The redevelopment of the old Outremont railyard sounds promising, with the city hoping to impose a more varied urban pattern than the endless condo developments that have cropped up as infill for years. In fact, 50% of the space should be given over to businesses that create jobs, and efforts will be made to open up the area to the surrounding streets.
I’m a little puzzled by this description of the area: “ce quadrilatère de 1 km2, essentiellement bordé par le boulevard Saint-Laurent et la rue Hutchison, au nord du boulevard Rosemont.” There is no such thing. Rosemont doesn’t exist west of Saint-Laurent, and the area I think he’s thinking of, which is north of Van Horne in that area, is already occupied by a massive Home Depot and its parking lot. I think he must mean an area further west, which is more triangular in shape. The Gazette’s for once a little clearer about the location being talked about, although describing it as “the one-kilometre-square territory surrounding the intersection of Parc and Jean Talon Aves.” is not too precise either. Metro posts a map but you can’t zoom into it.
Also it boggles my mind a little that it’s going to cost a billion dollars. But infrastructure doesn’t come cheap.
The Gazette item has a notice at the end about public consultation coming up.