12/10/2014 07:58 EST | Updated 02/09/2015 05:59 EST

Ottawa Senators 'actively considering' move to LeBreton Flats

The group that operates the Ottawa Senators says it is "actively considering" whether to submit a proposal to the National Capital Commission to build an arena at LeBreton Flats.

The National Capital Commission has launched a request for qualifications to redevelop a 9.3 hectare site just south of the Canadian War Museum and has been actively seeking an anchor tenant. Interested proponents are also being asked to provide an outlook for what they would do with an additional 12.3 hectares to the west of the parcels of land.

Senators Sports & Entertainment said in a statement Tuesday they are reviewing the NCC's request and "actively considering the opportunity."

"We can also confirm that we have been approached by numerous well established private sector companies and community organizations who have expressed a strong desire to partner with us on developing a world-class proposal for the site," the group said.

The group said an NHL arena could serve as an economic driver at the site, but only with "strong community support."

The Senators currently play at the Canadian Tire Centre, in the west-end community of Kanata.

The group said they would be doing their due diligence over the next few weeks.

The National Capital Commission had recently extended its deadline for proposals from Dec. 5 this year to Jan. 7, 2015.

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