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  1. Construction to begin soon? http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/montreal-plans-new-park-next-door-as-rare-downtown-green-space-is-razed
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    Le Smith - 26 étages

    It pretty much blends in and harmonizes with its neighbors. I guess that was the goal.
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    Victoria sur le Parc - 56 étages

    Strike while the iron is hot!
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    Expos coming back?

    Slowly but surely..... https://www.rds.ca/baseball/mlb/mlb-stephen-bronfman-a-rencontre-le-commissaire-rob-manfred-1.6074088
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    800 rue Saint-Jacques (Banque Nationale) - 46 étages

    So basically the land they have would not be large enough for a building footprint that will have 900,000+ sq ft within a height 139m, hence it would need to be taller.
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    Victoria sur le Parc - 56 étages

    And to think....not that long ago, the biggest condo towers being built in Montreal were Le Demetrius (14 floors) and Le Concorde (18 floors). And not a single office tower on the horizon except for a government funded cité de commerce électronique and a fluffy westcliff project. These are indeed glorious times......
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    Tour des Canadiens 3 - 55 étages

    Took a screen capture from the CTV video. Difficult to tell what the top will look like. But there seems to be some sort of crown - albeit small.
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    455 René-Lévesque Ouest - 40 étages

    Is it office? Mixed use?
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    Le Smith - 26 étages

    True, they do not use glass as a primary material, but not all their projects are ugly. The 400 Sherbrooke West and the Westin (old port) are quite nice.
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    Maison Manuvie - 28 étages

    They could have used a more recent camera shot of the skyline from the chalet.....considering they are highlighting all the construction taking place in the city....jeez....
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    Maison Manuvie - 28 étages

    Manulife says new office building a sign of its commitment to Montreal This is the second-tallest office building to be built in Montreal since the 1990s. JACOB SEREBRIN, MONTREAL GAZETTE More from Jacob Serebrin, Montreal Gazette Published on: November 27, 2017 | Last Updated: November 27, 2017 9:27 PM EST Insurance giant Manulife moved into its new building at 900 de Maisonneuve Blvd. in Montreal on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. DAVE SIDAWAY / MONTREAL GAZETTE Insurance giant Manulife says its new downtown Montreal office building is a sign of the company’s commitment to the city and to the province. “It’s symbolic of the increased presence that we believe we need to have in Quebec,” said Michael Doughty, the president and CEO of Manulife Canada. The 27-storey Maison Manuvie, at the corner de Maisonneuve Blvd. and Mansfield St., officially opened on Monday. It’s the second-tallest office building to be built in downtown Montreal since the 1990s. “It demonstrates that the Quebec and Montreal economy are showing signs of improvement,” said Kevin Adolphe, the president and CEO of Manulife Asset Management Private Markets. Manulife will occupy 11 floors of the building, and another eight storeys are being rented out to tenants. Of the rental space, more than 80 per cent of it has already been leased, Adolphe said. Those tenants include financial services firm EY and renewable-power company Boralex. The remaining seven storeys will be used for above-ground parking. The building was created through a partnership between Manulife and Montreal-based real-estate company Ivanhoé Cambridge. The joint venture leaves the two companies co-owning the building. Owning its major facilities, rather than renting, is standard practice for Manulife, Adolphe said. “In terms of all our major locations in the world, we own the space that we occupy,” he said. The company also owns buildings in Toronto, Waterloo, Boston, Hong Kong and Singapore. “It’s a great investment,” Adolphe said. The building itself is designed to be bright, with floor-to-ceiling windows. “Historically, the model was the executives would get the curtain wall, they would get the light and they would get large offices, so we’ve changed that concept and we’ve moved offices into the interior,” Adolphe said. The idea is to create a more inviting and engaging environment for employees, he said. The core and shell of the building was built to LEED Gold standards and, Manulife said, it’s the first building in Quebec to receive the WiredScore Platinum certification — a rating of the building’s telecommunication infrastructure. About 2,000 Manulife employees will work in the new building or in another facility across the street. Manulife employees in Montreal had been spread out at several buildings in the city since the company purchased Standard Life in 2015. Doughty said he sees opportunities to grow several of the company’s benefits and wealth-management businesses in Quebec as well as to use Montreal as a source of talented employees. “We think part of our transformation, as we go forward, is going to be based on becoming more of a technology company, becoming more customer-obsessed,” he said. “We think that Montreal is ripe with the talent that we would need to be able to do that.” jserebrin@postmedia.com
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    Tour des Canadiens 3 - 55 étages

