OTTAWA – The struggle between the owners of Ottawa Senators Eugene Melnyk and John Ruddy's business partner over the proposed new Downtown arena has increased.
Ruddy and Trinity Development Group Inc, are looking for more than $ 1 billion in compensation by Melnyk and Capital Sports Management Inc., after filing a counter-dismissal on Tuesday.
Last month, Melnyk filed a $ 700 million court case against Ruddy, Trinity and others after both sides were unable to come to terms on a plan to redevelop land at LeBreton Flats, which included where for new NHL as well as other developments.
In the counter-claim, Trinity calls for the "meritless" legal case to Melnyk and says "the claim against John Ruddy is particularly accidental."
He's going on to say "CSMI and Melnyk's aim is to get the Ottawa City or Trinity fund and build the $ 500 million Event Center for the Ottawa Senate hockey team, with Senators getting rent for 30 years. The CSMI also wants the valuable names of naming and some unreasonable control over the LeBreton project. "
The Melnyk group, in its alliance, claimed that Trinity was developing neighboring properties that were in direct competition with LeBreton.
The National Capital Commission, the land and land management corporation in LeBreton, said last month that Melnyk-Ruddy RendezVous LeBreton group had until January to resolve internal partnership issues, or searching For other options to develop the site.
Ruddy, in a statement, said he hoped to continue working on LeBreton.
"Let me be clear, I'm committed to moving this project forward," he said. "The vision we have brought is the right one. I will be working with the NCC, City of Ottawa, and the community in general to solve solutions that will make this project a reality, and Avoid losing these important lands for another generation. "
The Senators currently play at the Canadian Touring Center in Kanata, outside the core of Downtown Ottawa.