Two of four Lebreton Flats redevelopment proponents submitted their detailed proposals to the National Capital Commission (NCC) by the extended Dec. 15 deadline, and both include provisions that would support an Ottawa Senators move to an arena in the area.
The Senators were directly involved in one proposal, associated with Rendez Vous Lebreton Group, that will compete against Gatineau based DCDLS Group (formerly Devcore Group) for the opportunity to develop 9.3 acres near the Canadian War Museum. Meanwhile, DCDLS has proposed a concept with “multiple cultural institutions.” The DCDLS proposal also includes provisions for an NHL calibre arena.
The NCC had offered $75,000 each to the proponents, along with two others, to prepare detailed proposals. The proponents who did not submit their ideas by the deadline included Claridge Homes (which originally proposed building concert facilities) and Focus Equities (from Victoria, B.C.), which indicated it wanted to build “an international organization’s headquarters on the site.”
The NCC had originally set a deadline of Oct. 31 for the detailed proposals, but two proponents (the NCC wouldn’t name them) asked for the extension to Dec. 15.
The NCC said in a news release that it will review the submissions to determine if they meet the RFP’s mandatory requirements. If they do, they will be presented at a public consultation on Jan. 26 and 27 at the Canadian War Museum. During the two-day event, exhibition rooms will showcase each proposal, and proponents will make presentations followed by a question and answer period for the public. The presentations will be webcast and live streamed on Periscope to allow Canadians across the country to view and comment on the proposals. Canadians can submit their comments by completing an online questionnaire, which will be available from Jan. 26 to Feb. 8,2016. Comments received by the public will be provided to the evaluation committee.