The first lots in the Namur-Hippodrome district sold in 2023, says Plante | Municipal elections in Quebec 2021

This is an improved project, compared to the one unveiled in 2019, that the outgoing mayor presented on Tuesday to revitalize the land of the former Blue Bonnets racecourse, in the Côte-des-Neiges district.

Owned by the City of Montreal since 2017, this vast 43-hectare site will be an integral part of the future Namur-Hippodrome district, which will develop along the Décarie highway.

Saying to have great ambitions in terms of housing, Valérie Plante has promised to build 7,500 homes – rather than the 6,000 initially desired – including 2,000 affordable and 2,000 social. In a logic sustainable affordability, she said, these 4,000 housing units will retain this vocation for the next 40 years, at least.

Ms. Plante estimated that the sale of lots will begin in 2023, but could not specify the date on which the first inhabitants of Namur-Hippodrome will move. The City does not build, she argued, estimating that it took two to five years for a project to be developed by developers.

The outgoing mayor was not, however, in a position to disclose the costs associated with real estate development; his team is evaluating the invoice, accompanied by the firm Ernst & Young.

Unlike the Royalmount project – on which Valérie Plante claims to have had no no leverage -, the new Namur-Hippodrome district will be a project integrated, with multiple mobility options, she said.

A green space above Décarie

Well aware that the development of this future district will generate congestion on the main arteries, the outgoing mayor intends to bet on public and active transport.

BIXI stations, a self-service car hub and autonomous shuttles will also be added to the public transport offer.

Projet Montréal wants to widen Jean-Talon and Des Jockeys streets and cover part of the Décarie highway – a scar in the neighborhood, according to the candidate for mayor of Côte-des-Neiges – Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Gracia Kasoki Katahwa – to make one green space which will facilitate access to the Namur metro.

The extension of these arteries would be in the order of $ 95 million, according to Projet Montréal.

(Archives) The vast 43-hectare site will be an integral part of the future Namur-Hippodrome district, which is to develop to the west of the Décarie motorway.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Ivanoh Demers

Cavendish Boulevard will also be redesigned to become a urban boulevard, with a wide cycle path, reserved lanes and sidewalks, explained Eric Alan Caldwell, candidate for City Councilor for the Hochelaga district. Trees will also be planted there to green the area and thus fight against heat islands.

A Plante administration will submit to the Office of Public Hearings on the Environment (BAPE) its vision for the connection of Cavendish Boulevard – the city’s first project to pass this test in 15 years, said Mr. Caldwell.

Ms. Plante, who estimates the work on Cavendish Boulevard at $ 245 million in her Ten-Year Capital Works Program (PDI) for 2021-2030, expects a financial contribution important of the Quebec Ministry of Transport.

The outgoing mayoress said to herself very proud of the work done in the last four years, which allowed to move forward to put the pieces in place.

Premier eco-neighborhood which could see the light of day in Montreal, the Namur-Hippodrome project will include local services, shops, a school, a daycare, parks, as well as a large green space for highlight the racetrack, detailed Ms. Plante.

Too little, too late, deplores Coderre

According to Ensemble Montréal conductor Denis Coderre, Ms. Plante’s announcement could appear in her late vocations. Surprised by the housing targets and the desire of Projet Montréal to want to connect Cavendish Boulevard, Mr. Coderre saw it as a sign that his rival had saw the light.

Too little, too late. You had four years to do what you should have done, he launched as an accusation.

Its formation has already announced that it intends to cover the Décarie highway between Queen-Mary and Côte-Sainte-Catherine roads, at a cost of $ 700 million.

The vocation to be given to the old racecourse land has been debated within several administrations in the City of Montreal.

The former Blue Bonnets Hippodrome, which was frequented for a hundred years by horse racing enthusiasts, experienced a long decline until it closed in October 2009. The government of Quebec, which had made a commitment in 2012 to cede it to the City of Montreal, went from words to deeds in 2017.

At the end of public consultations carried out in winter 2019-2020, the Office de consultation publique de Montréal published its recommendations in October of the same year, which reinforced the Plante administration in its ambitions.

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