Melnyk 'very confident' about reaching deal to redevelop LeBreton Flats

<p> The future of the LeBreton Flats redevelopment project looked bright Friday following a meeting with Ottawa mayor Jim Watson and the RendezVous LeBreton group.</p> <p> Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and John Ruddy from Trinity, two key players for the project, met with city officials to discuss municipal affairs and finances. &nbsp;</p> <p> Following that meeting Melnyk told reporters he had ‘more confidence’ about the project now than ever, and that he has the money to move the project ahead.</p> <p> “From the Ottawa Senators perspective, we are fully capable of funding our portion of what we need to accomplish,&quot; he said.&nbsp;</p> <p> Melnyk added that there were still hurdles ahead, but would not elaborate further.</p> <p> The city is in talks with the RendezVous group to plan things like public transit, greenspace, and parks at the site. The mayor said a wide range of issues were talked about, but because of confidentially between NCC and the city could not specify.</p> <p> He said site plan, and zoning amendments were discussed.</p> <p> The city reiterated that they will not be providing funds to support the project.</p> <p> Watson said as a member on the board of the NCC, and mayor of the city, he wanted to make sure the project was still on schedule.</p> <p> “We don’t want to be a hindrance to that,” Watson said.</p> <p> “We’ve told our staff that this a project we want to roll out the red carpet and not the red tape on, &nbsp;because it’s a major investment on the private sector.”</p> <p> Melnyk said an agreement with the NCC was close.&nbsp;</p> <p> “We’re getting there but it’s a lot of work,” he said.</p> <p> As for moving the Ottawa Senators, Melnyk called the situation ‘fluid’, but made it clear the team was staying in the capital.</p> <p> “The constant is that we’re here to stay in Ottawa for a long time.”</p>