An alliance of developers, architects, builders and urban planners unveils its vision for the redevelopment of Montreal

In a collaborative action, developers, architects, builders and urban planners have joined forces to develop an inclusive and eco-responsible vision to meet the needs of the Pont-Bonaventure and Pointe-du-Moulins sectors of Montreal.

Unveiling of an inclusive and eco-responsible development vision for the Pont-Bonaventure and Pointe-du-Moulin sector in Montreal. (CNW Group/Vision-Bonaventure Bridge)

The vision is to create complete, human-sized living environments defined by a balance between housing needs and job creation. The area will also include community spaces and facilities, local retail and service offerings, and a light rail station.

This project, which provides for the redevelopment of one of the most visible and attractive sectors of Montreal, will require investments of several billion dollars. Its stated goal is to address housing shortages, combat climate change by curbing urban sprawl, and allow many Montrealers and families to stay or return to live in the city.

By unveiling their vision of the project, the members of the alliance, including Broccolini, Provencher Roy, Fahey & Associés, Lemay, ACDF Architecture, Neuf Architectes, Cycle Capital, Groupe Devimco, Groupe Mach and COPRIM, are committing to a process of consultation that involves community and business groups, as well as citizens, to advance the reflections initiated by the City on the best way to develop this key sector at the gates of downtown Montreal.

The Pont-Bonaventure and Pointe-du-Moulin sector, with an area of ​​2.3 square kilometers, straddles the Sud-Ouest and Ville-Marie boroughs, is near Old Montreal and runs along the St. Lawrence River . Southern gateway to downtown via the Bonaventure Expressway and the Victoria Bridge, among others, it includes the Pointe-du-Moulin, Cité du Havre, Peel and Wellington basins and Triangle sub-sectors from Pointe Saint-Charles.

The members of the collective say that, in a context of housing crisis, urban sprawl and climate emergency, such opportunities for densification in the city center are too rare and must be seized.

“We want to contribute to reflection and constructive dialogue for the future of this unique sector,” explained Brian Fahey, president of Fahey & Associates, one of the group’s spokespersons. “We hope that the proposed development scenario will help the City of Montreal and all stakeholders build on what has been learned in the age of COVID and continue the much-needed urban revitalization work in an area like this. , which is a gateway to the city center.

“The proposed vision will have a positive impact on densification by creating more space for parks and riverside trails, as well as community and cultural amenities. Favoring the design of more generous green spaces is a concrete approach to improving the community’s quality of life,” said Louis Lemay, president of the design and architecture firm Lemay. “The Pont-Bonaventure and Pointe-du-Moulin sector offer an excellent opportunity to offer a mixed residential offer that meets everyone’s needs.

The consultation mechanism initiated by the architects, urban planners and promoters is intended to be a participatory process to fuel discussion ahead of the public consultation on the master plan for the sector to be held by the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM) at the start of this year. to fall. Following the tabling of the OCPM’s report, the City of Montreal will adopt the appropriate planning mechanisms (Special Urban Planning Program, PPU) or other tools necessary to implement its vision for the sector.

To that end, an open house was held recently to showcase the vision, and one-on-one meetings with stakeholders are planned over the next few weeks.

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