The sluggish process for selling spare federal buildings is trying the patience of politicians and developers hoping to transform them into desperately needed housing in Ottawa.

In May, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) released a list of 10 properties in Ottawa-Gatineau it’s looking to unload. Eight months later, none of them have hit the market.

“I don’t think it’s fast enough,” said Yasir Naqvi, the Liberal MP for Ottawa Centre. “I think it needs to be faster. We do have a real housing crisis in our city and we have a real need to revitalize our downtown core.”

PSPC said all 10 properties remain in the “due diligence” phase of the disposal process. That means completing studies and reports on environmental, heritage and legal requirements, as well as building appraisals.

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