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Senators: an amphitheater project rises from its ashes

Buried a few years ago, the Ottawa Senators arena construction project at LeBreton Flats is rising from the ashes, as the proposal to develop the site by a consortium led by the club has been accepted.

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Thus, the National Capital Commission (NCC) held a meeting Thursday morning, announcing the signing of a “memorandum of understanding with Capital Sports Development Inc., a group led by the Senators to develop a Major Events on LeBreton Flats”. If the objectives of the initiators of the project are achieved, the future of the National Hockey League team in Ottawa will be assured, which has been the subject of certain rumors in recent years.

According to the daily “Ottawa Sun”, in particular, the deadline for having work started by a contractor on the planned site is 2024. In addition, a lease will have to be signed by January 23. In addition, the group led by the “Sens” includes the company Live Nation, specializing in the organization of shows, and the architecture company Populous, at the base of the construction of the home of the Islanders of New York, the UBS Arena.

“Today’s announcement is a significant step forward in our long-term vision for a downtown arena. We believe this will have a major impact on the National Capital Region and our dealership. This will help shape the future of our city,” Senators president of business operations Anthony LeBlanc said in a statement.

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The local newspaper reported that prior to his death on March 28, concession owner Eugene Melnyk had taken steps to apply for the NCC-led development process. The last attempt of the businessman had proved unsuccessful a few years ago, bickering with associates having seriously compromised the project.

The latter, launched in 2014 under the name Rendez-vous LeBreton, was initially to lead to the establishment of a sports complex for the Senators, a hotel, a commercial area and another residential area.

The Senators, currently owned by Eugene Melnyk’s daughters Anna and Olivia, have been playing at the Canadian Tire Center since January 1996. The venue is located in the Kanata neighborhood, formerly a municipality, which is more than 20 kilometers from downtown Ottawa.