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NCC's new vision for LeBreton Flats includes 'consideration of major events centre'

"A lot of work is already under way and soon we will invite the public to provide their input to help us design a refreshed vision for LeBreton Flats," said NCC CEO Tobi Nussbaum.

The National Capital Commission is moving forward with a concept plan that it says provides a renewed vision for the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats. 

The NCC held a news cenference Thursday morning, saying it intends to seek municipal approval of the plan, as well as associated zoning, before moving to land transaction.  

It's already held consultations with the public, the Algonquin Nation, stakeholders, the surrounding community and the City of Ottawa, and the commission added that it will be open to a flexible real estate strategy to increase competition and leverage opportunities in the area. 

The NCC will also be launching a Request for Proposal to redevelop the Library District, a 2.9 acre mixed-use site adjacent to the future location of the new Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada.

This development, anchored by the Canadian War Museum, the Ottawa River, the future public library and two LRT stations will include the revitalization of the aqueduct and Nepean inlet and allow for consideration of a potential anchor institution or major events centre.

"Today, we reaffirmed our strong commitment to bringing back a vibrant community in the heart of the National Capital Region," said NCC Chair, Marc Seaman. "We thank the public for their shared passion in wanting a well-thought-out vision for the Flats."

The NCC said there have been lessons learned in realizing the creation of an area which combines residential, commercial, cultural, and social elements, accented by world-class public-realm amenities. The commission is now committed to obtaining public input before going to market and will be open to flexible phasing to respond to market conditions and new ideas.

"A lot of work is already under way and soon we will invite the public to provide their input to help us design a refreshed vision for LeBreton Flats," said NCC CEO Tobi Nussbaum. "The redevelopment of LeBreton Flats remains one of the NCC's top priorities.  While we are starting a new process today, we are not starting from scratch."

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