NCC cancels LeBreton Flats proposal process after initial deal falls through

LeBreton Flats
A rendering of RendezVous LeBreton's proposal for LeBreton Flats.

The National Capital Commission has officially cancelled the procurement process looking for a proposal to redevelop LeBreton Flats following the collapse of its preferred proponent’s partnership.

The NCC, which owns the 55-acre swath of land west of Ottawa’s core, announced Thursday evening that it’s shutting down the request for proposals process it launched back in 2015. The Crown corporation’s board of directors had met earlier in the day to discuss news that RendezVous LeBreton – the preferred proponent to redevelop the land for a mix of uses including an NHL arena – was unable to resolve issues within the partnership before the NCC’s Feb. 28 deadline.

The NCC said in a statement that it will move forward with a new process for the redevelopment of the Flats starting at its next public board meeting on March 7. The agency added that it will “incorporate lessons learned” from the initial process and build upon the planning work done to date.

It remains to be seen whether any of the original members of the RendezVous LeBreton partnership – Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and Trinity Development Group’s John Ruddy – or the runner-up bidder Devcore Canderel DLS could be involved in the new process in any way.

RendezVous LeBreton’s proposal officially came to an end on Wednesday when Warren Winkler, the mediator in charge of bringing the parties back into agreement, announced talks had failed. At the core of the dispute had been two lawsuits between Ruddy and Melnyk, with the latter alleging that Trinity’s nearby 900 Albert St. project – consisting of several residential towers as well as commercial space – represented a conflict of interest with the condos planned for LeBreton Flats.