by Friends of Lansdowne

Conservation Review Board Recommends Against City Plans to Move Lansdowne Park’s Horticulture Building

Heritage Ottawa wins its objection to de-designating the heritage building

Ottawa, May 28 2011 – The influential Conservation Review Board has issued a formal Recommendation upholding Heritage Ottawa’s position that the City should not move the Horticulture Building in order to make way for parking and a mulitiplex cinema at Lansdowne Park.

In a four-day hearing before the CRB in April, Heritage Ottawa objected to the City’s plans to repeal the bylaw that protects the heritage status of the 1914 Horticulture Building. The City of Ottawa intended to lift the designation in order to re-locate the structure elsewhere in Lansdowne Park, allowing private developers full rein to construct a massive cinema and underground parking on the site.