    It said in the news wire that it was "joint" effort. To what extent, no clue. "Designed once again by the renowned Canadian architectural group of Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, jointly with Béïque Legault Thuot Architectes (BLTA), the building's architecture will be integrated with the surrounding area."
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    Marché d'édifices à bureaux de Montréal : actualités

    Maybe sooner than we think...... http://affaires.lapresse.ca/economie/immobilier/201710/14/01-5139996-london-life-prefere-rene-levesque-a-robert-bourassa.php Conseillers immobiliers GWL a par ailleurs des possibilités d'aménagement dans l'immeuble Guaranteed Pure Milk, au sud des 1350-1360, René-Lévesque Ouest, de même que sur le terrain vacant, voisin de SNC-Lavalin. Des projets de bureaux, d'usage mixte ou multirésidentiel, sont envisagés, a-t-elle précisé à Espace Montréal.
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    Marché d'édifices à bureaux de Montréal : actualités

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    Tour des Canadiens 3 - 55 étages

    http://affaires.lapresse.ca/economie/immobilier/201710/11/01-5139606-montreal-trois-fois-plus-de-projets-de-condos-en-un-an.php?utm_categorieinterne=trafficdrivers&utm_contenuinterne=lapresseaffaires_LA5_nouvelles_98718_accueil_POS3 "Le Club de hockey Canadien et ses partenaires Canderel et Cadillac Fairview vont annoncer la semaine prochaine le lancement de la troisième phase de la Tour des Canadiens, dans le voisinage du Centre Bell."
  16. http://www.985fm.ca/nouvelles/sports/nouvelle-maquette-du-stade-des-expos-non-retenue
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    628 Saint-Jacques - 35 étages

    So if I am reading this right, a base of 3 - 6 floors with 38 floors above that giving a possible 41 to 44 floors. Final result may be more than 120 m.
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    Réseau express métropolitain

    What is this tunnel underneath Mont-Royal? Exclusive use by the Caisse, so therefore not the metro tunnel I guess.
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    LeART - 16 étages

    YUL looks amazing in this shot; tower #2 can't come soon enough. Tour des Canadiens 1 looks pretty sleek as well.
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    L'Économie du Québec

    Another first. Publié le 15 août 2017 à 07h16 | Mis à jour à 07h16 Le géant français Decathlon s'installe à Brossard Decathlon se démarque par l'éventail étendu de son offre de produits, qui couvre 140 sports : équitation, chasse, pêche, plein air, sports individuels, sports d'équipe et jeux d'eau. PHOTO PHILIPPE HUGUEN, ARCHIVES AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE La Presse Le détaillant français d'articles de sport Decathlon ouvrira son premier magasin au Canada au Mail Champlain, à Brossard, le 1er avril 2018. Le magasin prendra la place des Ailes de la Mode dans le centre commercial, propriété de Cominar. L'espace consacré à la vente au détail aura une superficie 45 000 pieds carrés. Entre 5000 et 10 000 pieds carrés serviront à l'entreposage, et entre 10 000 et 15 000 pieds carrés seront des aires de jeux, d'expliquer Sylvain Charron, d'Oberfeld Snowcap, courtier mandaté par la chaîne pour conclure la transaction au Mail Champlain. Le but des aires de jeux est de faire bouger la clientèle, de même qu'à l'initier à la pratique de nouveaux sports. L'enseigne se démarque par l'éventail étendu de son offre de produits, qui couvre 140 sports : équitation, chasse, pêche, plein air, sports individuels, sports d'équipe et jeux d'eau. PRIX DE VENTE ATTRAYANTS Decathlon offrira sans doute de l'équipement de hockey à Brossard. Le cas échéant, il y aura de la concurrence sur la Rive-Sud puisque les hockeyeurs auront le choix entre Decathlon, Sportium et lles enseignes de Canadian Tire (Canadian Tire, Hockey Experts, Sports Experts, Intersport et Sports Gilbert Rousseau) pour s'équiper. La force de Decathlon réside dans le prix de vente des articles de ses nombreuses marques privées, catégorisées par activité sportive. « Ils sont dans l'entrée de gamme dans chacune des catégories », précise Sylvain Charron. En raison d'un revenu disponible parmi les plus faibles au pays, les Québécois réagissent habituellement bien au facteur bas prix. Hier, il a été impossible de joindre un porte-parole de l'entreprise française pour obtenir des précisions sur sa stratégie d'implantation au Canada. LE QUÉBEC, PORTE D'ENTRÉE AU PAYS De son côté, le propriétaire du Mail Champlain est évidemment fort heureux de sa nouvelle recrue. « On ne peut plus attendre que le téléphone sonne pour remplir nos centres commerciaux », a dit dans un entretien téléphonique Guy Charron, premier vice-président, exploitation, commerce de détail, chez Cominar, qui est sorti de ses vacances pour commenter la nouvelle. « On est allés les rencontrer chez eux en France pour les convaincre de venir s'établir dans l'un de nos centres. » - Guy Charron « Les dirigeants ont choisi le Québec comme porte d'entrée au Canada et aux États-Unis, poursuit-il. En commerce de détail, ce n'est pas fréquent que le Québec soit la porte d'entrée, mais cette fois-ci, c'est le cas et nous en sommes très heureux. » 1200 MAGASINS Decathlon exploite trois points de vente à Mexico, mais aucun aux États-Unis. Decathlon est un géant du commerce de détail avec près de 1200 magasins dans 26 pays et un chiffre d'affaires de 10 milliards d'euros (15 milliards de dollars canadiens). L'entreprise, qui existe depuis 1976, appartient à la famille Mulliez, l'une des plus riches de France. Elle possède aussi la chaîne de supermarchés Auchan, les quincailleries Leroy Merlin, les magasins Saint Maclou (déco) et Kiabi (mode).
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    L'Économie du Québec

