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City center |  Montreal authorizes building a 63-storey tower

City center | Montreal authorizes building a 63-storey tower

Developer Canvar obtained his permission from Montreal to build a 200-meter-high tower at 900 Saint Jacques Avenue, on downtown land that has been vacant for six decades.

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There is talk of building a 216-room hotel on the lower 16 floors. From 17e Up to 62e Floor, 681 housing units will be equipped. In the basement, parking is planned for 117 places plus space for 305 bicycles.

It is possible that part of the hotel will be replaced by other accommodations due to the epidemic.

Via email, Canvar Vice President Richard Faraday declined to comment at this time. He’s waiting to sign an agreement with a hotel brand before announcing his project publicly.

Since 1975, the Canvar family has designed and built several buildings in the city center, including C-Loft, 400 Sherbrooke West, Mille Neuf Bleury, Hilton Garden Inn, and Marriott Courtyard. It completes the construction of a 35-story tower in the former Domtar park, next to the entrance to Place-des-Arts station.

The plot of land on which the tower will be raised is one of the last available in this downtown area, on the outskirts of Griffintown. The Faraday family acquired the piece in early 2020 from the Isaris family trust, which owns Stationnement Métropolitain for 44 million, according to the Deed.

The land that accommodates the paid car parks has its share of challenges, congested by the access ramp to the loading docks of Place Bonaventure and by the exit from the ramp of the Ville-Marie motorway. The boundaries to the east of the property must also remain available for railway bridge maintenance.

Illustration from the linked page of LESSARD GROUP

This artist’s point of view shows how the Meadows Canvar project would fit into the Montreal landscape.

Soon after acquiring land, Canvar quickly submitted a project to the city. The Urban Planning Advisory Committee (CCU) formulated a series of conditions before supporting the project submitted by the developer. The CCU wanted to build leaner with better architectural quality.

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The promoter responded by proposing an envelope made of high-quality prefabricated concrete units, with precise aggregates. Then the developer increased the number of three bedroom units. These now account for 18% of housing. Finally, the changes made it possible to cushion the impact on the Protected View from Mount Royal.

“With great enthusiasm we announce the participation of the Lesard Group in the Saint Jacques 900 project! We can read on this manufacturer’s Linkedin website in mid-April. We would like to thank the Le Groupe Architex architectural team as well as BPDL Inc., who will supply the pre-cast architectural concrete panels with our integrated windows,” On this wonderful cooperation. ”

After the municipality permit is issued on December 21, the project is not subject, as is true according to the division in force, to the bylaws on co-educational education that oblige the developer to include social and affordable housing.