City manager given authority to execute Lansdowne deals

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By Alex Boutilier, Metro

Ottawa's finance committee signed off on expanding the city manager's authority to execute parts of the Lansdowne Park redevelopment project with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group Tuesday.

If approved by council, the move would grant City Manager Kent Kirkpatrick the authority to give the city's consent for requests from OSEG within the parametres of the legal and financial agreements approved by council last year.

Kirkpatrick said the move was necessary, given the tight timelines for the project.

The first project on Kirkpatrick's plate will be the construction of retail and office buildings. Minto, whose CEO sits on OSEG's board, has been recommended for the project.