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  1. Exposteve

    Complexe Desjardins - Rénovations et Nouveautés

    Doubletree is a mid-level hotel, yes, often used for convention type bookings and group events. As mentioned previously, it's often used as a conversion brand, sometimes even as a placeholder until being converted either to a full Hilton or something else entirely. I am not suggesting that is what is going to happen here, but it is possible. It is odd that both Hyatt and Hilton are both lacking in downtown Montreal at the moment. Yes, Hilton has a Hilton Garden Inn, Embassy Suites, and a Hampton Inn (under construction), but I have to assume a proper Hilton is coming at some point. Hyatt is a little less present in Canada, the Hyatt in downtown Toronto is a former Holiday Inn that is very average. They may be adjusting their strategy for Canada. Marriott seems to be the most present of the big hotel chains in Montreal... Marriott Chateau Champlain, Renaissance, Courtyard, AC Hotels, Springhill Suites, Residence Inn (x2) all downtown.
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    Complexe Desjardins - Rénovations et Nouveautés

    No, not the same company. Doubletree is part of the Hilton family of hotels. The Doubletree brand is one that often absorbs older hotels from other brands that no longer suit that brand's new requirements/image... and with a relatively minor investment they can call themselves a Doubletree. I am not suggesting there are no nice Doubletrees, but typically they were be older properties that used to be something else. This happened with the former Crowne Plaza at Sherbrooke/Berri which briefly became a Doubletree before being sold to Groupe Eddy Savoie. The new Doubletree at the airport was formerly the Best Western. There are many examples across North America of this type of conversion to Doubletree.
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    Nouveau pont de l'île aux Tourtes

    Je peux voir le point de vu, mais n'oublions pas que Gatineau est juste a coté d'Ottawa... des gens qui travaillent a Ottawa avec leur infrastructure et qui habitent le Québec et paient leurs impots au Québec. New Jersey en face de New York New Jersey en face de Philadelphie Kentucky partage la frontière avec Cincinnati. etc. Je crois que la crainte du gouvernement du Québec dans le temps de la décision de l'aéroport était principalement en raison du fait qu'un aéroport international est un actif stratégique et que dans un époque ou les relations anglos/francos et Canada/Québec étaitent plus tenses qu'ils le sont maintenant, ils voyaient un risque d'avoir un aéroport trop proche de la frontière. Avec du récul, Vaudreuil aurait probablement été un meilleur choix pour l'aéroport car plus facilement accessible pour plus de monde dans la région tout en étant a seulement 1 heure de route de Ottawa pour servir a cette population aussi (autoroute 20, 30, 40 et possiblement 640).
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    Royalmount "Quinze40"

    Je ne peux pas accepter qu’un méga projet ne procède pas au centre de Montréal en raison de la congestion causer en très grande partie par des résidents de Laval et la rive nord. Pourquoi dans l’article de Lagacé il fait mention du fait que VMR est souvent appelé Town of Mount Royal? Question de faire monter des tensions anglophones/francophones pour aucune raison ?
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    1211, rue Berri - 12 étages

    Le Lord Berri deviendra sous peu un Fairfield Inn Marriott. http://www.apidevelopmentconsultants.com/lord-berri-to-fairfield-inn-suites-montreal/
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    Expos coming back?

    This article was written by Pat Hickey, long-time beat writer for the Habs for the Gazette. He is good on the Habs beat but has limited credibility with regards to anything related to MLB or the NBA. This is an opinion piece with little weight to it, and with all due respect to Pat Hickey he is not in any way informed on these matters, especially with regards to MLB. How many confirmations do we need from Bronfman of the money being there to get past that question? The issue remains in the hands of MLB and whether they decide to relocate a team or proceed with expansion.
  7. This could very well be what ends up happening. I also wondered about the former Parasuco store at the corner of Crescent which is currently vacant. It has three stores and would also be highly visible (albeit not as visible as Place Montreal Trust) and close to Apple Store.
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    Expos coming back?

