The business point of view (by some) of Lansdowne.

Found this in the Globe and Mail business section this morning – would love to know how the rest of the Glebe business community is doing.

Lansdowne has new game

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015-

A new football stadium for the CFL’s RedBlacks gave this Ottawa neighbourhood a rallying point in its reformation. High-end retail, restaurants, bars and a condo hope to complete the comeback

ADAM STANLEY
Special to The Globe and Mail

OTTAWA — Walking through Lansdowne Park on a crisp fall afternoon, you’d never know that in the years leading up to its recent $200-million renovation it used to be merely a slab of asphalt with a football stadium with one side that was crumbling.

Now, after an aggressive revitalization project that opened in November of 2014, Lansdowne is a hotbed for businesses and restaurants that drew 1.5 million visitors in its first year, according to numbers provided by the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG), one of the key stakeholders of the project.

“People have had a very positive impression of the new stadium [Lansdowne is home to the North American Soccer League’s Ottawa Fury and the Canadian Football League’s playoff-bound Ottawa RedBlacks] and the retail and restaurant components,” explains Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “People keep coming back and experiencing something new.”

Originally developed as municipal fairgrounds in the 1860s, Lansdowne Park – a stretch of land on Bank Street adjacent to the Rideau Canal, about three kilometres from Parliament Hill – has gone through many iterations.

It was the home of the Ottawa SuperEx until 2010; bands such as U2, the Rolling Stones and David Bowie have performed on its grounds. It has also been the home of three CFL franchises – the aforementioned RedBlacks, the ill-fated Renegades (2001-05), and the Rough Riders (18761996).

When a proposal was brought to the table in the mid-2000s to revitalize Lansdowne Park once and for all, there were many skeptics. But the formal launch of the new Lansdowne in June of this year – as part of the Women’s World Cup of soccer – was met with much fanfare.

Mr. Watson says even those who were vehemently opposed to the project initially “have told me it’s turned out a lot better than they have anticipated.”

Lansdowne resides in a well-established neighbourhood in Ottawa called the Glebe, where the average income of its residents is higher-than-average.

According to an Ottawa Neighbourhood Study, the percentage of Glebe residents whose pretax annual income is greater than $125,000 is 7 per cent higher than Ottawa’s average.

That can help explain why such shops as Whole Foods and Sporting Life, long known for their well-to-do clientele, have decided to make Lansdowne home.

“I think with sophisticated retailers who operate all across North America, when they see a site with unique tendencies like this, they recognize they can be successful,” says Bernie Ashe, the chief executive officer of OSEG.

“Lansdowne will be an entertainment energy zone. It mixes public space, heritage buildings, sports stadiums, condos and restaurants.

“It’s just a cool place,” he continues.

And, Mr. Watson agrees.

The Mayor is in his second stint at the helm of Canada’s capital (he was also the Mayor from 1997 through 2000 before representing Ottawa WestNepean for the Ontario Liberal government from 2003 through 2010), and knows the new Lansdowne is something special.

“It’s really just a great place,” he says. “Before it was just acres of asphalt. Now, the lawn at the back [facing the Rideau Canal] is as big as the front lawn on Parliament Hill.”

But David Chernushenko, the city councillor for the ward where Lansdowne is located, told CBC Ottawa that it was too early to tell if the redevelopment has been a success. The city is expected to get the money it invested back over the next 40 years, but according to Mr. Chernushenko, it could be more than a decade before that starts coming in.

That said, some feel this past year has been just the tip of the iceberg for what Lansdowne can offer Ottawa’s residents and visitors.

“The area has gone through a major transformation,” explains Andrew Peck, the executive director of the Glebe Business Improvement Association (BIA).

“There’s an element of weariness having gone through so much change, but the reality is, everyone sees a light at the end of the tunnel and we’re at that light.”

The various amenities are what make tenants of Lansdowne Park so keen to be there, according to Jamie Boyce, the associate vicepresident of CBRE Canada’s Ottawa office.

Mr. Boyce and CBRE are leasing office spaces at Lansdowne, and he says there are already a number of tenants such as a private high school, a new technology company, a dentist and Football Canada.

“From an employee attraction and retention perspective, it’s a landmark location for the city.

Groups that I’ve been dealing with recognize the benefits of all the amenities on site and the open space and vibrancy,” he explains.

The lease rates are comparable to any new construction anywhere in the city. The buildings are attractive because taxes and costs at Lansdowne are twothirds that of those in downtown Ottawa, according to Mr. Boyce.

