The National Capital Commission’s Board of Directors today authorized the NCC to begin negotiations for the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats with RendezVous LeBreton Group, and to report back to the Board with a status update in November 2016.
I commend both teams for their ambitious and visionary proposals, as well as the thousands of Canadians who participated in the NCC’s public consultations for their commitment to a renewed LeBreton Flats. In advancing this historic project, our goal is to create a new vibrant neighborhood in the heart of our Capital that reflects the national significance of the site and integrates seamlessly into the civic life of the city.- Dr. Mark Kristmanson, Chief Executive Officer of the National Capital Commission
The evaluation committee assessed both proposals and ranked RendezVous LeBreton Group’s proposal highest. The Committee also considered the extensive comments provided by the public and stakeholders during consultations.
The evaluation committee concluded the following:
- That both proposals passed the mandatory and points-rated requirements of the competition
- That both RendezVous LeBreton Group and Devcore Canderel DLS Group have experienced teams capable of delivering the proposed projects and would be ready to enter into negotiations with the NCC
- That the level of conditionality and the financial terms proposed by the proponents would need to be addressed in negotiations.
The Board of Directors’ authorization is in accordance with Section 13.2 of the Request for Proposals, which states that the NCC can enter into negotiations with the highest ranked proponent and, failing successful negotiations, can enter into negotiations with the second-highest ranked proponent.
Negotiations will include fair market value of development lands, remediation, phasing, public realm ownership, pathway connectivity and stakeholder engagement, among other topics. Should a final agreement be reached, it will be submitted to the federal government for approval.
The project will then shift to the municipal sphere for official plan and zoning amendments, where citizens will have further opportunities to engage in the process.
- The competitive process to redevelop 21 hectares of prime land on LeBreton Flats began in 2014 with a request for qualifications that led to four teams being invited to submit detailed proposals. On December 15, 2015, Devcore Canderel DLS Group and RendezVous LeBreton submitted detailed proposals.A total of 7,939 Canadians submitted written comments on the proposals, and more than 3,000 participated either person at the open house or via live broadcast during two weeks of public consultations in January and February 2016.
- LeBreton Flats is home to the Canadian War Museum, a multi-residential development, festival grounds, multi-use pathways, the Mill Street Brew Pub, the forthcoming National Holocaust Monument, and is also adjacent to the soon-to-be completed Ottawa light rail transit system.
The evaluation committee was very pleased with the creativity of both teams in terms of urban design and architecture and I commend them for their efforts. In addition to the invaluable comments from the public, the evaluation committee also benefited from the technical advice of more than 20 subject matter experts. I would like to thank them, as well as the members of the committee, for their dedication to building an inspiring Capital Region.- Stephen Willis, Executive Director of Capital Planning and Chair of the Evaluation Committee
The evaluation process was comprehensive, clearly based on the appropriate criteria and benefited from the informed discussion of the members of the evaluation committee. I am very satisfied with the results.- A.J. (Jack) Diamond (Diamond Schmitt Architects), member of the Evaluation Committee
We monitored the entire competitive process, including the evaluation and all communications with the proponents, and we certify that the procurement process to date has been open, fair and transparent. We are not aware of any issues that would impair the fairness of this project.- Louise Panneton, P1 Consulting, fairness monitor