    I don't disagree and don't expect taxpayers to pay for the bill, or at least not the full bill. I am a taxpayer myself. Selfishly as a baseball fan I would be okay with them investing responsibly in the project just like they do in a number of other sectors that don't specifically impact me (that's called living in society!)... but I never suggested that taxpayers should pay the full/majority of any such project. I know enough about the economics of these stadiums that it's rarely a good deal for the government. That said, the model being employed by Cadillac Faiview and the Canadiens is a godo example of a trend common in sports these days where stadiums and arenas are used as centrepieces for development clusters, and there may be some value in that for the government. Side-note: Bringing Olympic Stadium up to even just "average" quality would require hundreds of millions of dollars... I mean average 2018 quality. So while the idea of throwing some money at the Olympic Stadium to host MLB is a nice idea, it's still a few hundred million dollars and you're not going to get the ideal product. The fact that recent media reports are talking about $1 billion over the next 8 years in upgrades to Olympic Stadium (some of which relates to the tower reno for Desjardins and the Biodome) should be a good indication of just how complex that building is and how far we're starting from. And you still haven't addressed the fact that sitting in the upper deck at Olympic Stadium for baseball you may as well be in a different time zone. I like the suggestion of a beer garden/food trucks. Although that doesn't generate much plus-value for the neighbourhood outside of baseball games and won't increase property values, etc. Still a good suggestion.
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    Expos coming back?

    We`ve had this debate over and over again in these threads. Location is a primary driver of business, and if you're attending games with your departure and arrival point both being downtown, I agree a 20 min metro ride is no big deal. However, if you live in Laval or the south shore or the west island and you work downtown... and you need to go home after the game, that is very inconvenient. Sure it`s 20 mins from the office, but it's 1h30 home to the West Island on public transit after the game. I work downtown with many baseball fans (the kind, like me, who are willing to travel to different cities to see live MLB), many of whom were not prepared to go to Olympic Stadium after work and then have to return to the south shore afterwards. It`s 20 mins back by metro, then transfer to a bus that may be infrequent to get home, etc. I'm not saying they're right, but that is the feedback I received. They would be more willing on weekends. There is nothing appealing about the neighbourhood around Olympic Stadium, and that is not intended as a knock to the residents of the sector because it`s a perfectly nice place to live. You need restaurants and bars and a 'vibe' surrounding games. If you were to survey MLB fans across all baseball cities in North America, the approximate breakdown of die-hard baseball fan to casual fan is about 20% die-hard, 40% casual fan, and the remaining 40% are people who are there for the experience. The experience of being part of a fun event in a fun location, outside, with friends, etc. In Montreal at Olympic Stadium, over the long-run you would still draw the 20% die-hards and some of the 40% casual fans when the team is exciting, but you will ALWAYS struggle to attract the other 40%. Sure you will get them to some games, but certainly not too many. Toronto Rogers Centre is not a classic ballpark, and it is definitely among the worst in MLB. However, #1 it is in the best possible location for that city... 100% in the heart of the GTA where all transit meets. They have commuter trains heading in almost all directions on a regular basis even at night/weekends. It's walking distance to the largest business district in the country, it's a few mins walk to the lakeshore, and it has a surrounding population of around 6 million people, many of whom are very wealthy. The ballpark also has a fully (or nearly fully) retractable roof that, when opened, makes you feel like you are truly outside. Despite being multi-purpose, it is significantly more fan friendly than Olympic Stadium could ever be as it's smaller in terms of volume, does not have as much of a cavernous feel, was built with baseball very much in mind in terms of seat placement, angles, etc. While some of these aspects could be improved at Olympic Stadium, it is unreasonable to think it would make a material difference, and you've still done nothing to improve the location issue. And as a reminder, from 1998-2014 or so, the Jays were at best middle of the pack in terms of attendance despite all of these factors. Rogers was able to acquire the SkyDome for essentially $1.00 as part of their purchase of the Jays, and that is certainly an incentive to maintain what is a great asset in an incredible location and work with it for as long possible. Note that the Argonauts were not able to make it work at Rogers Centre much like the Alouettes at Olympic Stadium. For anyone who has been to ANY existing ballpark in the United States aside from Tropicana Field in St-Pete and the field in Oakland, you usually have a combination of wonderful, family-friendly, fun/attractive/cool vibe design with views from the seats, PLUS convenient location to the vast majority of the people you hope to attract to the games. This is a BIG industry today that relies heavily on TV audience... and the TV audience event gets impacted by the beauty of the stadiums the games are played in. Watching a game on TV taking place in San Francisco is a treat because every angle is beautiful and basically an advertisement for the team, the brand, and to buy tickets. I made a trip with friends to San Francisco specifically to visit the ballpark because it's so beautiful looking. Same with Pittsburgh and Cleveland among others. The stadium sells the viewers, definitely. The price of admission is basically a cover charge for a nice evening or afternoon out with friends, hence the popularity of affordable bleacher seats, the 360 degree layout of all new stadiums, where fans can buy a ticket but wander around and watch from any number of interesting vantage points including patios, family picnic areas, grassy areas, amusement zones, etc all while being able to keep an eye on the game. If you are thinking of MLB as a business that only caters to die-hard baseball fans, you're expecting to draw only 10,000 people max in (nearly) ANY market in MLB. You can't always be the best team in MLB, you can't always depend on the bandwagon, you need to be appealing. You need to be an EASY draw for corporate tickets who will form the majority of a 20,000-base of season tickets (and sure, some of those seats will be empty on April weekdays when the team is not winning), easy for hipsters who want a place to hang out and take Instagram pictures to ADVERTISE YOUR BRAND to their friends, easy for people who are in to visit from out of town (this is bigger in MLB than NHL or NBA because of the 3-game series and uniqueness of each ballpark), and easy for the majority of your population to get to/from... in Montreal that means easy by transit to all the shores as well as east/west of island. Baseball is the only large sport left where you can still bring in your own food (not beer/bottles but food), can afford to go to a game as a family (or at least a lot more affordable than NHL in Montreal)... where you can enjoy a nice day as a family outside regardless of whether the team is in first place or last place, or whether the game was a no-hitter or a blowout. It's competitive out there... and you're selling a lifestyle event as opposed to an intense 2-hour non-stop matchup like NHL/Habs. Baseball is all about the experience, talking to friends/family, eating a hot dog and sipping a beer... because the game itself is not always very exciting, not unlike golf or many other events. You attract the most people by making it a desirable and fun and affordable experience for MOST people, not just people who are specifically in love with baseball the game. At Olympic Stadium, even if it's more comfortable with nicer seats, better concessions, better sound system, etc... you're still really only going to attract people who REALLY like baseball, which is not going to be 25,000-30,000 on average, and is likely not to include enough of the business customers and higher-spending clientele that really moves the needle in terms of profitability for this kind of thing.
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    Expos coming back?

