(from Councillor Riley Brockington)
Dear Residents of Riverside Park North,
This email is intended to provide you with an update on the property located at 3071 Riverside Drive, commonly referred to as the former location of Bayview PS. My last communiqué to the community on this matter was April 21, 2016. A brief update was recently provided at the September 7 meeting of the Riverside Park Community and Recreation Association that I attended.
The 10-acre parcel of land was marketed for sale under a Request for Offers process for an eight week period this summer, which closed on July 28, 2016.
For most of the month of August, staff with the Ottawa Community Lands Development Corporation (OCLDC), which is the arms-length corporation tasked with selling and developing City owned property, analyzed and assessed the various applications that were received. Fixed criteria were developed in advance and included as part of the application package. To provide you with as much information possible, please find attached, the actual criteria and scoring package. In the section that describes the land to be set aside for a park and eventually developed, please note that the items listed as park infrastructure are examples only, no decisions on what goes in to the new park have been made and will be determined by the community via community consultation in the future.
On September 7, 2016 OCLDC staff provided their Board of Directors with a recommendation to proceed with negotiations with the development proponent whose application scored highest. It is expected that the discussions between Ottawa Community Lands Development Corporation and the development proponent will take several weeks. I am not aware of this company’s identity or any of the other applicants. On August 31, 2016, after multiple requests on my part, I signed a non-disclosure agreement and reviewed the illustrations of the actual proposal. My intent was to ensure that there were no gross deviations between the submitted proposal and the Council approved concept plan from 2009. I reviewed the illustrations, but was not permitted to receive specific details of the proposal.
Because there will be deviations between the (recommended) development proposal and the community concept plan that was approved by City Council in 2009, there is a requirement for the Ottawa Community Lands Development Corporation to recommend to Ottawa City Council that some amendments to the concept plan be approved. Prior to the RFO being released, it was determined that there will be no fieldhouse or dedicated sports field as part of the 10-acre redevelopment plan (a park is being retained in its place). If, after negotiations with the developer and OCLDC, the proposal deviates in any additional way from the 2009 concept plan, that too must be publicly disclosed and approved by City Council. This will first go through the Finance and Economic Development Committee at City Hall, and is not expected to deal with this until at least November 2016. Any member of the public who would like to address the committee may do so. Once the concept plan has been revised, the contract between both parties will need to be signed in order to sell the property. Once that is complete, I will be informed who the successful proponent is and will plan to meet with them right away to learn more about their proposal, timelines and to organize a public information session as soon as possible. Until then, we are in a bit of a holding pattern to allow for the submission and negotiations to conclude and City Council to revise the concept plan.
If the timelines I outlined above remain on schedule, I plan to update you again in approximately 4-5 weeks.
If I have unintentionally omitted information you seek clarification on, kindly let me know and I will provide that to you. I remain committed to working with you, as this process and journey evolves.
City Councillor – River Ward