LeBreton arena project decision on the way, Mayor reacting to Melnyk - 1310 NEWS
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LeBreton arena project decision on the way, Mayor reacting to Melnyk

An artist's rendering of LeBreton Re-Imagined's vision for a new NHL-calibre arena. Provided by: Devcore Canderel DLS Group

OTTAWA — A decision on the potential construction of a new NHL arena at the LeBreton Flats is expected this month.

Despite comments by Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk, that he would entertain moving the team if game attendance at the Canadian Tire Centre doesn’t improve, his representatives and partners continue to meet with the National Capital Commission.

Mayor Jim Watson tells 1310 News’ The Rick Gibbons Show, there is a board meeting scheduled in the next couple of weeks, where he expects to hear whether or not the NCC is giving the project the green light.

“I’ve put forward a bargaining mandate, if you will, to city council that they approved and then we will start our discussions with the Senators in the next couple months.”

Watson was laid up in hospital following appendix surgery when Melnyk made his controversial remarks, leading up to the NHL 100 Classic.

The mayor found the Senators’ owner’s comments very odd, especially as the downtown arena project has been the single focus of multiple meetings between himself, Melnyk and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

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