Eugene Melnyk ‘welcome in Stittsville’ as hockey-loving west finish considers a future with out the Senators

Kristin Small, govt director of the Kanata Central BIA, poses for a photograph close to companies within the Centrum space of Kanata on March 14, 2019. She spoke about how necessary the Ottawa Senators are to the Kanata space, and on this case, the companies within the BIA’s district (like Centrum).

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Even when Ottawa Senators proprietor Eugene Melnyk’s recognition is within the tank proper now, there’s nonetheless a nook of town the place he can present his face.

“He’s very welcome in Stittsville,” stated Coun. Glen Gower, whose ward contains the Canadian Tire Centre

“Folks like to have an NHL group right here within the west finish.”

The neighborhood receives an financial raise from having town’s NHL group based mostly within the west finish. Transferring the Senators out of the Kanata-Sittsville space could be a blow to native companies. Gower stated the Canadian Tire Centre additionally gives job alternatives for his residents.

The implosion of the Senators-involved RendezVous LeBreton Group within the LeBreton Flats improvement course of was disastrous information for a lot of Ottawa.

Ottawa Senators proprietor Eugene Melnyk stated he was ‘shattered’ by the RendezVous LeBreton expertise and has vowed to search out one other location to construct an enviornment to switch the Canadian Tire Centre as the house of his hockey membership.

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Beneath the RendezVous imaginative and prescient, the Senators would have established a brand new enviornment in a serious mixed-use redevelopment of the federal property. However the Senators and Trinity Improvement couldn’t get alongside and the Nationwide Capital Fee cancelled the tentative land deal.

Gower stated the RendezVous failure provides his west-end neighborhood some certainty for the quick time period.

Nevertheless, the Senators have made it clear they need to be someplace across the central a part of Ottawa. The membership might additionally take part within the NCC’s subsequent try at redeveloping LeBreton Flats.

Gower stated the unknown way forward for the Senators within the west finish, with no publicly launched plan for the Canadian Tire Centre, places different potential developments in limbo.

There must be dialogue now about what the long run holds for the Canadian Tire Centre property, Gower stated.

“Regardless of the Senators intend, I believe it’s a good time to speak about it,” he stated.

The Senators haven’t stated what they might do with the world if the hockey membership moved downtown.

In a 2016 meeting with Postmedia journalists, Melnyk stated the membership had a plan to repurpose the world and surrounding 76 acres, however he didn’t reveal it.

The financial well being of a serious Kanata industrial district can be immediately linked to the Senators’ presence within the west finish.

Kristin Small, govt director of the Kanata Central BIA, stated she spoke to restaurant homeowners and managers on Thursday concerning the affect of the hockey membership on enterprise. The BIA contains the Kanata Centrum, Commons and Signature Centre.

Restaurant homeowners indicated there’s a connection between the variety of individuals attending hockey video games and the variety of patrons, Small stated. Restaurant employees schedules usually replicate the schedule of Senators residence video games, she stated.

“One other concern could be what would occur ought to the CTC shut completely,” Small stated. “Live shows, occasions drive giant quantity all yr spherical.”

By way of the Senators’ unsuccessful try at growing LeBreton Flats, Small stated she spoke with one sports activities bar proprietor who was pleased to see it fail, whereas one other proprietor believes it’s inevitable that the group will transfer.

“Total, sure, a Sens transfer would affect our companies for all residence video games,” Small stated. “Sadly, the decline in seat gross sales has additionally been mirrored within the final two-to-three years.”


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