MONTREAL — The Office municipal d’habitation de Montreal (OMHM) has announced a $54.3-million renovation project for the Habitations Saint-Michel Nord low-rent housing complex in Montreal.
The OMHM said in a July 4 statement the renovations at the 185-unit housing complex will be the largest such project it has ever undertaken. The complex was originally built in 1972.
The units were originally divided among three- and two-storey units. Six buildings in the complex have been demolished and a third storey has been added to other buildings to maintain the number of residences at 185.
Work is starting immediately and the project will wrap up by the end of next March. Bathrooms, kitchens and floors will be rebuilt, the fire alarm system will be brought up to standard, the ventilation equipment will be replaced and the landscaping will be upgraded.
All the buildings have been decontaminated, and the water and sewer systems have been rebuilt. Workers are currently reconstructing the exterior envelope of the buildings and replacing the electrical and plumbing installations.
Also as part of the job, the City of Montreal will build a new street in the area left vacant by the demolished buildings, to provide easier access to the housing units and ensure the site blends into the community, the statement noted.
The work will be funded by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation under the 2016 Social Infrastructure Fund Agreement. The Societe d’habitation du Quebec made the preliminary funding arrangements for the project and the OMHM assumed its co-ordination, the release noted.