Mediator who’s trying to salvage Ottawa Senators’ arena deal asks NCC for more time

Should the National Capital Commission board of directors give the Ottawa Senators and Trinity Developments more time to fix their relationship and continue with their vision for LeBreton Flats?

The veteran mediator trying to help Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, Trinity founder John Ruddy and project manager Graham Bird see eye-to-eye has asked the NCC for an extension of a termination notice, which was delivered to the RendezVous LeBreton group last month. The NCC’s termination of RendezVous from the LeBreton Flats development deal is scheduled to happen Saturday.

The NCC said Justice Warren Winkler, the former Ontario chief justice mediating between Melnyk, Ruddy and Bird, has asked that the termination notice be extended to Feb. 28.

NCC board directors are having a teleconference Monday to discuss the request. NCC spokesman Jean Wolff said the agency won’t comment further until after the teleconference.

The NCC board has been expected to make another big decision on the LeBreton Flats file on Jan. 24 in the wake of the termination notice, which the agency issued after Melnyk and Ruddy sued each other over their RendezVous dealings. Melnyk also sued Bird, who has been quarterbacking RendezVous’ development planning.

RendezVous has wanted to build an arena and a mixed-use community on LeBreton Flats.

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