A full 95 per cent of the retail areas – managed by Trinity Developments – are now leased.

There is one more restaurant set to open in 2016 – the Craft Beer Market, a unique bistro chain from Western Canada – and the 300-unit condominium building on site, managed by Minto Group, will be ready next year.

Each retailer has a lease with Lansdowne Retail LP, and OSEG contracts Trinity to be the builder and site manager for each retail location, according to Mr. Ashe. Trinity is under contract from OSEG to collect rent and service and manage the buildings occupied by tenants of Lansdowne.

As the offices, condominiums and retail locations get filled through early 2016, the Lansdowne of the past won’t be forgotten – there is a collection of historical buildings still on site – but the Lansdowne of the future is now.

“Ottawa is a world-class capital in the best country on earth, and businesses see the city coming in to its own,” says Mr. Peck of the Glebe BIA. “The neighbourhood is stronger for [Lansdowne].

There’s more to do, there’s something for everybody.”

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Sobeys in the Urban Core- “To where the Neighbourhood comes to get Fresh.”

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Last night I wandered down to Sobeys  which just opened on the corner of Lisgar and Metcalfe.

Welcome to Ottawa’s Urban Lifestyle-  – walking and biking to all your needs.

Wow, many of us had hoped that the old Goldstein’s on Elgin would be replaced by another grocery store but this is better than one could hope for.Certainly all the people who also work downtown are overjoyed as well.

With the amount of condos being built downtown, the “hoods” were in dire need of a large grocery store. Especially with good take out and pre cooked foods.

This one delivers that in spades. SOBEYS  Clean, friendly, and choice galore.

The take out food is plentiful and varied with a Sushi counter with Ramen noodles and soup . There is a serving counter for take out and a self serve counter which both times that I have been there ( late evenings) is almost sold out ( the chick pea masala is excellent). Lots of cooked vegetable’s ( my favorite the spaghetti squash- cooked al dente – which was of course sold out).

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The cheese displays are endless. Picture is only part of the display.

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Just try to get past the  cake counter. The cream pies have their own cooler !

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Fish counter looked great and a butcher counter as well as display coolers.

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The vegetables make you want to become a Vegetarian.

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There is a coffee bar attached and a wine outlet.

Best of all- Open from 7:00 a.m. till 11:00 p.m. every day.

 

 

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The White Monkey

Ever go into a store and want to take half of it home with you? Well this is how I feel everytime I go into the White Monkey on Gladstone Ave. I enjoy the designs from all eras and the owners of this store have a great eye whether it be furniture or smalls, lamps, prints or all things retro especially from the mid- centruy.

Owners Jim Robinson and Maciej Fijalkowski

Owners Jim Robinson and Maciej Fijalkowski

The owners Tim Robertson and Maciej Fijalkowski opened this store around 2007.

Tim has a keen eye for finding treasures and together with Maciej (he is the hands on restorer) they  have chosen quality pieces and in many cases reinvented many of the items to a chic New York style. 

This is not just an antique store it is a “style” store that brings you great ideas that are perfect for the urban dweller of  any type of  home or apartment. The one thing you notice is how well the different styles can  mix together. Whether it is the deco buffet bar with the new black lamps atop or the 1970s teak couch recently reupolstered into a  very contemporty look, the items provide not only great decor ideas but are of excellent quality.

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There is a back room full of lamps, dishs (great Fiesta ware)  and vases. The upstairs has a room just for teak.  If you are looking for a statement item there are lots to choose from. The designs are mostly from the mid century with some mint Deco pieces . Right now there is a gorgous Deco armoir, a Deco bar buffett and one of the nicest Deco buffets I have seen (worth buying just for the handles). There is also the lacquered chests of drawers in white or black  that are very modern and have that sleek style that is so popular now for apartments. There are mid century chairs that have been reupolstered providing a modern but warm look. Of course all around is artwork and lots and lots of lovely smalls from glass jars of shells to Japenese laquered boxes. This is a store to go find that “right piece” for any room.  An eclectic mix of furniture and accessories for every taste.

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 While I was there a gentleman bought two Chinese figure  lamps for his hall table – one larger that the other – he was going to put them side by side – one was a brillant yellow and I think the other red. What a great idea and certainly a statement.  As he said ” Why not!.

Put this store on the “must go to” list

The White Monkey    www.vintageretrofurnitureottawa.com

395A Gladstone Ave- open Thurs, Friday,Saturday from 10.am to 5 p.m  Sunday noon till 5   Phone :  613.231-4678