The project in Griffintown has begun in earnest with the start of the demolition of the old Canada Post processing plant.
It is a 760 million dollar guestimate which means this baby will probably go over a billion. Do you get the feeling that the Tremblay administration just HAD to have a billion dollar residential project in the city? Scary stuff, considering the enormous costs of infrastructure repair and renewal desperately needed across the island, let alone the Metros and Trolleys and Trams, Oh My! situation.
Here is the web site, Les Bessins. And here is a critique of the project. Personally, I am once again questioning the wisdom of allowing one project to define a whole area, being, of course, one of the weirdos who prefers to see the city grow in a more organic manner.
Took a walk around the site the other day.
Parking lot getting overgrown.
But I did see various people suntanning and picnicking and just stretching out.
Demolition has begun.
I was a regular bike path user along the canal from 1981-1995 and most of the changes have been fairly positive over all. One of the things I always loved about this site was how incredibly unobtrusive the plant was – it had a very clean and efficient look to it. The views of downtown from along that stretch are gorgeous. But all that will change as the new project calls for a bunch of blocks that look to be at least 6 floors high with some much taller buildings included. Bye Bye View.