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The National Capital Commission says a new vision for the 22-hectare LeBreton Flats, seen on Jan. 21, 2016, will include the potential for a new 'major events centre' – but that plan might not include the Ottawa Senators.

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The federal government is once again trying to off-load Crown lands next to Parliament Hill that have remained virtually empty since the 1960s.

The National Capital Commission (NCC) will issue a new call for proposals to develop the LeBreton Flats area of Ottawa after a former redevelopment plan, which featured a new arena for the Ottawa Senators, ended in failed mediation and lawsuits.

The federal agency says a new vision for the 22-hectare site on the Ottawa River will include the potential for a new “major events centre” – but the centre might not include a new home for the city’s NHL team.

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“We recognize that we need to move ahead with this project regardless if there is a major events centre or an arena there,” NCC chief executive Tobi Nussbaum told reporters Thursday.

“This is an important site and we feel the conditions are such that we can succeed without [an arena]. That said, we’ve learned that there were some wonderful capital-building elements that we saw in the previous process, and we’re determined to maintain that sense of vision, of ambition, of boldness.”

Ottawa’s LeBreton Flats row gets worse before it gets better

National Capital Commission extends LeBreton Flats dispute deadline

The Ottawa Senators’ owner, Eugene Melnyk, had joined with land developer John Ruddy to come up with a $4.1-billion plan for the federal land that included a new hockey arena, but the partnership soured and finally ended last week after weeks of mediation talks led by a retired judge.

Both partners have launched lawsuits against each other, claiming more than $1.7-billion in damages between them.

Mr. Nussbaum said the NCC remains committed to developing LeBreton Flats despite the problems that have plagued the project thus far. This time, the process will include a phased approach, beginning with certain parcels of land and tighter timelines for negotiations.

Once an updated overall concept plan has been drawn up, which would include public input, an initial request for proposals will be launched for a one-hectare site adjacent to the future location of a central library for the city, which also includes space for Library and Archives Canada.

The hope is to see a development that will include a mix of residential, commercial and cultural elements that will be guided by market decisions, NCC board chair Marc Seaman said.

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“The board has remained steadfast in its commitment to the redevelopment of these lands and to bring back a vibrant community to the heart of the National Capital region.”

LeBreton Flats was a working-class and industrial neighbourhood until the federal government expropriated and razed it as an eyesore in the 1960s. Plans to build a major government complex there never came to fruition. It now includes the Canadian War Museum and a handful of condominium buildings but multiple redevelopment schemes have foundered.

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