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rocketphish Sep 6, 2014 2:52 PM

NCC - General Updates
 
Public Meeting of the NCC Board of Directors

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
8:30 am to 11 am

NCC Headquarters
40 Elgin Street, Room 324


http://www.ncc-ccn.gc.ca/about-ncc/c...of-directors-6

IntoTheCore Sep 8, 2014 12:32 PM

Rockcliffe Parkway renamed
 
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rocketphish Sep 11, 2014 11:37 PM

NCC eyeing major new capital landmark on LeBreton Flats

Don Butler, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: September 11, 2014, Last Updated: September 11, 2014 7:14 PM EDT


The National Capital Commission wants the private sector to come up with some ideas for developing the long-empty lands on LeBreton Flats — anchoring those suggestions with a new “landmark” building of national significance.

Mark Kristmanson, the NCC’s chief executive officer, spoke about the plan during a breakfast address to the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.

Creating a new “signature development” on LeBreton Flats, he told the business audience, is a top priority for the NCC’s board of directors and for the commission’s political minister, Ottawa West-Nepean MP John Baird.

Kristmanson said staff will present a recommendation to the NCC’s board at its meeting next Tuesday to seek proposals “based on a major public institution or an attraction of regional or national significance, supported by a complementary development scheme.”

The news prompted some to take to Twitter to suggest that LeBreton Flats would be an ideal site for a new downtown arena — an idea that Senators Sports & Entertainment, owners of Ottawa’s NHL team and the Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata, didn’t reject out of hand.

“We are aware that the LeBreton Flats site is large enough to accommodate a downtown professional sports arena,” the company said in a statement. “Before giving this serious consideration, Senators Sports & Entertainment would need to explore whether this concept is something that the people of Ottawa would desire and support.”

The company said it could not comment further until it has a “full understanding” of the process the NCC will undertake to determine how best to develop the site.

The development, which could include residential, commercial and retail elements, would take place on a large tract of land between Booth Street and Bayview Avenue, some of which is now available for development following the removal of contaminated soil.

In an interview with the Citizen, Kristmanson said the NCC needs to move ahead with development on LeBreton Flats, still largely vacant since the federal government expropriated and demolished homes there as part of a stillborn redevelopment project more than half a century ago.

“The NCC has a kind of ethical debt to the city to get this done,” he said. “It has sat there for a long time.”

While he declined to assign blame for LeBreton’s lengthy tenure as the city’s most valuable vacant lot, he said the property is “under the NCC’s watch. It’s our responsibility, and I really want to see it done.”

Kristmanson said the NCC will take a “non-prescriptive” approach to the new anchor attraction, which would likely be situated in the vicinity of the Canadian War Museum.

“We will look to the private sector to bring to bear all of its creativity and innovation to make this a new landmark in the capital.”

The new building could be a museum or other type of public institution, he said, “with hopefully a national reach.

“This is where we’re looking to the creativity of the private sector. It’s not going to be a government-led or driven process. We’ll really be looking to the market and to the creative minds out there to see what they can come up with.”

Kristmanson cited the “evolution” of the surrounding area — particularly Windmill Development’s plans for the former Domtar lands and Chaudiere Island — as one key reason for a major new building on LeBreton.

“With the Windmill development bringing in about three million square feet, mostly residential, to the north of the site, it makes a lot of sense to bring in some major attraction or institution to balance the War Museum,” he said.

Such a building would also create “an attractive place” for people arriving at the city’s future Pimisi light rail transit station at LeBreton Flats, he said. “It makes a lot of sense to do that rather than just let the whole thing go as a mixed-use development.”

Kristmanson, who called LeBreton Flats “immensely valuable,” said he’s had numerous meetings with private sector developers “to get their advice on how to do this — what was done right in the past, what was done wrong. So we’re going forward on that basis.”

Diane Holmes, the outgoing councillor for Somerset ward, which includes LeBreton Flats, said the most important thing the NCC should do with the LeBreton redevelopment is to break up the land into smaller parcels, each with its own architect and developer.

The condos on the eastern part of LeBreton built by Claridge Homes have “resulted in a development that looks institutional, like a hospital, instead of a mixed-used residential community,” Holmes said.

The NCC is also finalizing designs for some interim improvements to portions of the recently decontaminated lands at Booth and Wellington streets to make them accessible to residents and visitors.

Those designs are expected to receive approval from the NCC board this fall and be implemented by next summer.

Across the street, the NCC has begun constructing the National Holocaust Monument, scheduled to open a year from now.

With files from Joanne Chianello

dbutler@ottawacitizen.com
twitter.com/ButlerDon

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-...lebreton-flats

rocketphish Sep 11, 2014 11:39 PM

NCC hopes to cast Ottawa buildings in a better light with illumination plan

Don Butler, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: September 11, 2014, Last Updated: September 11, 2014 6:00 PM EDT


The National Capital Commission is moving ahead with plans to show some of Ottawa’s buildings in a better light in time for Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017.

