From new information I have received:
Construction starts May 22nd (It has started today, there's 2 excavators on site and a crew is doing prep work.)
Bayshore access via Richmond Road closes June 4th. I have a feeling they're doing something to the bridge that takes you from Richmond Road right into the 2nd floor parking structure of Bayshore Shopping Center.
Construction of "Phase I" is supposed to last until Janurary 2013.
I did a little digging on the City of Ottawa website to see what exactly each phase is.
From this document: http://webcast.ottawa.ca/plan/All_Im...02-12-0001.PDF
"Phase I" is described as follows:
1. Demolition of East Parking Structure / Construction of the New East Retail Addition
This phase of the development proposal includes the demolition of the east parking
structure (next to the existing Zellers) with a loss of approximately 800 parking spaces
and the construction of a new three-storey, approximately 16,300 m² retail addition.
The new floor area is expected to accommodate new commercial tenants, some new to
the Ottawa Market, as well as an expanded and relocated food court.