A new living space
Motorists driving along Décarie Boulevard may be completely unaware of it but, just across from the landmark Gibeau Orange Julep restaurant, a spectacular urban makeover is taking shape.
Condominiums, a housing co-op and soon a new park will replace the car dealerships and other commercial buildings that previously dominated this area north of Côte-des-Neiges, between the Namur and De la Savane metro stops.
Some 3,300 housing units in all, many of which will be affordable social housing, are slated for construction in this 40-hectare triangle, between now and 2025.
“I’m really excited about having an opportunity to be directly involved in this neighbourhood’s development,” explains Sofia Bitran, Chairman of the Board of the Coopérative d’habitation Fleur de l’île, located on Buchan Street, in the heart of the Triangle. “The co-op housing isn’t completely finished, and the building is in the middle of a building site. But the area will become a vibrant living space. There are a lot of young families in the new condos, and our street will have a new park,” she happily reports.
Establishing a complete living space within the Triangle is precisely the goal being pursued by the Borough of Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce through the redevelopment of the sector.
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This being the case, the borough is committed to preserving the neighbourhood’s social mix. In addition, 45% of the recently constructed housing units in the Triangle have two-bedrooms, while 12% have three or more bedrooms. The objective is to attract not only couples and people living on their own, but families as well.
A daycare centre, pharmacie, bank and dental clinic have already opened for business in the area, with a grocery store slated to open soon. “We’re trying to attract other local businesses to the area,” comments Jean-Philippe Grenier, land development consultant for Borough of Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. “In the future, all services will be accessible on foot,” he assures us.
On foot, by bike or the metro
Active public transportation is at the heart of the borough’s revitalization plan and the neighbourhood is centred around the Namur metro station.
Sofia Bitran doesn’t even own a car. She relies on the metro (the station is 500 metres from the co-op) and the bus to travel to work or run errands. She became a member of Communauto for those times when she needs a car.
The neighbourhood is near the intersection of highways 15 and 40 which facilitates car travel.
“We’re investing massively in the redesign of public roads: we’re narrowing the streets to add sidewalks and greenery, creating bike paths and planting trees,” explains Jean-Philippe Grenier. The borough also plans to install charging stations for electric cars along on street curbs.
The neighbourhood revitalization integrates the innovative green strategy currently taking root in both the transportation and construction sectors.
“For every real estate project, the developer had to integrate at least five eco choices from among ten options. A green or white roof or energy efficient windows, for example,” explains Jean-Philippe Grenier.
Soon, a park will be built between Buchan and Paré streets. It will join Parc de la Savane, with its mature trees, playground and community gardens already being used by neighbourhood residents.
“What sets the Triangle apart,” promises Jean-Philippe Grenier “is the redesign of the entire public domain. The streets, parks and sidewalks: our goal is to create pedestrian-friendly neighbourhood.”
May 2015 to april 2016
CDN/NDG - Côte-des-Neiges
294 986 (0%)*
* Change calculated in relation to May 2014-April 2015
Source : FCIQ Centris® System
A variety of new housing units, including condos and rentals
An urban environment redesigned with pedestrians in mind
Easy access to a variety of transport options