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Valérie Plante promises 7,500 housing units for Blue Bonnets-Hippodrome

The head of Projet Montreal says the development would be Montreal’s first carbon-neutral neighborhood.

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7,500 promising housing units, a partially covered Décarie highway and the creation of the highly anticipated Cavendish Boulevard. extension, Project Montreal leader Valérie Plante presented her party’s development plan for the Hippodrome-Blue Bonnets sector on Tuesday.

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Plante pledged to create the city’s first carbon neutral “eco-neighborhood” that would include a mix of 2,000 social housing units and 2,000 affordable housing units, parks, public and active transportation, autonomous buses to transport people. residents to the metro, a school and shops. The infrastructure costs for Montreal are still under consideration, she said. The party was inspired by the recommendations made by the Bureau de consultation publique de Montréal following their series of meetings on the future of the old racecourse located near the corner of Boulevard Décarie. and rue Jean-Talon

“This will be the first real eco-neighborhood in Montreal that we will create,” said Plante. “We have a unique opportunity here and that’s what Montrealers told us they wanted during the public consultations. People would say, ‘I want to live there.’ “

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Projet Montréal’s plan would also consist of covering a 40-meter section of Décarie Boulevard. between rue Jean-Talon and rue Jockeys to provide better access to the Namur metro station, at an estimated cost of $ 95 million.

In addition, Plante said the city is moving forward with the extension of Cavendish Boulevard. promised for more than 50 years, with a plan to include a lane for cars in each direction, as well as lanes for transit, bicycles, sidewalks for pedestrians and trees. Plante couldn’t say when the extension would be built, however, saying the project must first go through the BAPE environmental hearings in the spring of 2022 before next steps can move forward. About $ 245 million has been set aside in Montreal’s long-term infrastructure budget to cover part of the costs, with the rest coming from Quebec.

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Plante said Projet Montreal hopes property development can begin in 2023. It typically takes two to five years for housing developments to be completed, she said.

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Lionel Perez, Ensemble Montréal candidate for mayor of the Côte-des-Neiges – Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough, accused the government of doing nothing for four years on the project and of making an announcement just before municipal elections for campaign purposes.

“I think Projet Montréal has no credibility with regard to the redevelopment of the Hippodrome-Blue Bonnets side,” he said. “They had four years to move forward and present a vision, present a project. They did not do it.

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Perez noted that Montreal faces a 2023 deadline set by the Quebec government to begin development or lose access to land, which Quebec ceded to Montreal for free almost 10 years ago, provided that it is developing housing in the region.

Perez said his party had a “real vision” for the site which will include 6,000 housing units, 30% of which will be social housing.

Ensemble Montréal is also committed to covering the Décarie Expressway between Queen Mary Boulevard. and Côte-Ste-Catherine Road, over a distance of 800 meters, at an estimated cost of $ 700 million.

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