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  1. While, yes, we've certainly had a lot of rain... it's been the case for most cities in the northeast and in the midwest. Heck, it was snowing at the start of the Giants-Rockies game in Denver yesterday. Personally, the cost of the roof is just too high and while some above have pointed out Minute Maid Park as an example to follow: a) We don't have the same climate as Houston, that roof would need to be built a lot stronger here and probably wouldn't be as nice, b) it's not a particularly well liked ballpark compared to so many others built recently . I would instead much prefer something like what Minnesota has done with Target Field. Simple, modern but with a retro feel. The upper deck is largely covered from rain if it were to rain, there is heating in most of the concourses for cool nights and at field level, and as has been suggested you can find way to add some level of heat to the grandstands despite being open air (don't forget, in new ballparks you're not sitting in the exact same spot for 3 hours like we used to... they're designed to be explored, to walk around, and you can still see the field from all the concourses/hallways/concessions areas... there are bars, restaurants, gathering places. It's not like you're going to be stuck in a cold seat for 3hrs shivering... this is not the Autostade! Here is a review of the Minnesota ballpark which, in addition to being among the lower cost ballparks built in the last 20 years, is a good example for Montreal: http://www.ballparkratings.com/park/minnesota-twins/target-field/ Also, I will add this quote from the Ballpark Ratings site (in reference to Philadelphia's ballpark): Citizens Bank Park illustrates that having at least a good location is a necessary condition for building a great ballpark. Perhaps not having a roof is the only other necessary condition. Both Miller Park (Milwaukee) and Minute Maid Park (Houston) are good for retractable roof ballparks but generally considered at the bottom third of stadium attractiveness from the inside. Especially Milwaukee is quite ordinary inside. As a baseball enthusiast/someone who has visited a lot of parks, even the best retractable roofs are nowhere near as nice as true open air stadiums, even if it's a little cold sometimes.
  2. Ne pas oublier que le $750 million est avant le remplacement du toit et avant la rénovation intérieur du stade (sieges, corridors, toilettes, restaurants, espaces publiques, loges). J'aime bien l"idée du stade, j'adore l'architecture et c'est bien un symbole de Montréal, mais peu importe le chiffre investi le stade ne sera pas rentable pour le sport professionel. Faudrait vraiment miser sur un utilisation publique (centre d'entrainement, sport amateur, etc avec possibilité de tenir des grands évenements de temps en temps). Je ne comprends pas cette phrase - est-ce que vous faites référence a mon commentaire?
  3. Problem is, even once you have spent this $750 million + roof + funicular + interior renovations (what, $300 million at least?) = $1.5 billion... let's face it, you're still not going to have a true multipurpose stadium capable of hosting anything aside from one-off events. It is very unlikely to ever become a concert destination, you can play all you want with the esthetics it's still not going to have stands that are close enough to the field or enough suites/amenities to make the kind of money sporting events these days need to generate to pay players. We can look to BC Place for inspiration but the truth is it's being used to host 9 CFL dates per year and the soccer team plays there due to a lack of better options in a climate where it rains so frequently. The layout of that stadium makes it more conducive to concerts/sound stage than Olympic Stadium could ever be. It really is a tough call. It's too easy to say "tear it down" and maybe that's not the right answer. But I'm speaking as someone who has been to that stadium hundreds of times, who has researched it significantly, and has had a love/hate relationship with it for decades. At this point, and I point to the recent baseball games as an example, it's so far behind in terms of guest amenities/comfort combined with being in a location which provides very few benefits (no surrounding attractions for dining/bars, not central to the island/surrounding area) that I don't see how it can truly ever be an asset that won't drain funds. Forum members can think to the Mirabel airport terminal and ADM's decision to demolish because it was too expensive to maintain for the revenues it generated, and in the event that one day flights were to return to Mirabel it would be more expensive to bring it up to date than to start from scratch. Sadly, I think that's where we stand with Olympic Stadium. Even that, I cannot be certain the $120 million investment in the tower was worth the investment in terms of rent revenue - would a private company have spent that money to rent to Desjardins? We don't know. If someone proposed a new $1.5 billion tower and limited-use stadium (that would be in direct competition to the (public) Palais des Congres) paid for entirely with tax payer money, what would the answer be? We're having endless debates in the media and public forums of the POSSIBILITY that SOME public money be used to support a private baseball stadium project... Mayor Plante requiring a referendum should taxpayer money be used, etc... and here we are investing $1.5 billion with no consultation whatsoever. I can't imagine there is a true business case to keep the complex operational despite this added investment over what could be generated from land redevelopment in a strategic part of the city. The historical/architectural heritage has value. That said, contrary to any other building, it's an absolutely enormous parcel of land with extremely high upkeep costs for what it is. Downvote me all you want, that's a fact. I can't think of any regular sporting enthusiast or concert attendee that looks to any iteration of a renovated Olympic Stadium and says "yeah that's worth $1.5 billion".
