OTTAWA – The following statements are on behalf of IllumiNATION LeBreton which submitted an extensive proposal on December 15, 2015, to the National Capital Commission (NCC) to redevelop LeBreton Flats, a 53-acre site on the western edge of downtown Ottawa.
Eugene Melnyk, along with a 135-member team of urban planners, transportation experts, architects, environmental advisors and technical experts collectively spent more than 14 months to develop their 2,000-page submission to the NCC.
“Today’s decision by the NCC puts us considerably closer to our vision of creating a signature destination and a modern urban community to welcome even more visitors to the nation’s capital,” said Melnyk. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the NCC, the Evaluation Committee and the countless subject matter experts for supporting our vision and plan for redeveloping LeBreton Flats. We are anxious to begin the next step in this process and are looking forward to continuing to work with the NCC and the community to create a point of civic pride for Ottawa and for Canada.”
“LeBreton Flats and its history are defined by the fact it was once a diverse, bustling community of workers and residents. It truly was an economic and residential hub of Ottawa,” said Ray Sullivan, Executive Director of Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC). “I want to applaud Eugene Melnyk and IllumiNATION LeBreton for having the foresight and vision to bring that important sense of community and city-building back to LeBreton Flats. CCOC is a recognized leader in affordable housing and we applaud the NCC for selecting IllumiNATION LeBreton and its plan for meaningful and strategic inclusion of affordable housing.”
“IllumiNATION LeBreton’s vision is one of inclusiveness. Today’s decision by the NCC means our city is one step closer to establishing the Abilities Centre Ottawa to create the single largest community, sports and recreation complex in the National Capital Region,” said Emily Glossop, Chair of the Board for Abilities Centre Ottawa. “This new facility will bring together people of all ages, from the young to the elderly, and people with and without disabilities to be engaged in programs and initiatives that celebrate sport, health, culture, the arts and active daily living.”
The NCC will be providing both proponents with additional important information on the RFP process. In light of this, there will be no further comments beyond these statements from members of IllumiNATION LeBreton.
IllumiNATION LeBreton reactivated its website today in order to provide the media and general public with easy access to details on its winning proposal. The website is www.illuminationlebreton.ca. This website will remain active until May 4, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time per the communication rules of the NCC.
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