    It is not only Molson that is expanding. News from 2 weeks ago but it contains some interesting tidbits on the Montreal rising economy. Sleeman quitte Lachine pour Rivière-des-Prairies ANDRÉ DUBUC La Presse Les Brasseries Sleeman déménagent leur centre de distribution montréalais de Lachine à Rivière-des-Prairies, doublant leur superficie d'entreposage au passage. Le brasseur de La Fin du Monde et de la Blanche de Chambly a de grands besoins de stockage à combler depuis qu'il a obtenu en avril le mandat de distribuer les bières Carlsberg et Kronenbourg au Québec. Il a aussi renouvelé son contrat de distribution avec Diageo, dont le portefeuille comprend les bières Guinness et Harp. Sleeman a choisi de migrer dans l'est de la métropole québécoise pour se rapprocher de sa clientèle et réaliser des gains d'efficacité. La concentration de son volume de ventes se situe effectivement dans l'Est et sur la Rive-Nord. « On était à pleine capacité à Lachine et on cherchait plus grand. À Rivière-des-Prairies, on a un accès rapide avec l'A25 et l'A40, dit Sylvain Blanchette, directeur distribution et entreposage au Québec. L'emplacement et la taille du nouvel entrepôt nous donnent de la flexibilité opérationnelle pour les années à venir en termes d'entreposage et de distribution. » Propriété du brasseur nippon Sapporo, Sleeman produit les bières de la maison mère et celles des marques Unibroue, Sleeman et Old Milwaukee. Elle distribue aussi les boissons Smirnoff Encore à base de malt. DÉMÉNAGEMENT À L'AUTOMNE Troisième brasseur en importance au pays, Sleeman a pris possession du 9225, boulevard Henri-Bourassa Est le 1er juin. L'entreprise brassicole a signé un bail de 15 ans à Rivière-des-Prairies pour une superficie de près de 275 000 pi2. Le déménagement des quelque 140 employés est prévu à l'automne, une fois les principaux systèmes de manutention installés. Le client est représenté par l'agence NAI Commercial de Paul-Éric Poitras et Gabrielle Saine, tandis que le bailleur, JP Métal, était représenté par Peter Karambatsos de Terrex. L'entrepôt de 104 000 pi2 du 1100, 50e Avenue, à Lachine, est maintenant offert en sous-location. Les 16 000 pi2 de bureaux adjacents seront libres en juin 2018. D'ici là, la direction régionale de Sleeman est en quête de nouveaux bureaux montréalais. MARCHÉ DE PROPRIÉTAIRES Le bail de Sleeman constitue l'une des plus importantes transactions survenues au cours du deuxième trimestre 2017 dans le secteur industriel à Montréal, selon le plus récent rapport de l'agence immobilière CBRE. Le taux de disponibilité des locaux industriels se situe maintenant à 6,9 % d'après CBRE, soit moins que la moyenne des sept dernières années qui s'établit à 8 %. « La tendance des loyers est légèrement à la hausse, mais les négociations avec les propriétaires sont de plus en plus ardues pour les locataires », prévient CBRE qui soutient que le marché industriel penche dorénavant en faveur des propriétaires. Des propos semblables sont tenus par l'agence Cushman & Wakefield, dans sa propre étude sur le marché industriel au deuxième trimestre. « La baisse du taux d'inoccupation laisse les locataires potentiels avec de moins en moins d'options ; bientôt, les propriétaires pourraient être en position d'exiger des loyers plus élevés », écrit Cushman. L'agence calcule que le marché a absorbé près de 1,2 million de pieds carrés au dernier trimestre. REPRISE DE L'ACTIVITÉ DE FABRICATION L'agence observe même une certaine reprise de l'activité de fabrication dans des secteurs comme le textile et l'impression. Luciano D'Iorio, directeur général de Cushman au Québec, donne l'exemple de l'imprimeur grand format Groupe Phipps Dickson Integria (PDI) qui a pris de l'expansion au 4000, boulevard Industriel à Laval. Un second exemple est celui du fabricant de complets pour hommes Joseph Ribkoff qui vient de louer 120 213 pi2 au 4141, autoroute Jean-Noël-Lavoie. Au chapitre de l'investissement, deux transactions ont attiré l'attention au cours du trimestre. Groupe Shapiro et Triad ont racheté l'ancienne usine d'électroménagers Mabe, coin Notre-Dame et Dixon, pour 6,9 millions de dollars. Puis Vista (Jordan Aberman) s'est porté acquéreur de l'ancienne usine de piles Energizer, fermée en 2015, au 7101, rue Notre-Dame Est, pour 16 millions.
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    Immobilier: plus forte hausse des prix en cinq ans à Montréal