  4. Up to $750 million excluding the roof, funicular and modernizing the interior of the stadium. So, $750 million before the paying customer even notices a difference or a new roof is put on. Pretty incredible for a place that even when renovated will not be a useful sports venue outside of a few events per year.
  5. Merci. Oui et non, le troncon ouest de l'A-30 réduit peut-etre le besoin d'un bord, mais en même temps il y a une augmentation de la circulation sur la 20 des gens qui veulent accéder au 30 via l'ouest de l'ile de Montréal. C'est dommage, car avec la reconstruction (en 10 ans) du Pont Iles-aux-Tourtes, la révision de l'A-20 sera probablement remis a 2030... et avec la croissance énorme du secteur de Vaudreuil-Dorion, la situation sera bien pire qu'aujourd'hui. En plus, c'est une situation "chicken and the egg" car la ville/région aimerait revoir la vitalité du boulevard Harwood (i.e. l'autoroute 20 présentement) dans le secteur, mais attend certainement une décision du MTQ. Il y a plusieurs commerces/entreprises sur Harwood qui seraient déja en redeveloppement si on avait une vision pour l'avenir. C'est difficile de comprendre pourquoi, en 2019, nous avons encore des motels style 1960 le long de Harwood. C'est plutot déprimant en considérant que c'est le point d'entré de Montréal en provenance de Toronto. On verra bien!
  6. Effectivement, mais je ne crois pas que ca soit le problème majeur. On ne parle pas de construire un autoroute de 6 voies + voies réservés etc (avec des clover ramp)... mais plutot de construire des petites rampes style Morgan/Woodland/Anciens-Combattants au minimum au Boul. Perrot et Don-Quichotte. Ca fait des décennies qu'on en parle. C'est devenu une question de sécurité, c'est l'autoroute principal entre l'Ontario et le centre-ville de Montréal. Le MTQ, a ma connaissance, a un right-of-way au nord du boulevard actuel juste au sud des chemins de fer CP et CN. https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/off-island-gazette/vaudreuil-losing-patience-waiting-for-quebec-to-relocate-highway-20 https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/off-island-gazette/highway-20-revamp-in-ile-perrot-and-vaudreuil-dorion-could-depend-on-new-government https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/off-island-gazette/potential-improvements-to-highway-20-on-the-table Video MTQ datant de 2010: Mes excuses, je viens de réaliser qu'il y a déja une discussion a ce sujet:
  7. Alors ~53,000 vehicules par jour sur la 20 sur le Pont Galipault entre Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue et l'Ile Perrot, sur 2 voies et gérer par des feux de circulation... rien dans le plan de 4 ans pour même étudier qu'on prolonge la 20 (sans feux) entre l'ile de Montréal et Vaudreuil-Dorion...
  8. Voila le plan du gouvernement: https://www.transports.gouv.qc.ca/fr/projets-infrastructures/investissements/investissements-2019-2021/Pages/investissements-2019-2021.aspx
  9. The posting says : Successful candidates from the Montreal area will be relocated to Toronto and/or the Vancouver area So I wouldn’t read too much in to this
  10. En plus, la population de l'ile Perrot, pour se rendre au REM selon le trajet prévu (i.e. Ste Anne de Bellevue) devra emprunter la sortie Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue / Boul. des Anciens-Combattants qui est un véritable cauchemare le matin lors de la période de pointe (entre les gens qui se dirigent vers A40 et ceux qui se dirigent vers le CEGEP/McGill). C'est a dire, ca risque d'être difficile d'attirer ce clientele vers le REM, alors que les habitants de Vaudreuil pourront prendre le Pont Ils aux Tourtes (via autobus) pour se rendre assez facilement vers le future Gare Ste Anne de Bellevue.
  11. Too bad it’s only seasonal, but it’s a start ! Great news.
  12. Devimco playing politics already... https://www.lapresse.ca/affaires/economie/immobilier/201902/19/01-5215248-immobilier-ca-joue-du-coude-au-bassin-peel.php why would they state they believe the land could be worth $150 million before they’ve even acquired it ? Clearly trying to position themselves against the Bronfman group and any possible transfer of land. Nice buzz words like job creation and family housing, not exactly Devimco’s priority on their prior projects.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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).