Adam: The NCC is thinking small on LeBreton Flats. That's a mistake

By Mohamed Adam, Ottawa Citizen, March 21, 2019

In a recent opinion column in the Citizen, the chief executive of the National Capital Commission sought to bring reassurance and clarity of purpose to the troubled LeBreton Flats redevelopment.

The NCC’s attempt to reclaim the initiative after its piecemeal approach to the redevelopment in the wake of RendezVous Ottawa’s failure was widely panned. Tobi Nussbaum tried to reassure residents on the NCC’s alternative plan, but his case for the new approach is not utterly convincing.

“We have an unprecedented opportunity to create a dynamic, thriving connected and sustainable new community, as well as a visionary destination in the heart of the nation’s capital – a chance to build something great and to build it together,” Nussbaum wrote. “We will balance the need for an overarching and concept plan while still allowing for innovation and evolution as the site is built out. We want to achieve both a vibrant, mixed-use community as well as bold capital-building elements, not one to the exclusion of the other.”

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