    Housing prices in Montreal reached a new high in July JACOB SEREBRIN, MONTREAL GAZETTE More from Jacob Serebrin, Montreal Gazette Published on: August 14, 2017 | Last Updated: August 14, 2017 1:24 PM EDT SHAREADJUSTCOMMENTPRINT For the second consecutive month, housing prices in Montreal reached their highest level on record in July, according to the Teranet-National Bank House Price Index. The index, which tracks the resale price of homes, rose 1.63 per cent in the Montreal Census Metropolitan Area from June to July. It was up 3.25 per cent from July 2016. The increase in prices is being driven by increased sales, buoyed by a strengthening labour market and a decline in new listings, said Marc Pinsonneault, a senior economist at the National Bank of Canada. Given those conditions, the price increases aren’t surprising, he said. However, there were predictions that changes made to mortgage loan insurance rules last fall — which were intended to ensure that buyers would be able to afford their mortgage payments if interest rates rose — would slow growth. “People were fearing that first-time buyers will be put on the sidelines and the market would soften again in Montreal, but just the opposite happened. Maybe the regulation did have some effect, but it was dwarfed by the behaviour of the labour market,” Pinsonneault said. “There’s been quite a turnaround in Quebec on that front, especially in Montreal.” The index, which uses June 2005 as a base, reached 159.4 for the Montreal area in July. That means prices have risen 59.4 per cent since June 2005. It was 156.84 in June. The previous high was July 2016, when the index reached 154.38. jserebrin@postmedia.com
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    L'Économie du Québec

