SuperEx remains without a home

Seven months before the gates of SuperEx are due to open, the the Central Canada Exhibition Association still has not found a new home for the summer fair.

An announcement on a new site, expected at the end of this month, has been pushed back to mid-February, said CCEA board member Dave Presley.

The annual fair has been forced out of Lansdowne Park, a 40-acre site which is to undergo a massive redevelopment by the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group that includes retail shops, residential units, an urban park and the return of a Canadian Football League franchise.

It was expected SuperEx would relocate to a piece of land the CCEA purchased on Albion Road near the Rideau Carleton Raceway, but that plan has been shelved as the cost of servicing the land became too prohibitive.

“It’s a given that we’re not going to the site (Albion Road) because we just don’t have the time to do everything we need to do to get to that site,” said Dave Presley.

He said the board is looking at a few alternatives, but he declined to list the locations. He also would not confirm whether the fair is moving to the Rideau Carleton Raceway on Albion Road.