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Residents get Lansdowne sneak peak

Capital Ward Councillor David Chernushenko is giving the redeveloped Lansdowne Park the thumbs up, but says most of his constituents are waiting to see the final product before they pass judgment.

"I don't think one day of sort of advanced viewing of the stadium was going to do a whole lot to change people's attitudes, but it was a nice gesture," he told CFRA's Madely in the Morning of a sneak peak given to local residents Sunday. "People were curious and more than anything, it was just a gesture."

Chernushenko said the real test would be on July 18th, when the Redblacks welcome the Toronto Argonauts for their home opener.

He said the proof would be whether the complicated transportation plan would work.

"It's very thorough," he said. "In the end, the greatest flaw is that one of the biggest critiques in the beginning is the site of Lansdowne is on one two-lane main street and it's not on rapid transit and it's not going to be one rapid transit," he said. "In a way with transportation, it's doing the best you can with what you've got."

He said he's worried about whether people will embrace the city's transportation plan when it comes to events at TD Place.

The city is urging people to take free shuttle buses from nearby parking lots, to use the bus or cycle to the facility.

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