The NCC is negotiating with RendezVous LeBreton Group to transform the 21-hectare site just west of the Parliament Buildings along the historic Ottawa River. Negotiations are expected to continue for at least another year. Periodic updates will be provided at NCC public board meetings.
A milestone announcement
We’re pleased to announce that the NCC has reached a preliminary agreement with RendezVous LeBreton Group for the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats. The agreement defines the main terms and conditions that will form part of a master development agreement governing the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats. The preliminary agreement was approved by the NCC Board during an in-camera meeting on January 24, 2018.
This announcement represents an important step forward for the future development of LeBreton flats. However, there are several hurdles to overcome in the months and years ahead. During this period, in collaboration with RendezVous LeBreton Group, the NCC will continue to consult with the Algonquin Nation regarding its participation in this redevelopment project.
Negotiations with RendezVous LeBreton Group
In 2014, the NCC moved forward on its priority of revitalizing LeBreton Flats. In responding to the NCC’s call to the private sector for imaginative approaches, the Devcore Canderel DLS Group and the RendezVous LeBreton Group presented detailed proposals to the NCC in December of 2015.
As part of the evaluation process, the public provided extensive input through in-person and online public consultations.
Both teams passed the mandatory point-rated stage of the solicitation process, and RendezVous LeBreton Group scored highest. Following preliminary discussions, the NCC granted preferred proponent status to RendezVous LeBreton Group in November 2016, and the parties have since begun formal negotiations.
Hightlights of the RendezVous LeBreton Group proposal
- A major event centre, with 18,000-seat capacity, a green roof and new views toward Parliament and the Ottawa River
- The LeBreton Square: A new cultural and social meeting place with capacity for 28,000 people
- The Sensplex: A community rink housing two NHL-size hockey rinks
- The Abilities Centre Ottawa: A multi-use sports facility promoting healthy living, rehabilitation and recreation
- The Aqueduct: A linear water channel reborn as an engaging public space
- Public Art Axis and the Innovation Promenade: A pedestrian concourse with an experiential digital pathway, in partnership with the Canada Science and Technology Museum
- Other public realm features: the Green Lining, Nation’s Plaza, Canada Drive and the Preston Canopy
- Affordable housing
- Easy access to the LRT system
A total of 7,939 Canadians submitted written comments on the proposals, and more than 3,000 participated in the open house and live broadcast in January and February 2016. The evaluation committee benefited immensely from the extensive comments provided by the public and stakeholders in 2016.
Throughout the coming year, the NCC and RendezVous LeBreton Group will finalize a master development agreement, which will be presented to the NCC Board and, when approved, submitted to the federal government.
In the meantime, the NCC will continue to present status updates to the NCC Board, as RendezVous LeBreton Group seeks municipal approval. Citizens will also have further opportunities to engage in the process.
In partnership with the Algonquin First Nation communities of Pikwàkanagàn and Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, as well as Canadian Heritage, the NCC has created a new park highlighting Indigenous culture and heritage.
Fleck Fountain Plaza
Fleck Fountain Plaza, a symbol of the regeneration of LeBreton Flats, is located at the southwest intersection of Wellington and Booth streets.