Feds inch forward on Tunney’s Pasture redevelopment

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More than three years after a consultant started drafting plans for the redevelopment of Tunney's Pasture, the federal government says it will hold a series of consultations over the future of the sprawling 49-hectare office complex.

On Monday, Public Works said it was launching community consultations to assist it in drafting a 25-year "vision" for the Crown-owned campus.

The goal is to submit a master plan for the site to the National Capital Commission for approval sometime next year. The federal government says a master plan is necessary before it can consider demolishing or constructing any new buildings.

Approximately 10,000 civil servants work in Tunney's Pasture's 19 buildings, many of which are regarded as in need of extensive renovations.

The site itself features several large surface parking lots, wide boulevards and ample green space that could accommodate additional buildings.

In an overview of the project to date, Public Works identifies opportunities for high-density developments with a possible residential component on the east side of the property, along Parkdale Avenue. A lower-density development zone is proposed for the western boundary of Tunney's Pasture with general "development opportunities" on the north edge and in the centre of the site.

In 2009, Public Works awarded a $664,000 contract to architectural firm HOK to develop the master plan for Tunney's Pasture.