Report: Hope for arena at LeBreton Flats ‘still very much alive’

Construction work is seen in progress on the Lebreton Flats in 2016. (Adrian Wyld/CP)

After months of public consultation the National Capital Commission said on Tuesday that it would move forward on developing LeBreton Flats with or without a plan for an NHL arena in place.

According to CTV News Ottawa, NCC CEO Tobi Nussbaum said the idea of having an NHL arena as part of the development was “still very much alive.”

A previous joint bid from Senators owner Eugene Melnyk’s and developer John Ruddy (Rendezvous LeBreton Group), fell apart after the two sides couldn’t agree on a development plan and mediation failed.

“We are very much open to the idea of a major event centre,” Nussbaum told CTV, though he also noted there haven’t been further talks with the Senators. “Should there be opportunity in the future… It’s not a decision that needs to be made in the short term from our perspective.”

CTV added that the NCC wanted to have a draft master plan for LeBreton Flats in place by November.

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