CEO Mark Kristmanson said Thursday the agency hopes to launch the first phase of its “capital illumination plan” later this fall.

Part of the plan focuses on green initiatives, such as reducing electricity use and light pollution. But the NCC also wants to enhance the “nighttime experience” of the national capital’s urban landscape, Kristmanson said.

At present, he said, illumination of the exteriors of key buildings is done individually. “Some are very bright. Some are not lit at all. We have beautiful, beautiful features that are just simply in the dark.”

For example, the “amazing” white tower that architect Moshe Safdie designed at Ottawa’s former city hall, now the John G. Diefenbaker Building, “sits in the dark at night,” Kristmanson said. Bridges could also be illuminated.

“There are some potential elements that could be brought forward to really change the dynamic of the city.”

Developing an illumination strategy has been part of the NCC’s core area sector plan sine 2005. But until recently, little had been done.

The NCC has been in touch with experts who have illuminated other cities, including New York, Montreal and Quebec City.

It plans to bring some of them to Ottawa for public design workshops this fall “to start to develop an outlook on how to go ahead with this,” Kristmanson said.

The NCC has discussed its illumination ambitions with the mayors of Ottawa and Gatineau, Hydro Ottawa and the heads of cultural institutions, all of whom have expressed interest.

Kristmanson said Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin was intrigued by NCC plans to use illumination to link its ceremonial route, Confederation Boulevard, to the surrounding urban fabric, hoping that could enliven old Hull at night and improve security there.

Enhancing nighttime illumination in the capital will take time, Kristmanson cautioned. “The first phase for 2017 might be modest. We’ll see how much we can do in 30 months.”

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http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-...a-better-light

rocketphish Sep 11, 2014 11:41 PM

By the numbers: The NCC's economic footprint

Don Butler, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: September 11, 2014,Last Updated: September 11, 2014 5:30 PM EDT


CEO Mark Kristmanson made the economic case for the National Capital Commission during his speech to the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Thursday. Here are a few key numbers:

53 Value, in millions of dollars, of contracts awarded last year by the NCC

4,000 Number of contracts awarded last year to about 1,100 companies

68 Amount, in millions of dollars, visitors and residents skating the Rideau Canal typically spend each year

160 Amount, in millions of dollars, of economic activity that generates

2.7 Number, in millions, of visits each year to Gatineau Park, second only to Banff among Canadian wilderness parks

473 Number of square kilometres of land the NCC owns in the National Capital Region

1,600 Number of NCC properties, including six official residence

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-...omic-footprint

J.OT13 Sep 12, 2014 12:09 AM

Two things are needed in the LeBreton/Bayview area: a new home for the Ottawa Senators and an epic Science and Tech Museum, which would be a awesome match with the newly redeveloped E.B. Eddy lands.

1overcosc Sep 12, 2014 1:31 AM

I'm starting to like Kristmanson. It's a new approach for the NCC, actually wanting to get things done and working with the city.

Let's see how he deals with the Western LRT issue.

MaxHeadroom Sep 12, 2014 1:36 AM

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Originally Posted by rocketphish (Post 6726339)
For example, the “amazing” white tower that architect Moshe Safdie designed at Ottawa’s former city hall, now the John G. Diefenbaker Building, “sits in the dark at night,” Kristmanson said.

NCC doesn't pay the electric bill at that building. But regardless of who pays the bill, shining lights up into the atmosphere is not a wise use of taxpayer dollars.

Kitchissippi Sep 12, 2014 1:48 AM

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Originally Posted by MaxHeadroom (Post 6726450)
NCC doesn't pay the electric bill at that building. But regardless of who pays the bill, shining lights up into the atmosphere is not a wise use of taxpayer dollars.

The latest in lighting technology doesn't involve shining excessive lights up into the atmosphere, a more strategic glowing effect can be done with energy efficient LED strips. Probably a lot less to implement and operate than a single fireworks display.

MaxHeadroom Sep 12, 2014 2:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Kitchissippi (Post 6726462)
Probably a lot less to implement and operate than a single fireworks display.

Nope, the LED fixtures needed are not screw in retrofits and are really expensive. If the NCC wants it, they can pay for it.

ars Sep 12, 2014 6:13 PM

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Originally Posted by MaxHeadroom (Post 6726511)
Nope, the LED fixtures needed are not screw in retrofits and are really expensive. If the NCC wants it, they can pay for it.

Disregarding any cost concerns, I think it's actually a really good idea. Lighting really helps liven up the building/area, and the city just looks more livable/friendly in general.

OTSkyline Sep 12, 2014 8:52 PM

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Originally Posted by rocketphish (Post 6726335)
[B]NCC eyeing major new capital landmark on LeBreton Flats

Diane Holmes, the outgoing councillor for Somerset ward, which includes LeBreton Flats, said the most important thing the NCC should do with the LeBreton redevelopment is to ... http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-...lebreton-flats

... make sure nothing proposed is visually appealing or too tall for the surrounding community.


