Valérie Plante commits to public consultations prior to redevelopment of the "Molasses District"

Montreal - October 18th, 2017

 

In Brief

Several sectors of the Centre-Sud neighbourhood, in the Ville-Marie borough, are slated to undergo significant change in upcoming years. Valérie Plante, leader of Projet Montréal and mayoral candidate, pledges to hold public consultations regarding the redevelopment of  the Molson brewery site, the land at the base of the Jacques-Cartier bridge, the abundant space around the Radio-Canada building, the Pied-du-Courant sector, and the lots at the intersection of de Lorimier and René-Lévesque. This is to ensure redevelopment of these areas is driven by the needs of the people living there. In Projet Montréal’s estimation, the ‘Molasses District,’ extending from Sainte-Catherine Street down to the St. Lawrence River, between the Old Montréal and Hochelaga neighborhoods, could ultimately be home to some 12,000 new residents, and making sure new development meets their needs will be of paramount importance. Projet Montréal will commission a Special Planning Program (Programme particulier d’urbanisme) to guide the redevelopment of the Molasses District and manage the arrival of thousands of new residents.

Highlights

●     Projet Montréal pledges to hold public consultations regarding redevelopment of the Centre-Sud neighborhood, in the Ville-Marie borough.

●     Several parts of the Molasses District, extending from Sainte-Catherine Street down to the St. Lawrence River, between the Old Montréal and Hochelaga neighborhoods, will undergo significant change in the upcoming years.  Affected areas include:

○     The Molson brewery site

○     Surplus land around the Radio-Canada building

○     The Pied-du-Courant sector

○     Lots at the intersection of de Lorimier Ave. and René-Lévesque Blvd.

●     Public consultations will also be held regarding future plans to cover the Ville-Marie Expressway, which the Québec Ministry of Transport studied in 2012.

●     In total, some 300,000 square metres of space could be redeveloped in the short term.

●     There could be as many as 12,000 new residents living in the Molasses District by the time redevelopment is done.  It is imperative to build a community that meets the needs of people living there, particularly families.

●     The public consultation will conclude with the adoption of a Special Planning Program to guide the redevelopment of the Molasses District and manage the arrival of thousands of new residents.

Quotes

 “In the Centre-Sud, we have a unique opportunity to attract families to the centre of Montreal, into a brand new community built to meet their needs.  Let’s not develop the Molasses District piecemeal – let’s propose a coherent vision for the whole area.  To that end, we will hold public consultations on the redevelopment of the Molasses District, culminating in the adoption of a Special Planning Program to ensure that this new neighborhood meets the needs and hopes of Montrealers, and of the 12,000 new residents who will make their homes there.” -- Valérie Plante, leader of Projet Montréal and mayoral candidate 

“The arrival of Radio-Canada in the 1960’s and the development of highway infrastructure completely upset this part of the Centre-Sud.  Now, with Molson announcing its departure and Radio-Canada moving to a new location, we have the chance to undo some of the errors of the past.  We have the chance to plan the development of this sector, and to do so in a coherent way, in an ambitious and exciting way, respecting the character of the neighborhood, focused on the needs and hopes of the people and families who live here. It’s a chance we won’t pass up.” -- Sophie Mauzerolle, candidate for councillor of Sainte-Marie and running mate of Valérie Plante

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