Council has confirmed the city's $700,000 contribution to site-preparation, design and planning costs for new trade-show space near the Ottawa airport. In June, council decided to go forward with a plan to contribute $8.5 million to a new trade-show facility. The Aberdeen Pavilion, Civic Centre and Coliseum at Lansdowne Park are currently the city's best trade-show facilities, but redevelopment plans for Lansdowne mean the trade shows would have to move.
Shenkman Corp., which has proposed a $39.2-million, 218,000-square-foot facility on the airport land, recently told the city it's "essential" to complete preliminary engineering work such as soil compaction and tree removal by mid-October, before frost hits, "so the project will not lose the entire winter construction period," according to a motion approved by council on Wednesday. Shenkman estimates it will cost $1.4 million for site preparation, design and planning work.