I was 100% sure this was the sentence I was about to read :D

Trans Canada Sep 13, 2014 4:41 PM

Quote:

In an interview with the Citizen, Kristmanson said the NCC needs to move ahead with development on LeBreton Flats, still largely vacant since the federal government expropriated and demolished homes there as part of a stillborn redevelopment project more than half a century ago.

“The NCC has a kind of ethical debt to the city to get this done,” he said. “It has sat there for a long time.”

While he declined to assign blame for LeBreton’s lengthy tenure as the city’s most valuable vacant lot, he said the property is “under the NCC’s watch. It’s our responsibility, and I really want to see it done.”
That is very refreshing to hear. Hopefully he can get things done and learn from the mistakes of the Claridge developments.

Does the Canadian Tire Centre not have at least 15 years of life in it? I can't see ownership building a new one before a replacement is truly needed. An arena at Lebreton would certainly be good for the city, and would probably have a positive effect on ticket sales, but to the owners the added revenue would be negligible compared to the costs of construction.

J.OT13 Sep 13, 2014 6:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Trans Canada (Post 6728358)
That is very refreshing to hear. Hopefully he can get things done and learn from the mistakes of the Claridge developments.

Does the Canadian Tire Centre not have at least 15 years of life in it? I can't see ownership building a new one before a replacement is truly needed. An arena at Lebreton would certainly be good for the city, and would probably have a positive effect on ticket sales, but to the owners the added revenue would be negligible compared to the costs of construction.

Most NHL arenas have a 40-50 year lifespan, which would give the Corel Centre 20-30 more years however, the location has always been seen as a stumbling block. Furthermore, considering Melnyk only paid 92 million (now worth 380 million) for the team, the building and everything else related to the Senators, and that within 10-15 years, they're won't be any land left downtown, it wouldn't be all that far fetched to think they could afford to dump CT for a new downtown location sooner rather than later.

Melnyk could easily recuperate the original 92 million investment just by selling the CT and surrounding land.

http://www.forbes.com/teams/ottawa-senators/

eternallyme Sep 13, 2014 9:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by J.OT13 (Post 6728447)
Most NHL arenas have a 40-50 year lifespan, which would give the Corel Centre 20-30 more years however, the location has always been seen as a stumbling block. Furthermore, considering Melnyk only paid 92 million (now worth 380 million) for the team, the building and everything else related to the Senators, and that within 10-15 years, they're won't be any land left downtown, it wouldn't be all that far fetched to think they could afford to dump CT for a new downtown location sooner rather than later.

Melnyk could easily recuperate the original 92 million investment just by selling the CT and surrounding land.

http://www.forbes.com/teams/ottawa-senators/

Melnyk has a poor relationship with the City of Ottawa though with the casino debacle, so he might want to look elsewhere? That likely means Gatineau if a downtown arena is desired. I think the Domtar site on the east side of Eddy between Laurier and the Ottawa River might be the best place...

rocketphish Sep 13, 2014 9:59 PM

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Originally Posted by eternallyme (Post 6728610)
Melnyk has a poor relationship with the City of Ottawa though with the casino debacle, so he might want to look elsewhere? That likely means Gatineau if a downtown arena is desired. I think the Domtar site on the east side of Eddy between Laurier and the Ottawa River might be the best place...

I don't understand your logic. The City of Ottawa doesn't own Lebreton flats, the NCC does, and they have just expressed an interest in receiving proposals for the site. Also, the Domtar site in Gatineau is owned by Windmill and they have already released their own plans to develop that.

1overcosc Sep 13, 2014 10:56 PM

There's no way in hell the Sens would move to Quebec. Would create way too many complications regarding broadcasting rights and such.

Kitchissippi Sep 14, 2014 3:00 AM

I still think Hurdman would be a great site for an NHL arena, next to the central Queensway and a transit hub + VIA rail. I think an arena would be a bit off-scale and monolithic for LeBreton and its proposed street grid (the CTC would barely fit in the space between Wellington and the aqueduct). Bayview to the west would have more room.

eternallyme Sep 14, 2014 3:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Kitchissippi (Post 6728824)
I still think Hurdman would be a great site for an NHL arena, next to the central Queensway and a transit hub + VIA rail. I think an arena would be a bit off-scale and monolithic for LeBreton and its proposed street grid (the CTC would barely fit in the space between Wellington and the aqueduct). Bayview to the west would have more room.

Any downtown arena would not require nearly as large of a footprint due to the fact that parking could be much more limited (and more expensive).

Acajack Sep 14, 2014 1:11 PM

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Originally Posted by 1overcosc (Post 6728676)
There's no way in hell the Sens would move to Quebec. Would create way too many complications regarding broadcasting rights and such.

Never in a million years. And broadcast rights are not the primary reason as this side of the river is covered by the same rights set-up anyway. (For example, we aren't allowed to have Habs games on the radio here.)


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