Proposed Ottawa soccer stadium faces environmental hurdle
No development is allowed for at least the next year at the site chosen for a proposed soccer stadium that would be home to a potential Major League Soccer team in Ottawa.
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk announced Tuesday that he is bidding for an MLS team for 2011, and unveiled plans for the 30,000-seat soccer stadium on 15 hectares of land southeast of Scotiabank Place in Kanata West.
The location is on the Carp River flood plain, an area under a provincially imposed development ban.
All housing and land development in the area is frozen for at least a year while environmental studies about the potential for flooding are reviewed with the city and the province.
However, Senators chief operating officer Cyril Leeder said that fits with the timeline for the bid.
"Anytime there's a regulatory review … you have to be worried and concerned," he said, "but at the same time it's something that will get dealt with in due process."
Leeder said the Senators group has not looked into an alternative location for the stadium.
The MLS is expected to award two new franchises by the end of this year or the beginning of 2009.
Melynk has said he believes Ottawa's chances of getting a franchise are "very, very high."