    Did a search and did not find anything on this. Hopefully it is not a duplicate. Salary increases in Quebec the highest in Canada: survey JACOB SEREBRIN, MONTREAL GAZETTE More from Jacob Serebrin, Montreal Gazette Published on: August 9, 2017 | Last Updated: August 9, 2017 8:16 PM EDT SHAREADJUSTCOMMENTPRINT Wages are rising faster in Quebec than in any other province, and Quebec is expected to continue leading the country in 2018, according to a survey conducted by the Toronto-based human resources company Morneau Shepell. Average salaries in Quebec are expected to grow by 2.6 per cent, as a percentage of payroll, in 2018, according to the survey, which was released on Wednesday. That’s compared to a national average of 2.3 per cent. British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador are expected to see the second largest increase this coming year, at 2.4 per cent. “There are certainly some good, strong economic indicators for Canada overall,” said Paula Allen, the vice-president of research and integrative solutions at Morneau Shepell. “We are seeing job creation, we are seeing good economic forecasts and, for the first time in a long time, we’ve seen interest rates increase.” The survey, which was conducted in July, found that average salaries in Quebec grew by 2.4 per cent over the previous 12 months. Again, that was the highest rate in the country and compares to a national average of 2.2 per cent. Ontario, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador followed closely behind Quebec, with average increases of 2.3 per cent. Allen said it’s likely the increases in Ontario and Quebec are being driven by the large number of head offices in the two provinces. Multinational companies based in those provinces are most likely to see the need to spend more to attract and retain staff. Quebec’s unemployment rate, currently at its lowest level in more than 40 years, is also playing a role. But there’s a broader trend as well, Allen said. As technological changes affect more industries, employers are increasingly recognizing the need to have a resilient, adaptable and highly skilled workforce. “The recognition that human capital is critical has never been higher,” she said. 370 employers, with 894,000 employees, participated in the survey. jserebrin@postmedia.com
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    L'Économie du Québec

    More venture capital invested in Montreal than any other Canadian city in Q2 JACOB SEREBRIN, MONTREAL GAZETTE More from Jacob Serebrin, Montreal Gazette Published on: July 24, 2017 | Last Updated: July 24, 2017 11:32 AM EDT SHAREADJUSTCOMMENTPRINT Almost half of all venture capital invested in Canadian companies between April 1 and June 30 went to Montreal-based businesses. Buoyed by interest in artificial intelligence and a couple of big deals, Montreal-based companies raised US$189 million during the second quarter of 2017, according to a report released by PwC Canada and CB Insights, the creator of a data intelligence platform. (The report cites figures in U.S. dollars, as most venture capital deals are denominated in that currency.) That’s more money than was invested in companies from any other city in Canada. It’s also a 145 per cent increase from the previous three-month period, when local companies raised $77 million in VC. The money was spread across nine deals, with the lion’s share going to two companies — artificial intelligence firm Element AI, which raised $102 million, and cancer drug developer Repare Therapeutics, which raised $68 million. Those were the two biggest VC deals in Canada during the quarter. “Montreal is really placing itself to have great success in the artificial intelligence field, not just across Canada, but internationally,” said Andrew Popliger, an assurance, technology, media and telecom partner at PwC. “Governments, institutional investors, private investors, VCs — they’re all coming together to ensure that Montreal has an important place in the world in terms of artificial intelligence.” While local companies may have raised more money during this period, there were fewer deals. During the first thee months of the year, VC investors made 16 investments in local companies. “Some quarters, you have a higher volume of transactions and lower value. I think when there’s larger-value transactions, it’s definitely positive. These are companies with a lot of potential,” Popliger said. Of the remaining seven deals, Popliger said many were “seed-stage” investments, which are small investments in young companies. For Popliger, one of the most notable venture capital trends in Montreal during the quarter was the increased number of companies, and not just venture capital funds, investing in startups. “I see that as one of the biggest positives coming out of the report,” he said. It’s a sign that bigger companies believe in Montreal’s startup ecosystem and are willing to back it financially, he said, adding that it will lead to further economic growth. “That’s really the key to success for the Montreal economy,” Popliger said. Despite the positive signs, venture capital activity in Montreal was down from the second quarter of 2016, when local companies made 18 deals worth $195 million. That mirrored a nation-wide trend. Across Canada, there were 58 venture capital deals during the quarter, worth a total of $400 million, down from 67 deals worth $529 million during the same period last year. Montreal was also home to two of the three most active venture capital investors during the quarter — the Business Development Bank of Canada was the most active, with 12 deals, and Real Ventures made five deals. “If you look at the Montreal market, I think we have all the ingredients to have a promising second half of the year,” Popliger said. Canada’s top VC markets during Q2 2017 by dollars invested: Montreal — $189 million Toronto — $107 million Vancouver — $57 million Ottawa — $16 million Waterloo — $11 million