Ottawa: NCC proposal for former train station gets punted

Ottawa’s historic former downtown train station appears destined to remain a private meeting place for bureaucrats and politicians after government officials shot down a National Capital Commission request to consider alternative uses, documents show.  The Crown corporation said Canada’s 150th anniversary could be used as an opportunity to redesignate the underused Government Conference Centre, located between tourist landmarks such as Parliament Hill, the National War Memorial and the Ottawa Convention Centre. Over the years, different business and tourism groups have floated various visions for the property that never came to fruition, including turning it into a hub for startup tech firms and a terminal for a commuter rail system. In 2010, the NCC wrote a letter to the department responsible for the federal government’s property portfolio, Public Works, asking to engage in a “visioning exercise” for the conference centre. Read more..


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