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  • Kate 19:20 on 2017/04/17 Permalink | Reply  

    The Treasury Board of Canada has given the OK to the sale of Radio-Canada’s massive piece of land and the construction of a new building complex for the public broadcaster.

    Added later: More details from the CBC site, with a sketch of the proposed buildings and the location, at Papineau and René-Lévesque. The complex is meant to open in 2020.

    • rue david 21:44 on 2017/04/17 Permalink

      Alex Norris, if you’re reading, here’s one to take to the mayor. Rad-Can belongs in the QdS. The city owns a large tract of land along Clark street that it, I believe quite stupidly, intends to to transform into a promenade/park, so that the world can see the beautiful rear accesses to the police headquarters and the remaining buildings of the lower main.

      Instead, I believe that this land should be sold for $1 to the federal government on the condition that it house Rad-Can’s new headquarters. The only other conditions should be that: 1) it have an active ground floor space on Sainte-Cath and Clark and Maisonneuve; 2) no parking will be included and all loading docks can double as normal space, like almost all older buildings do; and 3) the building must have a minimum height of 5-6 stories, so that the police building is mostly concealed.

    • Faiz Imam 01:00 on 2017/04/18 Permalink

      Not a bad idea, but that space gets used year around for various festivals both as actively used spaces or as a staging area.

      If it were possible to do the QdeS activities without them, Im guessing it would have been sold off to private interests long ago.

      Also, I am skeptical of the public interest in Rad-can. Yeah, a lot of events and studios are used by all sorts of people, but it’s not exactly a public space.

      CBC HQ in Toronto is right downtown, and while some public events are indeed hosted in their ground floor lobby, it’s not common or routine.

      In short, I think the current plan is a good one, though I hope the new street grid and use of the rest of the lot east of the new CBC building gets well used and designed.

    • Ephraim 03:49 on 2017/04/18 Permalink

      @Rue David – What you may not realize is that the corner of Rene-Levesque and Papineau is basically where all the satellite systems (uplinks) in Montreal are set up. In fact CTV moved there as well. Almost everything TV/Radio is located in that one small area now. You would need to get all the TV/Radio in the city to move. TVA, CTV, etc.

    • ant6n 06:01 on 2017/04/18 Permalink

      While the new site looks nicer, is definitely a missed opportunity wrt to urbanism. It’s still mega-complexes surrounded by mega-streets, with no Street level activity, large set backs, and requiring long walks while not actually being walkable.

    • Kate 09:35 on 2017/04/18 Permalink

      I am skeptical of the public interest in Rad-can […] CBC HQ in Toronto is right downtown, and while some public events are indeed hosted in their ground floor lobby, it’s not common or routine.

      Faiz Imam, I couldn’t write a dissertation cold on this topic, but I’m pretty sure Radio-Canada holds a slightly different cultural role in Quebec from that held by CBC in the anglo Canadian psyche. I think if they’d been able to have the new building on the QdesS it might have built on that relationship, but as Ephraim says, there are solid technical reasons it’s going where it is.

    • Blork 09:45 on 2017/04/18 Permalink

      I’d be worried about the public broadcaster setting up downtown where the real estate is priciest. That would put it closer to the chopping block next time some conservative government decides to cut spending on broadcasting.

      The RL/Pap location is just fine. As others have pointed out, its right in satellite alley, plus it’s really easy to get to via public transit or car (and importantly, truck; as in, for delivery of goods, set materials, etc.).

    • rue david 14:44 on 2017/04/18 Permalink

      The satellite issue can’t matter, because Rad-Can was shopping around downtown and, indeed, was reportedly very close to taking space at Bonaventure place and considered the old spectrum site but rejected because it was too expensive.
      Also, Toronto’s CBC offices are crazy. It’s in a terrible place, just soulless, the equivalent of Montreal’s Victoria square (actually, even worse). With the Rad-Can, think Musique Plus, that’s what’s needed.
      Any future sale of the site by a conservative government could be prevented by a covenant.
      The lost festival programming space could be made up by simply closing more streets during those times.
      Finally, beyond whatever benefits the organization itself gets (happier workers, less environmental impact, more cachet), Montreal wins by getting that goddamned lot built out.

  • Kate 11:34 on 2017/04/17 Permalink | Reply  

    Possibly useful list of what’s open and closed for Easter Monday.

  • Kate 11:17 on 2017/04/17 Permalink | Reply  

    Urban chickens are back in the news, as Rosemont borough prepares to give out fifty permits (if the city allows) and a firm prepares to sell a backyard starter coop with two hens.

  • Kate 01:29 on 2017/04/17 Permalink | Reply  

    The project to create a beach behind the Verdun Auditorium has been put on hold after bids came in much higher than expected.

    • JaneyB 08:59 on 2017/04/17 Permalink

      A beach would be nice but not a fancy, 375th anniversary beach. There’s a good chance the all-important deadline added to the price.

    • Faiz Imam 16:37 on 2017/04/17 Permalink

      A fiscally responsible decision?!


    • Kate 11:08 on 2017/04/18 Permalink

      Let’s not go for the cheap cynicism. Boroughs are pretty much held to fiscal responsibility and, by and large, this works.

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