Even though I am not a big fan of this project, I have a big problem with this mindset:
1- There has been a congestion issue ever since I can remember - FIX IT! This is the geographical center of the city - You don't stop a major development because you can't get your act together;
2- I don't think that this project will ever replace downtown. People that go downtown will continue going for many more reasons than the offer proposed by Carbonleo. This project is attractive to shopping center people especially the ones that go to Dix/30, Mirabel, Carrefour Laval and not your downtown crowd;
3- We should suggest, incentivize, etc.. so that the people that put the money and take the risk are motivated to make changes. It needs to be a win/win on both sides;
4-We are sending the worst mixed message to developers. It should not be anything goes, but once a permit is issued it should be carved in stone. FIX your political structure issues and don't use developers as pawns.
5-This area is not the GOLDEN SQUARE MILE, OLD MONTREAL, OLD PORT, or DOWNTOWN. This is an industrial wasteland that needs FIXING.