MONTREAL—An alliance of urban development professionals has announced the start of a consultative process involving community and business groups aimed at guiding the redevelopment of Montreal’s Peel Basin and vicinity.
The initiative will require investments costing billions of dollars and has as its stated goal to “deploy every available means to tackle the housing shortage, combat climate change by deterring urban sprawl, and make it possible for many Montrealers and families to stay in or return to the city to live.”
Members of the alliance include developers, architects and planners. They will be focusing on the Bridge-Bonaventure and Pointe-du-Moulins communities in consultation with the City of Montreal, stated a release.
The members of the group are Provencher Roy, Fahey & Associes, Lemay, ACDF, Neuf Architectes, Cycle Capital, Groupe Devimco, Broccolini, Groupe Mach and COPRIM.
“We have a duty to take account of these very timely issues,” explained Brian Fahey, president of planning, landscape architecture and urban design firm Fahey & Associes. “Introducing taller buildings is therefore necessary to free up as much ground surface as possible for the benefit of a quality living environment.
“In building tall, however, we can draw inspiration from more refined models and complement the skyline, thereby shaping a sustainable and higher-quality neighbourhood.”
The plan includes construction of 1,400 units for families, with 20 per cent social and affordable housing, and creation of a civic hub to house a public school and other community, educational and sports services, notably aimed at families.
There are also plans for 7,500 new housing units, retail businesses and offices in the priority subsectors of Pointe-du-Moulin, the Peel and Wellington basins and the Pointe Saint-Charles Triangle. A zone for research and development of cleantech-oriented companies is also proposed.