    Preuve pour M. Lisée: L'équipe est parti du stade olympique en 2004. Voyons. J'étais au stade olympique hier et je le serais encore ce soir... mais même avec tout sorte de rénovation, le stade ne serait jamais un stade de baseball mode 2018, 100% impossible. Il n'y a pas de discussions à avoir.
  11. This is my view as well. The stadium was to be located close to the existing CN route. I would suspect that nothing precludes a stadium from being built there regardless of whether a station is directly under/adjacent to the stadium. We have a tendency in Montreal to think that transit needs to be underground/connected to buildings, however if it's a 5 min walk to Griffintown station, in my view that changes nothing with regards to viability/convenience. Also agree that the REM was not a must for a stadium. My concern was more if the elevated REM route would have made it impossible to build on the land envisioned for a ballpark.
  12. Aside from the La Presse article which stated that the baseball stadium project was "dead" following the election of Plante (which I believe is a simplistic statement, given there are investors with significant time/cash invested in the project already), does the new route for the REM render the proposed Peel Basin ballpark impossible? Or would there still be a way to integrate a stadium into the area there? I am having trouble determining this from the map.
  13. This will be a beautiful way for people to walk from the downtown core to the eventual ballpark in Griffintown/Bassin Peel!
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    Laurentian Bank HQ slowly moving to Toronto....

    As someone who works in this industry (albeit not at Laurentian Bank) I believe the article is somewhat misleading. LB is growing its national presence across Canada in an effort to diversify outside of Quebec and it's normal that a lot of attention is being paid to Toronto. The vast majority of decision making, to my knowledge, occurs in Montreal including the largest-growing section of the bank which is their LBC (Laurentian Bank Capital) division.
  15. Is there any plan to repave the 40 east between Pont Iles-aux-tourtes and St-Charles in Kirkland? The westbound side was completed two years ago and we had been advised at the time that the east-bound side would be done the following year. However it still looks like a job site, temporary overhead wires and lights. The 40-east on that stretch is dangerous at this point with uneven lanes/pavement and so many holes. Not only is it dangerous, but it's ugly as well given the temporary wires and lights and concrete blocks all over, despite this being one of the busiest stretches of highway in Greater Montreal, a primary entry point from any point west of Montreal. Many of the on-ramps/off-ramps are even worse than the highway itself. Here it says that the project had an initial deadline of March 2017 and was completed in December 2014. However, they only did one direction. Grands chantiers - Transports Quebec