BOISBRIAND, QUE. — A small Quebec-based family developer has announced plans for a $1.2-billion multi-use development in the North Shore community of Boisbriand, north of Montreal that will cover 53 hectares at the intersection of Highways 13 and 640.
Le Quartier-Forestia is the latest project of a family business that is co-led by Marie-Andree and Stephan Lessard. The community will feature 5,000 housing units in a natural setting that will include parks, walking trails and bike lanes in addition to protected wetlands, streams and a sugar bush, stated a June 21 release.
The developers plan to encourage urban agriculture and will work with Terr’O Agriculture Environnement, a non-profit group created by the city of Boisbriand, in an effort to promote organic farming in the surrounding area.
The statement said vehicular infrastructure will be designed with sustainable development and access to urban agriculture in mind. Protective holding ponds will double as skating surfaces in the winter.
The community will feature two main hubs. A civic hub, to the south, will provide an entrance to the development and access to a core of local services such as retail outlets, public markets, parks and mass transit. A second hub, in the centre of the development will be devoted to sports and leisure as well as to interpretive facilities designed to encourage preservation of natural spaces.