mixed-use private development component. The proceeds from the private development would off-set the cost of the land and new facilities built for our growing community.
Moving forward, I will be looking for community partners to engage on this issue and work together to develop a plan and a new part of our community we can all be proud of for generations to come. I am motivated and hopeful that working together we can make this a reality.