Seems in the West End there is a problem for developers who bought the recently demised Motel Raphael with the idea of turning it into a two-storey hotel and strip mall. And it is the current Turcot plan that is causing the problems as that stretch of Saint Jacques/Saint Anne de Bellevue Blvd would be altered. And their spokesperson also says they knew that when they bought the property believing the plan was only “preliminary”. The spokesperson goes further and says that the project may have to become residential and the city would be asked to rezone the site. Good to know there is such flexibility for the investors! Imagine if the people living in Les Tanneries, where the current Turcot plan would require expropriations, could just say, “okay, we shall ask the city to rezone the Turcot Interchange, so we can EXPAND our residential base…”.
Story on Pages 1 and 2 here.
Meanwhile, at the other end of Turcot, the City of Westmount is not going to allow a road to be used by construction workers during the building of the Glen Superhospital, despite a suggestion by the NDG Community Council that opening that road would greatly relieve traffic congestion in the area during the construction period. Bound to be much more on this.
Story on Pages 1 and 15 here.
The Turcot Project as presented by the MTQ was clearly a flawed project that barely considered the dynamics of the areas around it that would be immediately affected, let alone the long range repercussions. And it seems risky to begin building on the Glen without knowing how the Turcot Project may change. Turcot is very complex, has no simple solutions, and needs to be completely rethought!
(Thanks to Patrick Asch for the links.)